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Trash to Treasure: Turn an Ashtray in to a Side Table!

Learn how to turn an old metal ashtray into a beautiful side table with just a few coats of spray paint and a glass table top in this side table DIY!
Author: Beth Kingston


  • ashtray
  • Rust-oleum Universal in Satin Nickel
  • Glass Top from Amazon
  • clear Gorilla Glue


  • We removed the lid, hosed it off to remove the dirt and dust, and we were ready to paint. Note – if you find something with lots of rust give it a quick sanding before you start the painting process.
  • This Rust-oleum Universal is pretty darn amazing. No priming and the paint goes on thick, smooth and easy. We did two coats and it was fully covered!
  • Our last (and hardest) step was finding the glass top! We ended up buying ours on Amazon, but they are also available at Walmart and a variety of other retailers in a bunch of sizes so you can find exactly what you need for your project. Adhere it to your table with clear Gorilla Glue and voila – you’ve got a side table!