Ballard Designs Knock off With Pure Bond One Panel Challenge

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The theme this month is Pure Bond one panel challenge. I have not worked with Pure Bond before, but I have heard great things about it. It is formaldehyde free and soy based, and is produced in the US and Canada. You can get it in so many thicknesses and wood types pre finished and unfinished. Pure Bond is sold at Home Depot stores, or you can check out this Link to find out where to buy it near you.

The moment I heard what this months theme was I knew exactly what I wanted to do. It is a project I have had in mind for about three years now, after I went to Haven. I am in LOVE with Ballard Designs furniture but not the price tag. 

My inspiration was one of their Durham tables. When I saw it, I knew I could knock it off and it would be an easy DIY project.

I started off with this fish tank stand I found at a thrift store about five years ago. It has been sitting in my garage waiting for  the right makeover. I cleaned it up and gave it a quick upgrade by spray painting it with an oil rubbed bronze. 

I bought a sheet of 1/2 birch Pure Bond plywood from Home Depot and I had Mr. Muscles cut two pieces to fit on the top and the bottom.

Isn't he so handy? He measured the top and bottom and used a jigsaw to cut them out. One of these days I will have to get a table saw, but for now this will have to do. For people who don't like power tools or don't have their own Mr. Muscles, you can take your measurements with you and have Home Depot cut it for you. 

I stained both cut pieces and then sealed them with wax. We used some metal brackets to secure the top of them to the base of the "fish tank" stand.

I did not have quite the right tools so its slightly crooked, but hey it gives it character. I LOVE how it turned out though, I think it is super cute and versatile.

It is amazing what you can do with one piece of plywood. I turned a 5 dollar fish tank stand into a stylish table that's magazine worthy!!!  What would you do with one panel? Comment below and let us know! Don't forget, Home depot can cut it for you if you come prepared with your measurements. 


  1. It looks great! Its very stylish and creative.

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  4. That's a real nice way to recycle a fish tank stand. :)

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