“Boosting” up Our Side Tables

When I shared the guestroom updates the other day, I mentioned I made some alterations to the two side tables next to the bed.  They were just too short as is and it wasn’t going to cut it.  They’d be cute next to an accent chair or low armed sofa maybe, but just not the right height for a nightstand.


End tables and nightstands can get expensive, especially for quality pieces made from real wood. I really wasn’t looking to spend $$$ on pieces for this room and was sort of itching for a project to do.  I looked on Craigslist for something vintage or antique but I really wasn’t seeing anything that I liked.  These little cuties are a bit unique, but came in at $80 a piece after sales and coupons at Target.  I knew I could add some height to them with a little work and they’d be just we needed.  The tops on these are about 1″ thick and I wanted the base to blend in so I picked up a small sheet of 3/4″ sanded plywood. I flipped each table over to trace the shape of the top onto the plywood, then cut them out as straight as I could using our jigsaw.

Table 2

Table 3

Table 4

I’ve got a little workshop set up in the basement for the winter so don’t mind the mess.  🙂 I sanded each piece down until smooth and evened out some of the edges that way.  While I was at it I sanded down the tops of the tables so I could re-stain them.  The finish originally is a grey-wash which was a bit odd and actually doesn’t really go with the gold finish of the body. It’s described as “weathered”, but it was more grey than “weathered”. I didn’t care for it, but it’s an easy fix.

Table 5

Plywood has an unfinished edge that needs to be covered, so I purchased a roll of birch veneer which you iron on and then trimmed it with utility knife.  It was my first time doing this and it was actually easier than I thought!

Veneer 1

Veneer 2

Time to stain.  The bed in here is Dark Walnut by Minwax, so I used that on these pieces as well.  I purchased 8 of these 5.5″ furniture legs and brackets at Lowes and stained them to match too.  The chrome feet got a little rub of rub-n-buff in Antique Gold to try to match the table and then I left everything to dry for 24 hours.  (Oh, I also put a light coat of wipe-on poly on the table tops for a little added protection.)


Next day, I grabbed my bottoms, feet, and brackets and went to assembling some tables. The brackets came with screws so I just eyeballed a good layout and put these together upside down.

Base 1

Base 2

Base 3

Flip it over and now you have a tiny little table!

Base 4

Plop your little accent table on top and look how cute this little eclectic thing turned out!

Table 6

But wait…how did I attach the table to my new base, you ask? Well, I used Gorilla Glue and clamped the tops to the bases to dry for a good few hours.  I have no pictures of this because I got far too interested into watching Anthony Hopkins defeat the bear and forgot to take a picture.  The Gorilla Glue worked like a charm though and the bases are firmly attached without using a screw or anything. The height really helps out and I actually like these tables better with the addition of the wood base!

Table 7

Plus, it brought them up to a much better height besides the guest bed.

GR Side TableWith the additional feet and base each table ended up at about $110 each. I’m happy with that price knowing what wood there is on this table is a solid wood and not particle board, plus I got to do a project which I always find enjoyable.  $220 on two bedside tables is actually a really reasonable amount that I can be happy about spending.

Guest Room 2

What do you think? Ever alter a store bought piece to suit you better?

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