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Make DIY Side tables with reclaimed materials

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If you follow the blog for awhile, you know I have an addiction for recycling old paint buckets! This time I made DIY side tables.

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If you don’t remember the previous buckets DIY, take a look at the shelves and the stool!

Creating a DIY side table with paint buckets and reclaimed wood is a straightforward and rewarding project. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you craft your unique side table

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Let’s begin the tutorial, I warn you, it’s a bit long!

Gather your supplies:

To make a DIY side table, you’ll need:

paint bucket

Start making the bucket DIY Side Table

Trace with a pencil (a crayola works great) a line at 3 inches of the bucket bottom to cut it. Take the second bucket and trace a line at 1 1/2 in. front the bottom.

Cut both bucket bottom with the saw (yep, it works) . Try to cut as straight as possible. Once it’s done, sand the edge.

cut the bottom of paint bucket

These are the 2 cutted bucket bottoms. 

drill holes in paint bucket

To screw the legs, you need to drill holes on the sides. You must calculate to have the same distance from one to another (bucket’s diameter divided by 3).

In the 1 1/2 inches high bucket bottom you have to drill 3 holes (one for each dowel).

In the 3 inches high bucket bottom you have to drill 6 holes (two for each dowel).

tray to make diy side table

To make the table legs you will need three dowels (1 1/4in. radius) of  25 in. long.

You must screw the dowels with the buckets pieces. The 3 inches high bucket bottom on top, with the dowels inside the bucket.

Then +/- 14in. below, the second bucket bottom. Place it opening up so you can use it as a tray.

make a side table

Time to make the tray for the DIY side table.

I cut a circle in a triplex panel. I used a jigsaw. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a circle wooden piece in your hardware store or online.

draw the shape on the plywood

cut the plywood to make the table tray

To make the drawing, I just place masking tape on the trays. If you want to varnish the part that remains in wood, do it before painting.

Otherwise your beautiful paint will turn yellowish and you will have to start over… waste of time, believe me I tried!

So First, apply one or two layer of varnish. Once it’s dry you put the tape, creating a nice pattern, and then you can paint.

paint the side table tray

When the paint is dry, you remove the tape.

I forgot to take a picture, but it’s s very simple step.

assemble the side table

It just remains to fix the tray with the legs. Place the tray upside down on the floor and put the table base on it (upside down too).

Take measure to center the legs on the panel and mark the emplacement.

screw the diy side table

Screw the base and the tray together.

fix the table tray

And voila, your DIY project is done!

These DIY side tables are not only a creative way to reuse materials but also adds some unique piece of furnitures to your home. Enjoy your new, stylish, and eco-friendly side table!

Thank you for reading till the end! I made two different size tables. You will find a small summary of the measurements below.

diy side table measure


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Want to remember it? Save this DIY Side Table on your favorite Pinterest board.

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Saturday 27th of July 2019

I started my first DIY project this week and loved it so much I wanted to give my thanks to my source of inspiration. Finally tracked it down your blog and wow i am amazed at all the other wonderfull things you have crafted and created. Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely ideas. I am excited to try more of your ideas!


Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Thank you so much Lara! I would love to see the table you made! DIY is so much fun, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. Have a lovely day!

Mary Mench

Wednesday 20th of January 2016


Ama Ryllis

Thursday 21st of January 2016

Thank you Mary!


Tuesday 29th of September 2015

J'adore ,très ingénieux !!!

Ama Ryllis

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

Merci...finalement elles servent de tables de nuit!


Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Love it!!! Awesome post, thanks for sharing!:)

Creative Dream

Sunday 8th of June 2014

I love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.