This DIY end table inspired by West Elm is a great beginner project. Build your own with easy to follow step-by-step detailed plans and tutorial!
This DIY end table looks really great right?!
But what you are really going to be amazed at is how easy it is to build!
Let’s get into that in just a little bit.
First I should probably tell you about my living room. Sadly, I have been ignoring it and hoping everything will fall into place slowly. It even went through a virtual makeover to give me ideas on what to do with the space!
I decided to start building and adding furniture and started with this little DIY end table.
Well, it isn’t really little.
It is quite chunky.
I have been digging that chunky looking furniture lately, especially, since I built the West Elm inspired Emerson Buffet in collaboration with Jen Woodhouse.
So I went ahead and built a West Elm inspired end table using a similar concept.
The best part is that not only does it look great, but it is also super easy to make too! No special woodworking skills needed. You can totally make this in half a day!
Plus, if you are like me and have a huge stockpile of scrap wood, you can build it out of that! The only lumber I had to buy was half a sheet of plywood and a couple of 1×3 boards.
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Materials needed for the DIY End Table
- Lumber per the plans
- Circular saw
- Miter saw
- Power Drill/ Driver
- Brad nailer
- Pocket Hole Jig (See full tutorial with video on how to use a Kreg Jig)
- Sander and sandpaper
- 1¼″ pocket hole screws
- 1¼″ wood screws – These are my favorites.
- 1¼″ finish nails
- Wood glue
Be sure to take a look at the list of my favorite tools.
DIY End Table
Here is an overview video of how to build this end table.
How to build the DIY end table
The table is basically built like a skeleton on the inside. The interiors are hollow and that makes the table a lot less heavy than it looks and planks are nailed on top of the skeleton.
I shared the detailed step by step tutorial with pictures on how to build this over on Jen Woodhouse’s blog a few months ago. You can refer to that for all the details.
Or you can download the detailed printable plans with schematics for this DIY end table here
Finishing the DIY End Table
To give the end table a semi-modern/industrial look, I decided to stain it Carbon Grey.
I cut up strips of Stainless steel contact paper and attached it to the spacers to add the metallic for the industrial look.
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I am so pleased with how it turned out and it fits right in with my decor!
Don’t forget to get the downloadable plans and make your own!
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She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"