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If you missed the announcement about which nine contestants made it through to Round 2 of Creating with the Stars, click here! We’re dying to see what those ladies come up with for this week’s Knockoff theme!
There are some nice end tables out there, but this one ranks way up there on the coolness scale (is there such a thing? If not, we just made one.) We love how Sarah, from While They Snooze, used something free to create something totally fabulous for her home. Booyah to pricey furniture everywhere. Let’s take a look at how she made this bad boy…
On a run a week or so back, I passed a house in my neighborhood with 6, count ’em 6, old tires on the curb (Where you at HOA??). My slightly hoarderish brain immediately tried to think of projects I could use them for. Alas, as Beyonce blasted in my ears, I thought of nothing and ran past. Fast forward a few days to when the Creating with the Stars announcement was made and I learned theme one was Upcycle. In the midst of picking my jaw back up off the floor, I remember those grimy tires. Early Saturday morning, still bra-less and in my PJs, I drove to that house and hurled the one tire that was left into the back of my car. Let’s hope the morning fog prevented most from seeing that. Don’t be fooled, though the kids look excited, they are confused as to why mommy threw garbage in the car.
As the tire lay in my garage, it dawned on me that it was the perfect size/shape for a side table. 24″ round. Just needed some legs and some (a boat load of) prettying up.  Here’s what I did.


  • Old tire – Mine still had the rim… it will still work if it doesn’t.
  • Plywood – One circle for the base and one for the top. My plywood is 1/2″ thick.
  • Legs – Get creative! I used wood but you could use an upside down flower pot, metal, or buy pre-made legs from Ikea. This tutorial will show you how to make wood legs.
  • Rope – to disguise the tire. I used 350 feet (yikes!) of 1/4″ sisal and manila rope sold in little bags at Home Depot.
  • Glue/Screws/hardware to attach the legs – This will vary depending on what legs you get.
  • Construction Adhesive – To glue the tire to the base and the rope to the tire. I used Liquid Nails.
  • Basic tools – This will vary depending on what your base is made from. I used a jig saw to cut the circles. A chop saw, table saw, and jig saw the cut the legs. Drill to attach the legs.
Step 1: Scrub your tire.
Chances are it’s going to be really grimy. Give it a scrub with some dish soap to cut the grease.  This will also help your adhesive stick better. Let it dry.
Step 2: Cut out two plywood circles.
First circle should fit in the center of your tire to make a flat surface to form the table top.  I measured, then nailed a piece of string into the center of my plywood, attached a pencil, and drew the circle.  I had to sand the edges of the circle here and there to make it fit in the tire.
The second circle is the base that the tire will sit on.  Trace your tire and cut the circle one or two inches smaller than that.
I bribed the hubs with lunch so he would cut them out for me. 🙂
Step 3: Cut out some legs.
Since this table will be replacing another (ugly) table in my living room, I measured the height of that existing table.  It was 20″. The tire is 9″ high, so I needed 11″ legs. Side tables vary in height though. They should work well with the seating they will be next to. So measure your tire and then figure out how high you need your legs.
I must confess, my husband came up with the idea of using the rocker slats from our rocking octopus, cut in half, for the legs.
Since I didn’t want to destroy the octopus (poor Ollie!), we took them off, traced them onto some scrap pine from the garage, and cut them out. If you don’t have rocking octopus legs to trace 🙂 rectangles would be fine!
Cut out.
Cut in half and sand smooth.
Step 4: Assemble the legs.
Take your larger base circle and arrange the legs equally spaced around the perimeter. To make the table a little more sturdy, I cut some small blocks from the scrap pine to use as supports for the legs. I glued the blocks to the legs with wood glue and clamped overnight. Once they were dry, I glued them to the wood circle, attached L brackets, and put a screw in through the top of the wood.
At this point I stained the legs and the rim of the base circle.  However, they didn’t turn out that great.  I’ll fix that in a minute.
Step 5: Glue tire to base.
Once the legs are secure and dry, flip the base over, apply generous blobs of construction adhesive, and set your tire in the center.

Step 6.: Glue smaller circle to top of tire.
The smaller circle should fit slightly inside the inner curve of the tire so when it’s in place, the whole surface is flat… or close to flat. Since my tire has the rim, I just glued to that.
Step 7: Glue rope to tire.
Attention: hot glue does not stick to tires just incase you were considering it. 🙂 I tried… no go. Stick with the liquid nails. Bonus: Liquid nails is the same color as rope. Some of it bled through. You can’t even tell. Turn the table over, start around the base, and work your way to the top of the table.
Keep going! Once you get around the lip it’s easier if you flip it back over. I used a combination of sisal rope (the lighter color) and natural manila rope (the dark color). Both are sold in 50′ sections at Home Depot.
Once you get to the top rim it gets tricky.  The rope kept wanting to pop off so I had to keep it taped down with painter’s tape as I went until the adhesive dried.
Then, when I hit the plywood, I switched to hot glue.  Much easier! (Does anyone else have toys mixed in with their projects?)
Step 8: Paint the legs.
Remember how the stain on the legs came out kind of meh?  Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick had the great idea to “dip” them.  Basically, I painted the bottom half of the legs bright citrus yellow. Not meh anymore!
And that’s it. You can put the rope down. You’re done. I can’t wait to have people over and see if anyone knows it’s an upcycled tire!
My staging assistant. ; )
And so you know last week was one CRAZY week… here’s a lovely shot I took of myself, gluing rope to a tire at midnight while the rest of the family snoozed. Enjoy.
Ahhh, so fun! You guys have to see the behind the scenes look at Sarah’s round 1 project. You know we love it when people keep it real! Sarah is super talented with a sewing machine, but we totally dig these fun DIY Chevron Curtains she made from Ikea curtains.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how Sarah created that who-would-have-ever-thought-you-could-do-that-with-egg-crate-insulation light fixture. Omw. Soooo creative.
Also, do you want to be a part of Creating with the Stars yourself? You can link up your favorite upcycle project right here until tonight at 10 PM EST for a chance to win a great prize package and be featured on EC2!
Happy Friday, friends!


The comments +

  1. Melissa says:

    Love this project so much that I’m dying to give it a try myself…I’m wondering if the tire still smells…rubbery…if you know what I mean? Can you spill the beans there?

    • Not at all! That was the first thing my husband said when I told him the idea. So I thought it might need to be an outdoor table. But after the scrub, I don’t smell anything. It just smells like the sisal rope that is on it. It’s been in my living room for almost 2 weeks now and I still don’t smell anything. Might depend on the kind of tire though???

  2. Shannon Fox says:

    Love this real trash to treasure makeover. The dipped look painted legs take it over the top! Love the sunny yellow 🙂 It really is fabulous!!

  3. Katie says:

    Seriously, I’m still in shock that the main part of this table is a tire!!! Sarah did an amazing job!

  4. birdsong says:

    thank you for this step by step. I’m making a bunch of these for my wedding to put on blankets with pillow seats. I’m thinking of nixing the legs though. ? I really wish the rope was sold in larger quantities- i’ve looked high and low and no luck. I was secretly kind of hoping you had used something else.

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