DIY: Milo Baughman Inspired Cube Table

milo baughman portrait Milo Baughman was an American furniture designer who created modern pieces with clean lines that were surprisingly unpretentious and reasonably priced for the day. Many of his furniture pieces are still reproduced today and deservedly so.Milo loung chairs

milo baughmanI have always loved his open sided cube tables. When I found an admittedly flimsier but still clean lined and reasonable plant stand at IKEA I thought I could create something fabulous that would work with some of today’s decorative finishes and Mr. Baughman’s clean lines.

The Design


My house has a lot of traditional pieces of furniture. My mother and grandmother loved to pass down furniture. I believe you should buy quality furniture pieces but the only problem with that philosophy is that they never die. So I am slowly transitioning to a cleaner aesthetic one tiny corner at a time.

One of the ways to mix traditional and modern aesthetics is to take a modern shape and use colors and finishes that blend with your traditional piece. That is what I decided to do with my cube table.

I painted the entire cube gold and created a mosaic top using marbleized blue paper and epoxy to give it a nice glassy top. This was designed to coordinate with a blue leather wing back with brass nail heads I have in my family room. Contrasting colors would work just as well, in fact I am still hunting for the perfect pillow to put in the chair to add a pop of color.


The Materials


  • 1 IKEA PS 2520 plant stand table (found in the garden/plant section) IKEA PS 2012
  • 2’x4′ thin plywood sheet cut to size of top – I traced around the plastic top to get the right size. You could probably use the plastic top if you primed it with a paint meant for plastic but I did not want to experiment with the epoxy finish I was afraid it might make the paint bubble off of the plastic – if you try it and it works let me know)
  • 5 sheets of a decorative paper of your choice (this is more than you will need but I always buy a little extra to save a second trip to the store)
  • Mod Podge or other clear drying glue
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice – I used Design Masters Gold
  • Pour on epoxy – this is the KEY to creating a table top that will withstand daily useepoxy
  • Plastic cup to mix epoxy
  • Wooden craft stick for mixing and spreading (you could also use a plastic knife – the box suggests spreading with strong paper but I did not find index cards sturdy enough)
  • Small finish nails
  • Spackle or wood filler

The Process

  • Watch the video first, these instructions are meant to help you remember the order or answer any additional question
  • Assemble the cube following the IKEA instructions
  • Cut out the wooden top and attach it to the cube with the small finish nails. Sink the nails and fill the holes
  • Paint the entire thing with 2-3 coats of gold paint
  • Cut out the diamonds from the paper using these measurementsmosaic-diamond-pattern
  • I used a paper cutter but scissors would do.  I cut through 3 pieces at a time to save timemosaic-cut-out
  • Cut out the squares
  • mosaic-square-patternDraw lines through the center of the top to help keep your design centered
  • I laid out the entire top before I stuck anything down to see if I needed to make any adjustmentsmosaic---layout-pattern
  • Here is a guide to help you lay out your top
  • mosaic-patternGlue down your pieces – they do not have to be well attached because the epoxy will hold them in place
  • Mix your epoxy following the directions on the box carefully
  • Mosaic-pouringPour out the resin spreading it out around the top – not into one pool in the middle
  • Use the wooden stick to spread the epoxy out evenly – it does not spread itself so if it is uneven when you stop working with it, it will dry that wayMosaic-spreading-epoxy
  • Watch the epoxy for the first 15 minutes or so – blow lightly on any bubbles to pop and remove them, clean up any drips that go over the side
  • Let the table cure for at least 48 hours before touching or using

Watch the video if you are confused about any part of this process, or comment and I will respond!

The Outcome

I love this light weight table, it is easy to move around but packs a big design punch. It may sound like this is complicated but the project basically consists of cutting out paper, gluing it down and pouring something on top My kids keep touching the surface to try to figure how it looks so much like glass. Create your own mosaic pattern, let your imagination go wild. If you do send us a photo I would love to see it.

The Budget

$24.99 –IKEA PS 2510 (It is usually $29.99 but I found it marked down)

$13.98 - Epoxy

$2.95 –5 Pieces of scrapbook paper at 59 cents each

$3.79- Gold spray paint

$6.00 -Small piece of 1/4 inch plywood

$0.00 – I had the Mod Podge, finish nails and wood filler

TOTAL: $51.71 52 projects smaller How to Build a Custom Upholstered Ottoman for Less than $52 This project is part of our 52 series. We add new video regularly to our YouTube page  YES Spaces DIY We have directions and when needed measurements and plans here every week as well. So be sure to subscribe here and over on YouTube so you don’t miss anything I am currently cooking up all the projects and simultaneously pulling together our MESS to YES makeover schedule for the year so if you have projects or spaces you are struggling with and would like some inspiration let me know and I will try to tackle as many as I can here this year.

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  1. Wow, very cool! I would never think to do this, but it seems very intuitive now that you’ve shared this! You’re right that the mosiac detail does pack a nice unique design punch!