Friday, March 9, 2012

Anthropologie inspired bedside tables

Here is a fantastic bedside tables I found  here by Anthropologie… Unfortunately, they are no longer available on their site.    However, you can make these cool side tables for less than a $100, they were being sold at Anthropologie for a mere $931.57.  You don't even need extensive woodworking skills to do this project, in other word anyone can make this.

The finished product is 22" high and 14" wide.

Materials needed:

1 - Mini chests with 3 drawers from Ikea
4 - 123 Wooden legs from hardware store like Home Depot
4 - Metal top plate (to attach legs to chest) from Home Depot
Decorative trim, assorted styles, 6-82 long
3 -  Knobs (ours were vintage, but check hardware store)
Wood glue, paint brushes, hardwood for base
One piece of hardwood cut to the size of the bottom of the chest (which is Width: 14 "
Depth: 10 1/4 ")
Prime and paint
You will also need (but may already have):
Small nails

Put together the mini chests as per Ikea's lovely instructions.

Attach the legs

You can’t just screw the legs into the chest because then, of course, the bottom drawer wouldn’t open. You have to adhere the hardwood piece of wood for the bottom of chest with generous amount of wood glue so you can screw the metal plates into the wood at the four corners.  
Now you can screw the legs into the plate.

Decorate with trim

Cut all the trim with the hacksaw to the size of the chest (not the drawers - so that they will go right to the edge).  The rough edges can be sanded down.  Lay down the pieces out on the floor in the pattern you would like.  Use one of the wider trims as the top layer on each drawer so the little cut out is completely covered. You need to leave a space between the trim on each drawer to make it easier to attach the knobs later.

Now start gluing the trim to the drawers. Hold each strip down for a minute or so. You can clamp the top trim with a couple of binder clips.
You can attach the trim with little nails but I don t recommend it - the wood splits very easily.

You will want to cover up the ugly plywood and metal plates on the bottom with trim.
Let it all sit for at least a couple of hours to let the glue dry.  Sand all the edges well.

You can prime and then paint. Or buy a paint that is primer and paint in one and do two thin coats.
Do not paint the sides of the drawers or the inside of the chest because it's already a snug fit without
layers of paint.  Let it dry overnight.  Attach the knobs by screwing them in where you left a space between trims on each drawer.

Beautiful side table, don't you think?

Linking this post to:
Homemaker on a Dime


  1. This is a fabulous idea to use decorative trim!! The table looks great!

  2. Those are gorgeous! I LOVE the one you made!

  3. Well...Arent you ALL THAT! Dayum, that little table has a mighty personality! Great job!


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