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Wood Shim Side Table with Tapered Mid-Century Modern Legs

DIY side table made with an upcycled wood shim table top and modified Waddell mid-century modern tapered table legs painted black.

The top of this side table is made of ordinary cedar wood shims, and the legs are customized Mid-Century Modern tapered Waddell brand legs.


DIY side table made with an upcycled wood shim table top and modified Waddell mid-century modern tapered table legs painted black

The “wood shim wall art” project started as a “table top for a small side table” project.  But, a couple of things happened along the way.  I made the wood shim table top and had DIY legs in mind, but after I got the legs made I decided 1) the legs were very difficult to make, and 2) the legs didn’t look great with the table top.  So I scrapped the legs and set the table top against a wall and decided to wait for inspiration on the legs.  Over the next few months, I tried several leg styles, but wasn’t happy with any of them.  No, it’s not all butterflies, bunny rabbits, and rainbows in the DIY Furniture Studio! (more…)

Easy DIY Patriotic Crate Side Table

DIY patriotic red, white, and blue side table made with a crate turned upside down and wood legs.

This easy-to-make rustic side table is made of a wooden crate turned upside down and simple wooden legs that are attached inside the crate. I had fun decorating it with a red, white, and blue theme in honor of the Fourth of July holiday here in the States.  Decorated to your liking, it could be a lovely side table for use in a child’s bedroom, in a nook by the recliner, or even as a plant stand next to a sunny window.


 

DIY crate side table red and white crate with white star.
DIY furniture side table crate.

 

This is an easy DIY furniture project that can be made in less than a day, and that includes paint and glue dry times!  Here we go.

The Easy DIY Patriotic Crate Side Table project has four parts:

  • Cut, sand, and finish the legs
  • Paint and distress the crate
  • Attach the legs to the crate
  • Make the star, paint, and attach to the crate

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Easy IKEA Hack Side Table: Frosta Stool + Aptitlig Chopping Board

DIY side table project ikea hack.  Frosta stool legs and Aptitlig chopping board table top.

Here is another easy DIY side table and my first IKEA hack. (Well, it’s my second IKEA hack if you count the mid-century modern inspired cement replacement sofa legs. Check the cement legs project out here.) For this DIY furniture project I used the legs from an IKEA Frosta stool.  The IKEA Aptitlig chopping board made a great bamboo table top to go with the interesting Frosta bentwood legs.


 

Easy IKEA Hack DIY side table made with frosta stool and aptitlig chopping board

I decided to do another project for my new “Easy” category of furniture-making adventures.  I’m really enjoying getting projects done in quick order and hope you appreciate it too!

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Bamboo Legs Revisited: Two New Looks

DIY side table made with upcycled bamboo garden stake legs.  I paired the bamboo legs with a simple pine board table top.
DIY side table made with upcycled bamboo garden stake legs.  I paired the bamboo legs with an interesting plastic cutting board as the table top.

Previously, I used these bamboo legs in a nightstand project. I liked the legs so much that I wanted to show you two new stylish side tables using the same bamboo legs.


Both of the table tops are easy to make.  The first is a pine board that I sanded and finished.  The second is a cutting board that I unpackaged.  It doesn’t get much easier!

I have broken this post into three parts:

  • Making the bamboo legs and base
  • Making the pine board and bamboo leg side table
  • Making the plastic cutting board and bamboo leg side table

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Easy DIY Side Table with Magazine Rack

Really easy-to-make DIY side table, mid-century modern style.

Learn how to make this easy, stylish side table.  I used a magazine rack as the base and added a painted pine board table top.


 

An easy DIY furniture project! Mid-Century Modern style side table with a magazine rack.
Easy DIY side table with magazine rack storage.

When I started thinking about this project, I knew I wanted something easy.  It’s spring cleaning time, and the grass is growing and needs mowing.  Also, I was away from home and the blog for a while, visiting my sister who is recovering from a medical situation.  And of course, my husband and kids always need tending to.  So I needed an easy project.  In fact, I like the idea of easy projects so much that I’m making a new category called “Easy.”  These will be projects that can be done fairly quickly and involve mainly painting/staining (as options to your taste) and assembling by screwing or hammering things together.

The Side Table with Magazine Rack project has three parts:

  • Choose and prepare the table top
  • Choose and prepare the magazine rack
  • Attach the table top to the magazine rack

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