Do you know how hard it is to find matching side tables at a reasonable price? For the life of me, I could not find anything I liked that didn’t cost $100 per table. I needed side tables for our guest bed area and since it is not a high usage area, I didn’t want to spend that much on a couple tables. So I decided to make my own.
I picked up my supplies at Lowes. I got a prefabricated tabletop and legs, leg attachments, and spray paint. With my military discount, it cost about $40 for the supplies to make 2 tables. Not too shabby.
First, I drew a triangle on the backside so that each leg would be an equal distance apart from each other. I didn’t want to build a table that wouldn’t stand.
Line up the hole on the leg attachment with the point on the triangle and then using an electric drill, attach it to the table. Be sure to screw in opposite sides to that it doesn’t move as you screw it on. Attach the leg by screwing it into the hole.
Before I painted them, I put the table by the couch to see how tall it was. It looked really tall in the middle of the room but against the table, it was nice. Since this is mostly for holding decorations and a bedside table when guests are visiting, I thought it was a good height. For the paint, I picked what looked like a light gray but it was straight up silver as I painted. Luckily, I had some matte finish and that toned down the silver a little bit.
Overall, for $40, I think they look great and definitely get the job done. My mom stayed with us when Nugget was born and she didn’t have any complaints. I also feel like this was an easy step towards building furniture for real. As a homeowner, shouldn’t we be woodworking or something? Someone buy us a table saw. 😛