DIY Upcycling

DIY Side Table

 

 

Sometimes when you’re looking for a specific piece of furniture it can be frustrating and annoying that nothing comes close to what you want, or if it does, it’s way too expensive.

 

I was in this position not that long ago when I was on the hunt for some lounge room side tables.  I wanted to find a side table with some character that served as storage space for cushions and throws when they’re not being used, as well as being able to fit a reasonably small space.  My house is “cosy” and I don’t have a lot of spare room, so I try and make things dual purpose where I can.

 

Nothing fitted the bill, it was disheartening and frustrating.  Then when I was cleaning out our store room, I came across some old wooden bed slats and had a lightbulb moment.  I knew instantly that I could use these to make the side tables I wanted.

 

Bed Slats remodel - DIY Furniture

 

One of the benefits of owning acreage is you have the space to pretty much keep hold of any and every type of building material you ever come across.  So after scouring the property, I found some square pine posts which I used for the legs, along with my old wooden bed slats and some Colorbond corrugated sheeting, my side table was taking shape.

 

DIY Furniture - Colourbond Sheeting

 

First cut your slats to size. These will make the box shape and table top.

For the sides I used Colorbond corrugated iron which I primed then spray painted black.

For the bottom of my table I used some left-over pine board cut to size.

 

Then once you have all your pieces cut and ready, you’re just an assembly away!  I did have a little help from my partner who is a tradie, because if I didn’t it just wouldn’t have been up to scratch ;-).  I have to admit, it was a lot of fun to do together so don’t discount a little help.

After some glue, screws and nails, here is the finished product!  We’re both so happy with how they turned out and it’s just what I had in mind.

 

 

DIY Side Table - Framing

 

DIY Side Table

 

This was a reasonably easy project to make, using inexpensive materials, and can be customized to suit your own size and style.  So next time you’re thinking about buying a new piece of furniture, have a look around your house first.  You may already have something that you can use, you might just have to think outside the square.  It could become that piece of furniture you’ve been looking for, totally unique and custom made – without the hefty price tag.  For some other DIY ideas, check out our posts on upcycling a dresser to become a TV unit, and repainting an old bed to make it look new again.

 

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