A couple months ago, my boyfriend and I moved into a new apartment – a duplex, with lots of room for activities. We had a lot of furniture from family and past living arrangements. One thing we didn’t have was end tables. We were putting our fans and lamps on TV stands. I took it upon myself to find a way to make a (cheaper) modern end table from scratch; AKA not re-purposing old furniture.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- A wired bin from TJ Maxx, Walmart, Target… a hamper or trash can is probably what it’s originally being sold as. ($16.99)
- A laminated round panel from Home Depot ($6.00)
- 1/2” cable masonry staples from the electrical department of any hardware store
- Latex paint
- Spray paint (optional)
- Blue painter’s tape
HOW IT’S DONE:
- *Optional* Begin by spray painting the wired bin if you want to change it’s color. I bought mine as silver but I wanted it to go with the colors in my living room, so I spray painted the base gold.
- Start staining your round latex panel. I used the ‘weathered oak’ Minwax stain and painted the stain on with an old rag. Dip your rag inside the stain and rub in the direction of the wood. I ended up using 3 coats to get it the color I wanted (1 hour wait time in between each).
- Make sure your edges are stained too!
- Use your blue painter’s tape to mark off a portion of the round panel (a little less than a third). Make sure the tape is pressed firmly to the table; otherwise, paint could seep through leaving an un-crisp edge.
- The smaller taped off portion is the side you’ll be using the Latex paint for. I went with a white. Again, optional, but I think it adds more of a creative effect to the table.
- When all is well and dry, hammer the wired bin with some masonry staples, to the round panel.
Your final product should look something like this: