Tabletop for steel frame table

After making the square tube steel frame for the side table using Connect-it adaptors, here's how I used Rust-Oleum Chalked spray paint to finish off the table top.



6 of 22 x 67 x 564mm pine slats for the top

Click here for instructions on making the steel frame for the table

Rust-Oleum Chalked spray paint in your choice of colour/s

Rust-Oleum Chalked matte clear coat

150-grit sandpaper


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Kreg pockethole jig

Coarse-thread pockethole screws

Quick clamps


1. Join the sections for the table top together using a Kreg pockethole jig. Make sure each section is aligned, flat and flush with the adjoining plank.

GOOD TO KNOW: It helps to clamp the sections together as you join. This holds the sections firmly in place.

2. Put down a drop cloth or newspaper to spray the assembled table top with Rust-Oleum Chalked spray paint.

GOOD TO KNOW: Shake the can well before use and work in a well-ventilated space.

3. Allow the paint to dry completely before rubbing down with 150-grit sandpaper - working with the direction of the grain. You can sand as little or as much as you want for the desired finish. 

4. After wiping clean, shake the can before applying Rust-Oleum Matte Clear Coat over the painted surface. This offers protection for the table top. 

5. To mount the table top onto the frame, drill 6mm holes through the steel pipe close to the corners on the front and back sections. Secure with 40mm screws. 


For a more rustic finish...

After spraying with the base colour, apply Rust-Oleum Chalked Linen White or Chiffon Cream.

Use the old-fashioned distressing technique by rubbing a wax candle over the surface of the wood before spraying. Spray lightly and let dry and then use fine steel wool to take back the paint and reveal the base coat colour.