Side Table

The Easy Way to Make a Stump Coffee Table!

Making this live edge stump table was a challenging endeavor for me, but not how you might expect.  I decided to do minimal processing of the stump.  That meant no taking off the bark, no leveling with a router, and for the love of all things good–no sanding!  Yes, I almost blew it with the sanding.  I broke down and got the sander out.  But I needed a longer extension cord, and looking for it slowed me down just long enough to come to my senses.  So you understand, I would normally sand a stump like this for hours to get it flat and smooth.  But this time, I wanted to go in a different direction.

DIY Live Edge Stump Coffee Table with Bark and Painted Top.

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Little Cement Low Table or Plant Stand with Chunky Legs

Every now and then I have a project that just doesn’t work out, at least not in time for the next time I want to post. This happened right before a recent Christmas-time trip to visit my sister and her family. In fact, two projects didn’t work well enough to put out there on the web. That left me in a bit of a bind, being away from home and not able to work on another project. Well the good news is, the break at Christmas gave me a chance to get a project gallery onto my blog, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Check it out in the menu bar above.  Another thing I had time for during the break is starting a new community Pinterest board–Concrete and Cement Furniture/Decor/Garden Community Board.  I started it because I wanted a place for concrete/cement enthusiasts to have a place to gather and post.  Check it out and follow the board if you like it.  If you want to join as a contributor, type “ADD ME” on this pin https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500603314815473738/ (shown below).

DIY Furniture Studio Concrete and Cement Furniture/Decor/Garden Community Board.

I’ll then send you an invite to the board, and after you accept the invite you can add pins to the board.  You know who you are, and you need to join!

During the Christmas trip, I spent considerable time with paper and a pencil on airplanes.  I now have many furniture and decor ideas that need developing, and the procedures and details ferreted out–which for me usually takes some time and trial and error.  Okay, to make a long story short, I still needed a project to put up on the blog in the short term, so I wandered around the house looking at what I had and came up with an idea.  I call it a little cement low table with chunky legs, aka a cement plant stand with chunky legs.

DIY Cement Low Table or Plant Stand with Chunky Legs.

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5+ Fantastic DIY Side Tables Under $25 from DIY Furniture Studio

If you make one of these side tables you will be the only person with one like it.  Yours will be your color, your piece of wood, your chosen legs, your height, and so on….customized to how you want it.  The top three things I have in mind about the DIY furniture I create are that the furniture is: 1) customizeable, 2) easy to make, and 3) inexpensive.  So here are 5 side tables I made this year that cost less than $25 to make and can be made by people without much experience or expensive tools.  They are all customizable in ways that I describe in the posts and in other ways you think of.  Please feel free to share your version of any of these side tables in the comments section, or e-mail me photo(s), and I will put together a “brag” post.  (This goes for any of my tutorials.)

DIY cement side table. Tutorial.

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Easy Cement Side Table with Removable Legs

For all of you concrete/cement enthusiasts, check out the DIY Furniture Studio Concrete and Cement Furniture/Decor/Garden Community Board on Pinterest. If you want to join as a contributor comment “ADD ME” on this pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500603314815473738/ or email me at jen@diyfurniturestudio.com.

DIY cement side table. Tutorial. Easy.

Here is a unique, colored cement side table that can be made in a few hours and has removable legs so you can switch leg styles with ease.


DIY furniture. Make your own cement side table. This one has removable legs and is tinted with latex paint. Tutorial. Easy.

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Tree Stump Side Table with Mix and Match DIY Leg Options

 

DIY live edge side table with three DIY furniture leg options.
DIY live edge side table with three DIY furniture leg options.
DIY live edge side table with three DIY furniture leg options.

The wood for stump tables is affordable (usually free!).  In this post I’ll show you some low-cost, easy-to-make DIY furniture leg options for your stump table.  Of course, the legs can be used in other furniture projects, too!


I don’t have that much carpentry experience, and I’ll tell you a secret–I’m not sure I want too much.  What I mean is, if a furniture piece involves a compound miter saw and a table saw, lots of angled cuts, a long cut list (or any cut list), a pneumatic nailer, or generally something complex, it probably isn’t the project for me.  I admire fellow bloggers who can whip out a big farmhouse table or something similar.  But for many types of furniture builds, I like looking but not doing.  Are any of you in this situation?
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