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Upcycled End Table From a Wooden Tray and Wire Basket

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15 Minutes

End tables are always an essential for your home, and it's not a surprise that the ones that we are dying for always end up with a higher price tag. Before you drop some cash, why not try making it? Enter, our DIY version of this home essential: a super stylish side table that anyone can make out of a wire basket and a wooden tray. This easy DIY upcycle project is so affordable and takes less than 20
how to turn a tray and wire basket into a chic side table

The end product of this upcycle is so chic, you won't believe how easy it is to make! All you need is a basket that's the right height (approximately 2.5 feet) and a tray that is slightly larger in width than the basket. We decided we loved the raw wood look of our tray, and pairing on-trend metallics with natural elements like wood warms the project up a bit. If you prefer to switch it up, an optional first step would be to paint your tray (or basket, for that matter) to match your decor color palette. Regardless of what color you decide, you should use a wooden tray top because you're going to be nailing it to the basket. Let's get started!

how to turn a tray and wire basket into a chic side table

Step 1: Flip the tray upside down on a safe and secure surface (i.e.- not a wobbly tabletop!). Align the wire basket in the center of the tray, making sure there is enough room around the basket to nail the cable staples into the wooden tray.

how to turn a tray and wire basket into a chic side table

Step 2: Hook the curved, plastic end of the cable staple around the wire basket edge with the nail facing out. Then simply hammer the nail into the wood! We say "simply" but actually it took more coordination than we thought. Because the nail is so small, be careful not to hit your fingers as you hammer!

how to turn a tray and wire basket into a chic side table

Step 3: Repeat the above step at least 4 times, nailing cable staples around the circumference of the tray to fully secure the basket to the tray top. If you want it to be even more secure, you can use industrial glue to reinforce the cable staples to the tray. We ended up adding glue later when our surface was just a touch too wobbly for our taste.

how to turn a tray and wire basket into a chic side table

When you're finished you'll have a super chic (and super affordable) industrial style end table that you can use as a nightstand, in the office, or in the living room! So simple, you might just want to make one for every room in your home.

how to turn a tray and wire basket into a chic side table

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  • Bilinda Law-Morley
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Love this idea and the finished result. But what are the little "sticks" please

  • Bilinda Law-Morley
    on Jun 17, 2017

    i know this is weird but I can't think of where else to ask...and I'm sorry, but it's nothing to do with this project, I'm just reaching out hoping for a helpful person.
    How do I edit Pinterest please? Things like deleting pins, moving them to another board, or renaming boards?
    Again, apologies-and thanks in advance hopefully

    • Shelly
      on Mar 20, 2018

      Beautiful table ! May I ask how much it cost to complete this project ? I'm thinking the wire baskets and wooden trays are expensive , where did you purchase yours ? Thanks so much!

  • Nanetteperez
    on Aug 27, 2018

    Where do you buy the metal basket? I love this project but don't know where to buy a basket like the one you used.

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  • Leah M
    on Mar 19, 2018

    Tiny nails? needle nosed pliers. Heck, I use them for even somewhat larger nails these day, some how my depth perception isn't as good as it was when I was younger (and could see close up.)

  • Reb32418902
    on Jul 23, 2018

    I have a lazy Susan that I would like to attach to a basket. Any ideas for finding a basket that would work? Inner portion would have to rest. On top of the basket to work. Any size would do.

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