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!
- 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
- 6 x 1/2 inch screws
- Woodworking compass
- Square or ruler
- Measuring tape
- Mitre saw
- Belt sander
- 120 grit sandpaper
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step Six: Attach The Legs
Pop in the PVC tubes in the caps, and voila! You just made your own chic 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.
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.