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How To Make a Chic Side Table (For Only $50!)

A chic DIY pink side table
Maca Atencio

Side tables are essential to every living space, but finding an affordable option that suits your style can be tricky. Instead of compromising on aesthetic and budget, why not make your own side table that you know you’ll love?


Follow this step-by-step guide on how to create a terrazzo-inspired side table out of inexpensive PVC pipes. The best part of all? This trendy furniture DIY costs only $50 to build!

A chic terrazzo style side table outdoors

Materials Required:

  • 1 1/2 inch x 5 feet diameter black PVC pipe
  • 1/2 inch MDF board
  • 1 1/2 inch PVC end caps
  • Spray paint in your favourite colour
  • Stone texture finish spray paint
  • Pencil
  • 6 x 1/2 inch screws
  • Woodworking compass
  • Square or ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Mask

Tools Required:

  • Mitre saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Belt sander
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Drill

Setting up a MDF and measuring a circle diameter

Step One: Measure The Base

Start by measuring the base to cut a 15-inch circle. Using a measuring tape, mark the centre with a pencil and draw a perfect circumference using a woodworking compass.

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Cutting MDF board with a Jigsaw

Step Two: Cut The Base

Next, cut the tabletop with a jigsaw and a clean wood blade. Tip: Don’t rush this step. Go slowly to achieve a straight cut and a perfect circle.

Sanding a MDF circle

Step Three: Sand 

After cutting your tabletop, you’ll need to sand down the circle to remove rough edges using a belt sander and 120 grit sandpaper. Clean the dust when you finish this step.

Related: 10 Unique Dining Tables That Are Perfect for Small Spaces

Cutting PVC pipes with a mitre saw

Step Four: Cut The PVC Pipes

Mark the PVV pipes every 18 inches and cut them using a mitre saw. You’ll need to cut five pipes as the legs.

drilling PVC caps to a piece of MDF

Step Five: Drill The Leg Base 

Lay the tabletop upright and set the five legs equally to the edge. Use a pencil, trace each pipe, and drill the five pipe caps with two screws each.

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Attaching PVC pipes to a tabletop

Step Six: Attach The Legs 

Pop in the PVC tubes in the caps, and voila! You just made your own chic side table.

Spray painting a side table

Step Seven: Have Fun Creating a Terrazzo Effect!


Place your new side table outside before your spray-paint your latest DIY masterpiece.  

Make sure you wear a mask and can work in a well-ventilated area before spray-painting. Apply two coats of paint to your table (we used light pink) and let it dry for at least 35 minutes.

If you want a terrazzo-inspired look, use stone-textured spray paint and apply two more coats. Let it sit overnight for the best results. 

Side Table in Pink Terrazzo

DIY Pink Side Table Using PVC pipes


Don’t you just adore your new side table? If you’re inspired to build more functional and trendy pieces of furniture for your home, you’ll love my other DIYs like this playful wavy shelf and this stylish three-legged planter stand.

Images Courtesy of Maca Atencio.

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