Repurposed Game Table – Beloved Treasure

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Not all valuable pieces of furniture are antique or costly. Sometimes their value is gained by the memories made. This repurposed game table still keeps the games and puzzles but in a simpler way. 


A repurposed game table seems like a simple project and it is but it has such a deep meaning behind this inexpensive circular piece of wood. It was the early 2000’s and we were living the California dream and enjoying getting to know my husband’s family. We were living in Huntington Beach and decided to add on a family room so we could have space to hold family and friend gatherings. Part of the addition was to build out a corner complete a window bench and flanking bookshelf units.  

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To make this little corner the perfect spot for reading or game playing – I needed a table. I purchased iron legs off an internet website which back then felt really gutsy (by the way this company is still in business and they are great!) and I grabbed a no-frills plain wooden circle from my local hardware store. I decided to run a blade in an “X” pattern on the wood circle and use two different stains to mimic a very basic inlay pattern. 

The size was perfect for the corner and something wonderful happened…

In fact, it was everything I had hoped would happen –

Family and friends gathered around to lay the perfect puzzle piece onto the board or take their turn on the latest board game. So many happy memories.

What I didn’t expect to happen or I wasn’t thinking would happen?

So many family members and friends have since left this earth. 

Now, this chunk of wood that can be found at any hardware store has become invaluable to me. When we moved from California and made our way to the great Lone Star state, this game table was on the truck. We never really had the perfect spot as we did in our beach house but I was not going to let it go.

Nope. So what to do? My husband came up with the answer- turn it into a coffee table. We were in need of one for the family room and with minor changes – it would be perfect.

The changes were easy peasy. 

Remove the tall legs from the game table –





Attach shorter hairpin legs to the game table –


repurposed game table view with hairpin coffee table height legs


TADA! Repurposed game table! Now we have this sweet coffee table that still pulls duty as a game table when the ottomans are pulled up around it. The precious times continue! This shorter version may have been privy to a few girls’ nights chatting and laughing over a good charcuterie board as well. ?

Fast forward to our latest move, I still needed a coffee table but my stain finish has really taken a beating and started to look rough so I gave it a mini temporary makeover by painting it in a gloss black acrylic paint and I used antique gold Rub n Buff on the hairpin legs.

repurposed game table finished project 

Some days are harder than others. Living away from family is not easy – you can miss out on so much. The little day-to-day sweetness. We are fortunate that our families rally for each other and refuse to let the bonds degrade. We are also extremely grateful for the friends over the years who decided to become part of our family. 

Bottom line:

Through the adventures and heartbreak, life is precious, it is so good and this little table reminds me of that every day. 

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  1. The message is so nice. Simple things can definitely become sentimental. I moved from California to Washington and I miss my family so much! We send eachother little packages of small gifts & I have my son draw pictures to include ?

  2. Joy, what a lovely upcycle! My project too was a family memory! What a wonderful reminder of all of the folks who enjoyed that table in the past! Just lovely!

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