DIY Dollar Store Side Table

5 Materials
2 Hours

I made this fun and easy nautical DIY Dollar Store Side Table using some simple items from the Dollar Store, a few items I already had (and a few from Michaels). Here is how I made it.

Spray Paint

First, I sprayed painted the trash barrels and charger plates a glossy white. I bought 2 chargers, but only ended up using 1. Apparently these trash barrels come in white already, but they didn’t have them at the 2 Dollar Tree stores I visited in my area.

Attach the Barrels

Once the paint was dry, I attached the 2 barrels together. At first, I tried gluing them. That wasn’t working great and I was worried the glue wouldn’t hold up, so I ended up zip-tying them together to make sure they were secure. I used only 2 zip-ties, 1 opposite the other. This did the trick.

Embellish the top (optional)

This step is optional. You can leave the top as is, if you’d like.

I was going to stencil the top using this Compass Rose stencil I found on Amazon (and have used in many projects, like this tray). However, the stencil was a little to big for the plate. Instead I used this nautical map wrapping paper. I simply cut a circle to fit inside the charger plate and used some Mod Podge to adhere it to the top.

Add some rope

Once the Mod Podge dried I used some E6000 to add some rope around the edge to hid the imperfections. I also added some rope to the middle of the table (to hid the zip ties), and one strand around the bottom.

NOTE-I usually purchase my rope at Dollar Tree, but both stores in my area were out of it. I was able to purchase very similar rope at Michaels (which I actually liked better, but cost a bit more)>

Glue Charger to the top...

I added some shells to the top trash barrel and then used the E6000 to glue the charger plate to the top of the table.

Finishing I was working with the barrels some of the spray paint chipped off, so I did have to touch up the paint a bit. Luckily I had some regular white paint in the garage and used that to touch up any chips.

Overall, I am happy with how it came out and it didn't cost very much to make. This was pretty easy to make and looks pretty cute too.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 9 questions
  • Ellie
    on Jul 19, 2020

    I want to ask about a previous project. Involving brick stone block in front of our dock we put brick stone now needs attention should we seal it somehow?

    • The House house
      The House house
      on Jul 19, 2020

      Hmmm, I'm not sure about that. I do believe they sell sealers but don't have much experience with them. Sorry.

  • Jan49450051
    on Aug 21, 2020

    Having are hard tell locating any mesh trash cans at any of the local Dollar Tree stores. Are they any other items that I could use instead?

    (cheap or very low cost)

    • Kay VanderBaan
      Kay VanderBaan
      on Nov 11, 2020

      I found my waste baskets at Dollar Tree. They were in the aisle where the mops, buckets, rubber gloves etc were. I had been looking in a different part of the store for them. The employees didn’t know where they were either.

  • Jac7417746
    on Aug 30, 2020

    I have been unable to locate the wire mesh trashcans at my local $ stores, any suggestions?

    • Kay VanderBaan
      Kay VanderBaan
      on Nov 11, 2020

      The waste baskets at Dollar Tree are plastic. They come in white or black. I want to use my outside so I’m going to weigh them down with decorative rocks or stake them down so they don’t blow away.

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  • Decorate and More with Tip
    Decorate and More with Tip
    on Jul 22, 2020

    What a cute way to use those Dollar Tree mesh bins. I love your table.

  • EBB
    on Dec 25, 2020

    I made this side table using 3 child size sitting stools that my daughter had when she was teaching. I simply used E6000 to glue a pizza tray from Dollar Tree to the seat of the stools. I love my little side tables.

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