DIY: Gift tray + dress form base = side table

Never in my entire life did I have decent bedside tables. You know those two little ones on BOTH sides of the bed that holds the cute lamps and knick-knacks. I've had a bookcase/ a desk/ a vanity beside my bed, but never a side table. Now with an upgrade to a bigger room, I need to have those!

But of course the cheap-o in me don't want to spend, so I look around the house to find something I can work with.

Enter Dress Form Base.
DIY, side table, before and after, teal furniture
The dress form got ruined by the flood last year. Thank goodness they kept the base. I love the shape, I knew this got to be the foot of my table. I would love to have a chunky round top, but do I really expect to find that lying around the house?

Enter Marks & Spencer Gift Tray.
DIY, side table, before and after, teal furniture
I've got this tray for years, just doing its usual purpose of keeping some things in order. But it's just the right size for the base, and hey, I don't need to build anything from scratch.

1. removed the balls from the tray
2. cut the steel pole from the dress form base

I don't want to nail through the tray to avoid ugly holes, so I..
3. cut a thin plywood sized to the inside measurements of the tray and
4. secured the plywood to the base
DIY, side table, before and after, teal furniture
5. placed the tray upside down, and fixed with nail glue.
6. painted
DIY, side table, before and after, teal furniture
I'm so pleased with the outcome! Now I just need to find the cute lamp to place on it.

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One Life Many Journeys said...

Now that is what I call a one of a kind piece. I love it. Very clever! Visiting from Remodelaholic

Beth Adams said...

Love it! Very creative & with everything already on hand. Bravo. Saw this on Remodelaholic. Pop on over to Wiccan Make Some Too when you get the chance & say hi.

banclothing said...

This looks awesome. I like that you painted the whole thing blue. I am scared of colour so I always opt for something neutral, expected, and safe. Way to go; it looks fantastic. It has inspired me because I have a minifridge for a nightstand right now because I haven't been able to find anything I like.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

What a creative idea. I have a base without a top in my garage and i think I just might steal your clever idea. The paint color is perfect too :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How creative and what a darling little table you have now! Super idea and I love the paint color you chose! Well done! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope you will be back over to share again soon! :)

Terry said...

Very creative and very cute! Terry

Elle {SWITCHEROOm} said...

Thank you so much! Glad you guys like it as much as I did :)

Van said...

So creative! I need a night stand (desperately!) and I love how you've combined two unlike objects and made a cohesive whole.

Very cute blog :D I will become a new follower today, I love the crafty spirit. If you have any Holiday Crafts to share from your archives, please link them to my Holiday themed link share here:

Nice to meet you :)

a little lovely said...

love this! so creative and i love the color! i'll be featuring this tom, thanks for sharing and linking up!!

Elle {SWITCHEROOm} said...

Thank you Van and thanks so much A Little Lovely for the feature :D

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great Job! I will be featuring you!
Bonnie :)

Elle {SWITCHEROOm} said...

Thanks Bonnie for the feature! :D

Tyla said...

Very cute - and clever!

Elle {SWITCHEROOm} said...

Thanks Tyla!

Bella said...

Hey Elle, gotta say I love it too. Great idea, and it's always super fun when you make awesome things from stuff you already have around the house. I do that all the time, he he. Come link up to **Amaze me August** ANYTIME I would love, love, love to have you.

Bella :)

Elle {SWITCHEROOm} said...

Thanks Bella. It's really great to reuse something and make it pretty. :) I'd love to link up to your party!

Mel said...

Marvelous transformation! I love when people think outside of the box and see the potential in items and you've come up with a winning combo!

Visiting from Design sponge.

ktsrt said...

love the color. what shade is this?

Elle {SWITCHEROOm} said...

^emailed you. :)

Thanks for dropping by. I'd love to hear what you think! :)

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