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DIY Side Table Ideas

As I inch nearer to wrapping up our master bedroom, I started thinking about the side tables we have next to the bed.  On the boyfriend’s side he has the farmhouse side table that I built quite some time ago and on my side we have an old end table that was past down from family.  I like both of them, but really want to move the farmhouse side table downstairs next to the front door.  I think it would fit perfectly there.  The old end table I plan to refinish and really like the style, but it  just doesn’t offer enough storage.  I like to keep a few things next to the bed and right now I am constantly knocking things off if I reach for anything in the dark.  So I’d like to find a new home for that too, which would then leave both sides of the bed empty.

I’ve been on the lookout for side tables at the various thrift shops we have up here, but haven’t any luck yet.  If I can’t find anything ready made, I am always open to building something.  Although, I’m not ready to build anything just yet I thought it couldn’t hurt to do some searching and see what others have already created.

I love this knock-off of a restoration hardware side table.  I think it would look good next to our new headboard.  She includes plans to build it on her site too.

printmakers-side-table-pw1Here’s another restoration hardware nightstand that I like too.  It might actually be a little too rustic.  Maybe with different hardware and finish it could work.

shantyThis old filing cabinet made into a table is super cool.  Won’t work in my bedroom, but would love to find a place for it somewhere else in the house.  I see these occasionally at the thrift stores and might just pick one up the next time I spot one.

12I didn’t find a diy for this particular table, but I like the metal wrap and wonder if it would be difficult to replicate the look.

And, last but not least I found this one here. I think this one would work well with our bed and I love the clean, simple lines. This site also includes easy to follow plans to build it – always a plus!

rogue engineer nightstandAfter all my searching I figured out I definitely seem drawn to the cabinet style, probably because I know I want more storage space or maybe because I just really love cabinets.  Who knows.  I still have plenty of time to put more thought into this particular design choice (it’s not like we have no nightstands at the moment), so I will continue to keep all options open.

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Doorbell Box Cover Ideas

Exciting topic, right?!  Okay, maybe not, but our doorbell cover truly is in a bad spot.  It is smack dab in the middle of one of the main walls you see right as you walk into our house.  Now granted you may also notice the dirty dishes in our kitchen and/or the messy dinner room table too, but at the moment I am looking for ways to make something more attractive permanently that won’t just turn ugly again moments after it is completed (I swear everyone runs to the kitchen and grabs a dish to make dirty seconds after I load the dishwasher).

This is the view of the wall as you come in the front door (with just a hint of my super messy kitchen).  I have painted the doorbell cover to match the lovely builder’s beige and had previously hung some of the kids artwork around it in an attempt to make it fade into the background, but with no luck (pictures came down today).


Today I decided to do a little googling to see what my options of getting rid of that sucker might be.  After just a little research I found that moving the box was more of a hassle than I was willing to tackle, so I started looking to see what others had done to disguise their boxes.

I found this great box/art piece made from pallet wood here.  They left the top of the box open to allow sound to escape.

IMG_1505-640x426And, then this monogrammed art display that fit over a doorbell box here.  She used mdf to create the box and then modpodge over fabric to cover it.

How-to-make-monogrammed-and-decoupaged-art.I also found more traditional covers that would at least make the cover look better, but I’m fairly certain I want it to disappear over look more attractive. These can be found here.

quorum-international-7-115-08Then I thought about all the tutorials I had seen for chunky shelves and discovered this hollow chunky mantle tutorial.

rough-hewn-wood-mantel-3_thumbThe mantle is screwed into two small 2×4’s coming out of the brick that held the previous mantle in place and I think that is what I will do to work around the doorbell cover.   Most of the floating shelf tutorials I found had a 2×4 or some other solid board running the length of the shelf along the wall for support, but that won’t work with the box.    So now I have an idea in my head of creating a few decorative shelves with one specially made to cover the box, we’ll just have to see if it all works out.



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