Up-Cycled Herringbone Parque Bedside Table Top

That’s a mouthful. Here goes another Pinterest beauty… I saw this tutorial and thought it was just the thing to give some hand-me-down 70’s bedside tables a facelift. Turns out…it’s more complicated than it looks : s

Once again, I can’t take any credit for this little bit of genius – I found the tutorial here on hometalk.com.

If you fancy giving it a try, you will need the following:

1. Wooden paint stirrers (I used about 50 – from ebay)

2. Glue gun

3. Stanley knife and/or a junior hack saw

4. (Optional) Bees Wax / Wood varnish (I used ‘Coloron’ Beeswax in Georgian Medium Oak)

I started off by chopping the ends off a load of the paint stirrers as you need right angles to make a half decent herringbone pattern. Depending on the type of paint sticks you buy, this bit can be simple or an absolute nightmare… My paint stirrers were nearly all a different width which made it pretty difficult when trying to fit them together – nothing a bit of sanding and/or stanley kniife stripping wouldn’t fix).

The tutorial suggests starting your pattern in the middle of the table and drawing a straight line on the surface you are working on as a guide. 

After all your sticks are in place, you will need to give your bedside table a hair cut and trim off all the over hanging bits (being careful not to snap of or split any of the sticks – not speaking from personal experience of course…) – Sorry for the lack of photos at this point…as you can probably tell, I was a bit preoccupied!

The last step was to stain my somewhat higgldey-piggldey herringbone effort. I found this to make a huge difference – turning what previously looked liked balsa wood into something more robust and even more expensive looking!

This was the magic ingredient (but in Georgian Medium Oak – or whatever your preference) – from good old B&Q:image

Before beeswax:

After beeswax (thank you bees):


Now I have to decide what to do with the rest of the cabinet!….I think a spot of decoupage may be in order – to be continued!

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