DIY Mid Century Side Table

DIY Mid Century Side Table — A colorful and budget friendly DIY mid century side table. This baby is easy to make, inexpensive and the perfect addition to your home…

DIY Mid Century End Table | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

I really wasn’t messing around when I told you I was currently obsessed with all things mid century.

If someone doesn’t stop to intervene soon, I might start making pet furniture with tapered wooden legs and watch the Brady Bunch before bed every night while sipping tea out of a starburst cup.

At least, if I get that desperate, I’ll have this DIY Mid Century Side 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 | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

Materials Needed To Make A DIY Mid Century Side Table

Step 1 -DIY Mid Century End Table | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

How To Make A DIY Mid Century Side Table

1 — First, prep the wooden top and legs by staining the unfinished wood the color of your choice with wood stain and a foam brush.

2 — Once the stain is dry on the legs, tape off the wood to spray paint the feet gold (optional).

Step 2 - DIY Mid Century End Table | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

3 — 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.

Step 3 -DIY Mid Century End Table | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

4 — 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.

Step 5 - DIY Mid Century End Table | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

5 — Once the plates are attached, spray paint the entire pan and plates the color of your choice and let dry completely.

6 — 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.

Step 6 - DIY Mid Century End Table | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

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 | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

  DIY Mid Century End Table | By top Houston Lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth #midcentury #modern #sidetable #homedecor #livingroom #diy #diydecor

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?!

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photo of a modern diy mid century side table by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

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.

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  46. Hey girl! Thank you a lot for your idea! Based on that, I made similar one, with a pizza board, a cake pan (painted yellow) and drumsticks. It turned out great and now I’m very proud of it!

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  48. Hi there! Where did you find your 16″ cake pan? I canT find one at kroger, walmart, pr target and was wondering whEre yoU found yours.

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  49. This is awesome! How tall is the entire side table? Just trying to plan my own version of this and want to get the height right for my couch. Thanks!

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  50. 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!

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    • 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!

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  61. I know this post is over a year old, but I’m really curious how you measured where each top plate would go? How did you space them evenly on the bottom of the pan?

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  65. Where did you find the rounded hardwood top? Besides buying a circular cutting board, I’m not sure where I might find this. Thanks! New homeowner and decorating with mid-century modern furniture. This is the exact side table I’ve been looking for!!

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  66. One idea for keeping the top on. Trace the edge of the cake pan on the bottom of the wooden top and carve out a small indent just on the inside of the tracing so the pan rests inside the lip.

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  67. This is simply stunning. I would love to make something like this. <3 I seems completely do-able.

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  68. Florence Henderson participated in NPR’s Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me this past weekend. Brady Bunch is in the ether. Great table! Can’t wait to try it out.

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  69. Love this DIY, will certainly be trying it out. That pink/peach color is EXACTLY what I’m looking for to redo an amazing, yet terribly shiny, metal mcm chair! Could you share the brand/color?!

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  70. Shut the front door! You made that with a cake pan? Pure genius, and a place to stash the remotes is always a bonus. Love this project!

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  71. Did you think about having a dowel or something for the top to spin on (but be attached to the bottom)? I love the idea but can only imagine my dog running in to it and having the top go flying.

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    • That would be awesome! I don’t know that I’m that handy yet, but I’ll keep it in mind for future projects, thank you for your feedback! :)

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  72. I adore this! If only you had more time (ha ha, right?) to make these so anyone who fails at DIY could buy them!! I may give it a try this weekend though. xo

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