Vintage find into drink table


Popping in today to share my latest vintage find.

I love mixing old and new pieces in my home and always keep an eye out for a unique piece to add to my collection.

Last Fall I found this cute vintage canister during the Found Cottage Mercantile Market and knew it was the perfect size for a drink table.

What is a “drink table”?

A drink table is exactly what it sounds like: an adorably tiny table to place your drink.

Whatever your drink of choice, be it coffee in the morning or an evening glass of wine, you deserve somewhere stylish to set it.

I love a good vintage find!

Turning a Vintage Find into a drink table

This is my favorite kind of project.

All you really need is a little vision.

And a little elbow grease.

I started by cleaning the canister.

Be careful with what you use to clean your vintage pieces with.

Start with soap and water and see if that is enough.

My canister – I think it is from the 1930’s and was used to carry old film reels started out in good condition.

I followed up with a little leather cleaner.

It darkened it slightly but I tested it first and liked the result.

Cleaning vintage canister before adding wheels.
Cleaning the vintage canister.

I needed to add a little height in order to use this as a drink table.

So I decided to add these little vintage wheels which would allow me to move this piece around the house easily.

Adding wheels to the drink table.

This canister had a flimsy bottom so I needed to add something more substantial to attach the wheels to.

Adding a new bottom
I added a plywood bottom.

Plywood would give a bit more support.

I simply traced a circle and cut it out with a jigsaw.

I can’t believe how handy my jigsaw is!

Next up I swapped out the cardboard bottom (I was able to use an exacto knife to cut it out) and inserted the plywood which is sitting on a little ridge.

Vintage look wheels.

These wheels will also lock which you want so the table doesn’t move (and spill your wine)!

Close up of vintage wheels

How easy is that?!?

Perfect for morning coffee.

Mixing vintage with modern is a love language of mine.

You can see from my Vintage Chicken Crate or at my Modern Plant Stand that adding wheels or legs is one of my favorite ways to reimagine a vintage find.

Vintage find to drink table.

That is it for today!

I am sharing with a few friends today that are showing different ways to make something new again. Make sure you take a peek to see what they are up to!

New Again

A Life Unfolding
Vintage Find Into a Drink Table

vintage find used as a coffee table next to an armchair

Noting Grace
DIY Thrifted Lamp Makeover

wooden lamp on a stool next to a white armchair

Roots of Home
Vintage Thonet Inspired Bentwood Stool

Sand Dollar Lane
Our Shiplap Kitchen Island Reveal

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Until next time,


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  1. […] A Life UnfoldingVintage Find Into a Drink Table […]

  2. Hi Libbie!
    You have such an eye for wonderful pieces! So smart to add the wheels. It turned out beautifully next to your pretty floral chair. Where is the best place or such finds? I love the uniqueness of the pieces.

  3. Michele says:

    I love seeing how people revamp furniture. I’ve never tried it, but I’m always so impresses when I see what others have done-your drink table included!!

  4. Dara says:

    That turned out so well! You really have a talent for repurposing items in an elegant way!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    This is such a cute table! Please tell me more about the square planter/box and this fair that you purchased both items. IT looks as if it had some amazing finds.

  6. Leen Curinga says:

    Libbie, you’re so good at seeing the hidden potential in pieces! I love this little table!
    I really want to go to that market with you!!

  7. Libbie, you have done an amazing job with this unique piece! I love the pattern on the chair too!


  8. Brooke says:

    What a cute little table! And it looks so good with your chair.

  9. Cindy says:

    Projects like this are right up my alley. Adding the casters is a great idea, Libbie! I say, let’s put casters on every side table upcycle! Pinning 😊

  10. Marieza says:

    What a lovely piece! I love what you did with it, so creative! I am crazy about caster wheels. I have a project coming up where I’ll be adding some to a very low old coffee table.

  11. What a clever martini table!
    I wish I had time to do a DIY project! Always fun and rewarding! I used to do projects like this before I became an interior designer.
    You have inspired me to do DIY projects again!

  12. What a wonderful piece, Libbie! I love how you added castors to it. So clever! Thank you so much for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! xo

  13. Renae says:

    This is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing on Fabulous Friday Link Party. We sure appreciate you. Hugs and blessings to you.

  14. Nancy Weiss says:

    I’m very impressed this table is beautiful. You are very talented and I enjoyed reading how you made it.

  15. What a great new life for that cannister! I love how you added the wheels. I was even at the Found Cottage Mercantile Market this past year, too! (We’re from Chicago suburbs.) I got some great finds as well:) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen

  16. Libbie,
    I love this upcycle idea. I’d like to share a link on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. […] Another great vintage upcycle idea. See Libbie’s Vintage Find into Drink table. […]

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