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DIY Multipurpose Table

Awhile ago I had my heart set on getting a small table for our little office corner. After a few failed DIYs I was finally able to put together a super simple & inexpensive table with a few items!
Time: 4-6 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
Here's a quick list of supplies however, you can always see a full list at the end of this post & with the video.
First stain or paint both sides of the whitewood. If you're staining the wood you can use a wood conditioner but I've found that on small projects it doesn't make a super noticeable difference. I chose to apply two coats of stain & removed any excess according to the brand directions.
While the stain or paint of the tabletop is drying you can work on the legs. These Parson's legs were a little longer than I wanted so I cut them down to be about 25 inches tall. Be sure to remove the excess from the bottoms of the legs.
One of the great things about this project is that you don't need a lot of fancy tools to complete it. At the time I only had this little miter box to cut the legs but it worked wonderfully. After cutting I went over each new edge with a sanding block to smooth things down.
Once the legs are cut down measure 6 inches from the bottoms & make a mark. This area will become the "paint dipped" portion. Of course you can skip this step & paint the legs however you please.
Add painter's tape to create a straight line & give them a few good coats of paint. I used spray paint but any type of paint will work. Remove the painter's tape while the paint is still drying & give the legs about 30 minutes to dry.
Using a complimenting or contrasting color, paint the rest of the table legs. I added about 2-3 coats of paint until I was happy with the color. This portion can be done with or without painter's tape.
Set the table legs aside to dry & if you're tabletop has had enough time to set you'll be able to add the attachments. Leg attachments can be found in many styles & are great since they come with all the hardware you'll need. I attached mine to the edges of my tabletop using a drill but it's so simple you could even use a screen driver.
After everything has had time to dry you can begin adding the table legs. You may need to play around with the placement until the legs are square with the edges.
I added a layer of polycrylic to my tabletop to protect it since I wasn't sure exactly how it would be used. Depending on your needs you may be able to skip this step. Give the surface a few hours to set a about a day to cure before styling & you're all done.
This table is one of my favorite projects simply because of it's ease & ability to grow with a space.
I love that we can move it around any future living spaces to fit our needs as they change.
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Materials I used for this project:

  • 48"x12"x1" whitewood   (Home Depot)
  • 4 Parson's Table legs   (Home Depot)
  • Table leg attachments   (Home Depot)
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  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Jan 24, 2017

    Love it! :)

  • Dl.leplat
    Dl.leplat San Jose, CA
    on Jan 27, 2017

    Very well done!

  • Becky Partain
    Becky Partain Pahrump, NV
    on Jan 27, 2017


  • Lksuper1961
    on Jan 27, 2017

    I will diffenatly try this. I was looking for some kind of shelf/stand to put behind my sofa, against the wall. I didn't want the sofa right up against the wall but finding something to "keep" it away from the wall was difficult. I am currently using little boxes down at the floor on the back side of the sofa to keep it away from the wall. this stand will work perfect! Plus i can put a small lamp on it to help with some lighting . One question though, in one of the pictures it shows a little glass jar on the back leg of the stand, can you tell me what this is? thanks for the idea!

    • Lksuper1961
      on Jan 30, 2017

      great idea! I thought it was some kind of air freshener or somthing. Great Job!

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Jan 27, 2017

    lovely job, and great directions. great idea and using minimal tools. thanks

    • Heather Moxie DIY
      Heather Moxie DIY Riverside, CA
      on Jan 29, 2017

      Thank you! Yes tools can be an issue, at the time I didn't have a lot in my DIY toolbox but thankfully it all worked out. Thanks for stopping by Lynne :)

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