Modpodge Octopus table

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A bit ago I shared this post at Mod Podge Rocks.
Which rocked :).

It is a favorite of mine and I wanted to share it with you…

See this sad, broken end table…


Some paint, old books, printed Octopus, and…Mod Podge
turned it into this…

An Octopus table!


by Hating Martha


1. fix the table leg. Done!

2. Paint the table. I used a gorgeous sea blue. And in all honesty,
I used spray paint. I know. But, it’s so easy!


3. Find an old dictionary and take out some of the pages.


4. Lather Mod Podge all over the top of the table. Watch that it
doesn’t drip along the side.


5. Carefully place you pages on the top. Move quickly, making sure
the pages are facing the direction you want and that they are only
sticking to the top (not along the sides).


6. Carefully cut the ends of the pages off (I used a sharp craft knife)


7. Cover the top with Mod Podge

I forgot the picture for this…but you know how to do that!

8. Print out the Octopus of choice ( I found a black and white and
printed it to several pages for a larger size) and cut it out.


9. Mod Podge the octopus to the top of the table. Watch that you
have it placed properly.


10. After the ModPodge has dried…”age” it by brushing wood
stain on and then rubbing it off.


by Hating Martha


If desired…finish with a coat of Polyurethane and edge the top
with hotglue and rope.


by Hating Martha


Linking up this project with these happening places…

The DIY Showoff-Making the World Cuter--Mod Vintage Life-Today’s Creative Blog-Home Stories A 2 Z-At the Picket Fence--Uncommon Designs

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Marilyn

    June 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Awesome project….LOVE it! :D

  2. Maya @ Completely Coastal

    June 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Oh my… so fabulous!!!

  3. Maryann Interior Salvage

    June 5, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Really love your table and the giant octopus! What a great idea. It would be so much fun in a kid’s room or family room. Your blog name is THE BEST!, and the mutache is tres’ magnifique!

    Incidentally, when I googled Mustache to check my spelling I found that there is an organization called the American Mustache Institute http://www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/

    Perhaps you should apply for membership!

  4. Liz

    June 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    So fantastic! I have a tray halfway painted to which I was going to collage something. I’m not sure what yet, but I love how you did the background on this with the pages and the image on top. Adding rope would be a great idea too. Thanks for sharing this. The whole thing is just too cool! I hound your post at Mod Vintage Life.

  5. Courtney!

    June 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Octopus table! Love it! And the blue is just lovely! I’ve been known to use spray paint as well…it doesn’t chip off as much. Great find and great rehab!

  6. Erika

    June 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

    What a Beautiful & cute octopus turned out, very clever, and wonderful. congratulations.

  7. cassie

    June 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    SO fun! i have a giant octopus on my shower curtain, so indeed i feel a strong kinship with you and your table. :)

  8. Bliss

    June 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

    How did you get the top that sort of distressed/aged color?


  9. Jill @ Junky Vagabond

    June 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    The table is such a cute shape! The book pages and octopus make it so funky – luv it :)

  10. Natalie

    June 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Oh wow Janel – your ideas totally rock!!!!!! Love this table – love it! xxx Nat

  11. Bella

    June 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Hey! What’s wrong with spray paint?? :)

    Love that blue, it’s so bright and beachy especially with that awesome octopus!

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