DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

DIY Mid Century Side Table

DIY mid century end table | sugar & clothDIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

I really wasn’t messing around when I told you I was currently obsessed with all things mid century. If someone doesn’t stop intervene soon, I might start making pet furniture with tapered wooden legs and watching the Brady Bunch before bed every night, while sipping tea our of a starburst cup or something. At least if I get that desperate I’ll have this DIY mid century end table to house my remote and iPhone (for incessant photo taking that will obviously commence, of course). Who makes a cat bed with tapered legs and then fails to pimp it all over the internet with iPhone photos? Not me!

Speaking of which (about the mid century vibes, not the cats), we just spent the weekend in Austin for a friend’s wedding and visited some of the cutest places. I tell ya, that city knows how to design to draw crowds. I’ve never been so willing to wait 45 minutes for brunch in my life, partly from the smell of french toast, but mostly because I was running around like a moth to a flame trying to perform a serious iPhone-ography photo shoot in the middle of this place. Anyways, more on that later this week because for now, we DIY!…DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

Materials:

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

First, prep the wooden top and legs by staining the unfinished wood the color of your choice with wood stain and a foam brush. Once the stain is dry on the legs, tape off the wood to spray paint the feet gold (optional).

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

While that’s drying, place the cake pan upside down and lay the angle plates where you want the legs to be positioned and mark with a pen. We made the mistake of putting the legs too close together originally (hence the extra screw holes!) which made the end table seem unsteady, so be sure they’re far enough towards the edges of the table so that it isn’t rickety and unstable when it’s built. Use the drill and 11/64″ drill bit to drill holes for each of the four corners on every plate.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

Attach the plates to the pan with the nut and bolts in all corners. The reason for the flat bolts instead of screws is so that there are no sharp edges when the storage pan is being used.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

Once the plates are attached, spray paint the entire pan and plates the color of your choice and let dry completely. Once it’s dry, screw the tapered legs into the the plates, and flip it upside down. The top of the end table will just rest on the storage.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

The inside storage is just big enough for remotes, magazines, or notebooks and pens with the 2″ height, but you can use a different sized pan for depth or width if you’d like! Just be sure to adjust the placement or the table legs to be far enough apart so that they hold the weight of the top evenly.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth  DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

This is definitely a simple enough project for a last minute weekend DIY on a rainy day, and they’re plenty budget friendly for one on each side. I even love the idea of painting them different colors for a punch of color in a space! Think this is a project you’ll be making for your mid century love affair?!

This post was created in partnership with Lowe’s as part of our studio renovation series. See the rest of the studio before, afters, and DIY’s here.
DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

DIY Mid Century Side Table

DIY mid century end table | sugar & clothDIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

I really wasn’t messing around when I told you I was currently obsessed with all things mid century. If someone doesn’t stop intervene soon, I might start making pet furniture with tapered wooden legs and watching the Brady Bunch before bed every night, while sipping tea our of a starburst cup or something. At least if I get that desperate I’ll have this DIY mid century end table to house my remote and iPhone (for incessant photo taking that will obviously commence, of course). Who makes a cat bed with tapered legs and then fails to pimp it all over the internet with iPhone photos? Not me!

Speaking of which (about the mid century vibes, not the cats), we just spent the weekend in Austin for a friend’s wedding and visited some of the cutest places. I tell ya, that city knows how to design to draw crowds. I’ve never been so willing to wait 45 minutes for brunch in my life, partly from the smell of french toast, but mostly because I was running around like a moth to a flame trying to perform a serious iPhone-ography photo shoot in the middle of this place. Anyways, more on that later this week because for now, we DIY!…DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

Materials:

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

First, prep the wooden top and legs by staining the unfinished wood the color of your choice with wood stain and a foam brush. Once the stain is dry on the legs, tape off the wood to spray paint the feet gold (optional).

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

While that’s drying, place the cake pan upside down and lay the angle plates where you want the legs to be positioned and mark with a pen. We made the mistake of putting the legs too close together originally (hence the extra screw holes!) which made the end table seem unsteady, so be sure they’re far enough towards the edges of the table so that it isn’t rickety and unstable when it’s built. Use the drill and 11/64″ drill bit to drill holes for each of the four corners on every plate.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

Attach the plates to the pan with the nut and bolts in all corners. The reason for the flat bolts instead of screws is so that there are no sharp edges when the storage pan is being used.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

Once the plates are attached, spray paint the entire pan and plates the color of your choice and let dry completely. Once it’s dry, screw the tapered legs into the the plates, and flip it upside down. The top of the end table will just rest on the storage.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

The inside storage is just big enough for remotes, magazines, or notebooks and pens with the 2″ height, but you can use a different sized pan for depth or width if you’d like! Just be sure to adjust the placement or the table legs to be far enough apart so that they hold the weight of the top evenly.

DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth  DIY mid century end table | sugar & cloth

This is definitely a simple enough project for a last minute weekend DIY on a rainy day, and they’re plenty budget friendly for one on each side. I even love the idea of painting them different colors for a punch of color in a space! Think this is a project you’ll be making for your mid century love affair?!

This post was created in partnership with Lowe’s as part of our studio renovation series. See the rest of the studio before, afters, and DIY’s here.

Comments

    • daniela said:

      I just wanted to say thanks for posting this project- awesome idea! I actually made this and just wanted to give people a little more information on measurements which would have made this project easier and a little less time consuming. When placing the metal plates on the back of the plate the width between each one is about 9 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ from the outside in. (you can draw lines in pencil across the pan to help determine the spacing of the legs) I found these measurements to give a pretty sturdy table. Hope this helps!

      • Ashley said:

        Thanks, Daniela!

  • 財神娛樂城

    07.17.16

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    • Ashley said:

      So glad to have you here! Thanks for the kind words :)

    • Ashley said:

      Glad you like the DIY, Brittany!

  • Stephanie Chan

    09.02.16

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I’m always looking for things to build but only have a power drill. I love how resourceful and creative you are with your beautiful creations!

    • Ashley said:

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! Really glad you liked the DIY & found it to be helpful!