How to DIY a Side Table for FREE

FREE DIY Side Table

It’s Spring! Is anyone else itching for a DIY project? Me too. Time and Money aren’t always your friend when such an itch arises.  However, THIS little project can accommodate any budget in any time frame. Scouts Honor.

Once upon a time, my Hubby and I threw out our dated entertainment center, remember that? Here’s a refresher. We held a contest to get some help in the furniture arranging/decorating department and have been piecing things together as much as life allows. Life is pretty full right now, we’ve got some exciting things rolling your way soon! AND…we sold my car. Hey, why not do a lot of big-life-things at once right? Sometimes, that’s just how we roll. ANYWAYS,  without further adieu…

            I was hunting, er, I mean shopping, 🙂 at Home Goods for some inspiration and accessories when I found this amazing Nicole Miller metal accent table for $60.

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Nicole Miller Side Table

It was so great. We had a moment and THEN I decided to improvise one myself…for free. My creative side gets pretty ambitious sometimes.

Later that evening I was staring at my living room, which has been a regular activity since its upheaval. Am I the only one that does this?

My logic is this, if you stare at it long enough, genius will just jump up and bite you! ANYWAYS, I began looking for things that would be the right height for a side table to create a little moment on my wall. I had a chair that I pulled from my office, but he was lonely on that wall all by himself and needed some buddies. And that friends is when I found this:

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a cracked water jug that had been re-purposed as a change container chillin’ in our guest room. I know I know. I mean who WOULDN’T be insprired by that?

Just go with me. It just. might. work, but he needed a top. That’s when I dug up this old wooden charger that had :

A. graced my dining room table for the better part of 8 years and

B. seen better days.

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But hey, nothing a little spray paint couldn’t fix right?

Spray paint is sort of like Duct Tape in the fact that it fixes everything! Remember when I spray painted my shoes & all the Pumpkins?

Here we go, assume the position,

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which basically means protect your hands and look like a Muppet in the process, and spray away.

When spray painting it’s important to stay at least 12 inches away and work in thin layers otherwise you’ll be subject to the dreaded “drip” which there is really no going back from lol.

SO when you put both the water jug, wooden charger and a couple of layers of spray paint together here you have:

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A FREE Side Table.

Now, is it the greatest thing in the world? No. But was it free, creative, and a GREAT conversation piece? Totally.

AND if you’re an avid spray painter, you KNOW you can’t stop at just one thing…its sort of like Pringles or watching Netflix.

Remember this lampshade I found at Target a while back? Well, here he is topping a newly spray-painted lamp base also from Target that I scored earlier this year for $5!

Makeover your lamp for FREE! Silver Metallic Spray Painted Lamp

Rust-oleum Metallic Finish has proven to be a winner over and over again. I’ve used this $6 can on everything. Literally.  And its still going strong.

Don’t let your budget or lack of time make you feel small in your own home.  Use what’s in your hand and see where it lead you.

Until next time…

-Meg

WAIT…hold up, my DIY Side Table, has a new address…

In recent news, he has migrated to my $6.00 Entry Way!

DIY Side Table for FREEHe’s a bit of a roamer.

DIY Side Table for FREEI’m trying to keep him grounded with tulips and books and all things domestic.

DIY Side Table for FREEAnd if you have a whole afternoon for a DIY project, you SURE to check out how to redo your entry way for $6.00!

Alright, for real this time-

Meg

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Comments

  1. Girl. Friend. I could not love this more unless it was MY living room!!! That DIY table is amazing!!! So clever and so super chic. My personal faves: the sneaky pic of the fam (Hey Caseys! You’re looming good! Love, Melis) and your mantle. Xoxo

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  2. Cheryl Major says:

    I love your style and your resourcefulness Megan. What a great look for a little!

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  3. Looks awesome Megan. I think I could use you for some of my real estate clients – to get their homes ready to sell.

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  4. Hi Megan! I know you know already, but I just wanted pop by anyway and let you know that I LOVE your amazing side table, and I’m featuring you as one of my Rockstars this week from Creativity Unleashed!

    As a Rockstar you’re in the running for this week’s MEGA Rockstar! Grab your friends and come vote at http://www.theboldabode.com/2014/09/letters-rockstars-creativity-unleashed-week-36.html

    The MEGA Rockstar gets loads of love including:

    1. Shout outs on all my social media houses.
    2. A bucket full of Pins to my biggest group boards
    3. A big sidebar ad proclaiming them the MEGA Rockstar of the week
    4. And a feature in my weekly newsletter!

    Congratulations and Good Luck!!!

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  5. sodomestix says:

    Very clever! I never would have thought that was a water jug!

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  6. This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Easter! Lou Lou Girls

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  7. You can’t get any better than free 🙂 I was shocked to see what this side table was made out of. So creative!!!

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  8. That’s awesome. It may not be identical to what you want but it’s free and nothing beats free!!

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  9. Reblogged this on and commented:

    If you need a table, but don’t have money, skills, or time…this is for you.

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  10. Hi, Megan ~ I’m visiting from the One Project at a Time Link Party. I love what you did for your side table! I’m always amazed at how a couple coats of great paint can transform an object (I don’t know why…I’ve seen it happen hundreds of times). :0) I’ve been on the hunt for a couple of new side tables, and you’ve inspired me. I’m off to search my house!

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  11. Oh My What a Fabulous Re purpose project. I Love it. Can’t wait to try it in an Aqua. Thank you for sharing. #hump day happening.

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  12. I love a good can of spray paint. It works on everything!

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  13. Super cute and creative! Thanks for linking up with Idea Box! 🙂

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  14. This is so cool. I am also a avid spray painter.

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  15. How clever is this?! And free is a pretty hard price to beat. 😉 Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing it at Motivational Monday! Hope to see you again on Sunday. Happy Weekend! 🙂

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