Crate Side Tables
The sun is shining, my windows are wide open, curtains flowing, birds are chirping, and I am one happy girl that the weather has been absolutely beautiful recently. Beautiful weather for me means I get to work on building and painting my projects from our garage, and it is so therapeutic for me in so many ways. It’s where I love to be. Outside and creating things that add character to our home, and that I get to share with you guys! And today I have some pretty awesome DIY Crate Side Tables I built that I hope you all love!
A lot of changes have been happening in our house, one of which is that we got new living room furniture! I’ll have a whole post on that coming up, but you’ll get to see a sneak peek in this one! Naturally, when you make a huge change like this, you have to tweak a few other things to allow for a good flow in the space. I mean, I’m certainly not complaining because it just means that I had to fix other areas that I wasn’t crazy about, like our side tables. Last summer when we were out junking we came across these large shipping crates that I thought would work perfect as side tables, but I didn’t pull the trigger, and I’ve regretted it ever since. So I made similar ones, and I kind of love them.
SUPPLIES NEEDED (For one table, double if you want to make two):
*DISCLAIMER – All wood is not going to be exact when you buy it. I had to make a lot of little cuts here and there along the way to get it all to size. You’ll get the hang of it as you go. I also don’t mind when things are a little off – gives a piece more character when it isn’t perfect 🙂
- 3 – 1x6in boards cut to 26 1/2in
- 2 – 1x6in boards cut to 26 1/2in
- 4 – 1x10in boards cut to 26 1/2in
- 1 – 1x6in board cut to 15 1/2in
- 2 – 1x10in boards cut to 15 1/2in
- 2 – 1x3in boards cut to 25in
- 2 – 1x3in boards cut to 12 1/2in
- 1 – 1x6in board cut to 15 1/2in
- 2 – 1x10in boards cut to 15 1/2in
- 4 – 2x2in strips cut to 24in
- Drill and Drill Bit/ Screwdriver
- Screws (we used 1 3/4in, 1 1/2in, 1in)
- Wood Glue
- Measuring Tape + Pencil
- Nickels (for spacers)
- Wood Stain
- I started this project by measuring out and cutting all of the wood with my miter saw to the size I wanted my table. For ours, I made the table a tiny bit taller than the arms of our new couch.
- Once all of my pieces were cut, I started by building the front and back of the side table. I laid down two of the 24in 2x2in wood strips and attached one 15 1/2in 1×10, followed by one 15 1/2in 1×6, followed by one 15 1/2in 1×10.
- To attach the boards, I made sure to drill two pilot holes on each side to make it easier for the screw to go in, and to ensure the 2x2in board wouldn’t split. We used 1 3/4in screws for this part. (TIP: we have two power drills, so I kept the screw driver head in one and the drill bit in the other so I wouldn’t have to keep switching them out. It went a lot faster this way, if you have that option.)
- I used nickels as spacers in between each board to give it more of the shipping crate look I was going for. I didn’t want the boards to be flush against each other.
- Once I built the front and back, I had to attach the sides, one 26 1/2in 1×10, followed by one 26 1/2in 1×6, followed by one 26 1/2in 1×10. Because I was just drilling the screws still into the 2x2in boards, I used some wood glue on the other boards so they would be securely attached as well. DO NOT drill into the 1×6 or 1×10 boards here.
- Again, you are basically just repeating the steps above, two screws on each side of the boards into the 2x2in’s, use nickels to space, or just line them up with the corresponding boards from the front and back pieces. Once you are finished with one side, flip and repeat on the other side.
- After I successfully built the base of the side table, I just have to attach the top. I again used wood glue on the top 1x10s, but this time we did VERY CAREFULLY drill into these to attach the three 26 1/2in 1x3in boards for the table top. (When I say we, obviously I mean my husband, who is way more careful than I am!)
- We again drilled pilot holes, but this time used just 1 1/2in screws, two in the middle of each board going into the front and back 1x10in boards, as shown below. I also was sure to attach both top side pieces first so I could evenly space the middle board.
- To get the shipping crate effect, I used some scrap 1x3in boards I had laying around for the molding on the front. I cut two at 25in that went along the front sides, and two at 12 1/2in that went across the top and bottom. We used 1in screws to attach these, see below picture.
- And lastly, I used my sander to sand down each table, then I used some wood stain to stain them. I used Minwax in Provincial, which is just a little lighter than my go-to stain color Dark Walnut. I did this because our floors are dark and I didn’t want the tables to match, or blend in with the floor. Do you like the color?!
I don’t mind the screws showing, and the scratches in the wood. I always go for the old, worn look so nothing I do is ever perfect. If you did want to hide the screws you could always make sure to drill them a little deeper and cover them with some wood filler. Whatever works for you! This is what works for me, and I love how they fit my space!
These tables took me a Saturday to build. They are super sturdy, and they really work great for our farmhouse styled house. And I think we probably only spent under $60 total in supplies, making each table around $30 to make. I happen to think that is a deal!
I hope you’ll give them a try. Make them your own, paint them, give them a twist!
And don’t hesitant to ask questions if you get stuck!
Thanks for the detailed instructions. I made one for my office. I changed the dimensions a little to fit the room. But it came out awesome. SLAINTE.
What type of wood you used in these?:)
We used just a plan common board or whitewood board (named different depending on which hardware store you go to). It’s the cheapest and I love the how the stain looks with its woodgrain! Hope this helps!
I love this idea so much! I think they’d be a great option inside and out! Thanks so much for sharing them with us on the Creative Circle Link Party!
I love this idea so much Ashley! I’m currently making some too. Hope you don’t mind me giving you credit on my blog. Again, yours look awesome! Best wishes, Julie
First of all, those look amazing. I’m going to attempt them today!
I wanted to know how tall your tables are? I ask because you used two 10″ and. 6″ board… plus boards on top giving the total height to around 26.5″ but the 1×3 piece you cut was only 25″ and seemed to line up fine. Our couch is different in height (only 23″) so I know I have to modify. Just thought I’d ask.
Long time lurker, first time commenting. I absolutely LOVE these!! My Fiancé and I are going to give it a go making these! Thank you soo much for always being a source of inspiration! You’re amazing, keep up the fabulous work!
Thank YOU for making my whole day with this sweet comment! 🙂
They’re beautiful! I love how warm they make your home feel. Congratulations on the Country Living feature!
They are gorgeous, Erin!!! And your new white couch looks pretty! Can’t wait to see more! xo
Love! And I want that couch! lol.
The side tables are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the instructions!
They look great Ashley! Can’t wait to see the rest!
Just perfect for your room! And great directions, too! Now I cannot wait to see the rest with your new furniture!!!
Ashley your side tables are gorgeous ????I Love them!!!