What can I use as a DIY side table? Today I am sharing a DIY project for a wooden side table. I often find an old side table at the thrift shop or at a garage sale that would make a unique accent table with just a little elbow grease. I found this game table at the thrift store and thought it would be the perfect DIY side table project to share with all of you. This is a simple project that doesn’t take much time and the best part is it can be done without using power tools. This simple side table can be customized for any living space at a fraction of the cost of a new side table. Below is the step-by-step tutorial for an easy DIY side table.
Here is the old table I found at a thrift store. In previous life, it was used as a game table. The table top had some water damage and scratches, but the rest of the table looked great! I knew it would make the perfect unique side table.
Quick and Easy DIY Side Table Makeover For Your Home
DIY Side Table Makeover Instructions
For the first step, I lightly sanded the top and then used Krud Kutter to clean the wooden top and wooden legs.
I painted the surface with Mod Podge. This is a great choice because it goes on white but dries clear.
I had a book that was falling apart and not repairable. I thought this would be a great place to use the pages that were falling out. I placed them onto the Mod Podge and layered them so they’d overlap and be the perfect fit.
Once the first coat of Mod Podge had dried completely, I placed a second coat of Mod Podge over the pages to seal them.
I let this dry completely. If this was going to be the top coat, I would do several coats of the Mod Podge, letting it dry between each coat.
Since this table would be well used with glasses sitting on it, I wanted to make sure it would be protected from water or other beverages that might sweat or spill on the table. Mod Podge is a water-based sealer that is water-resistant but not waterproof.
I used Folk Art Home Decor Varnish. It is the best choice to protect the table from water spots or water damage. I followed the instructions on the bottle and gave it a few coats.
Once the table was dry, it was ready to be used. I love how it turned out! You can use these ideas to make a DIY end table that will be a unique piece of furniture.
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Other perfect table tips:
- When you make your perfect side table you can place it in your living room.
- Make sure to check your furniture and apply wood glue if necessary for any repairs in advance.
- If you have any holes you can patch them with some wood filler from Home Depot
- You can take one of these tables and have a little fun outside the box and turn it into a bar cart.
- I have even made a tree stump side table, and all it took was a little thinking outside of the box. In addition to that it didn’t cost an arm and leg as the West Elm wooden stump version does.
- You can make your own DIY table by adding a wood disc wood and some hairpin legs. These make great outdoor furniture, and a small side table especially when you don’t have much space.
- You can take some scrap wood and turn it into a DIY outdoor side table, outdoor coffee table, rustic end table, etc.
- You can make a stylish side table out of a terracotta pot, and a piece of glass.
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There are so many other options when it comes to updating a little side table.
- Create a farmhouse-style table with a couple of coats of paint, then use a fine grit sandpaper to distress it
- Create your own outdoor side table plans and get a building or look for free plans online.
- Create a modern vibe by using copper pipes and building a laptop table
- Use old trunks, I am currently using my grandfather’s old suitcase as a simple end table
- Head to Dollar Tree, grab a trashcan and a pizza pan and put together a narrow-end table. You can add some nautical rope if you like to create that beachy vibe
- If you want a century-side table look, add some gold spray paint to the legs
You do not have to spend copious amounts of money to do a makeover and give your room a fresh look. Sometimes spending money on quality bedside tables can liven your bedroom and give you much-needed practicality in your day-to-day life. The price is worth the money spent.
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