18.8.11

Finally! A Craft Table!! How To Make an Easy Craft Table with Storage!

Last week, I made a vow to myself to finally get a craft table on the weekend.  Whether it meant buying one or making one, I was bound and determined to make this happen.  I've had my craft supplies scattered around the house, in every closet imaginable for far too long!

After searching for a proper table that would do, I wasn't able to find anything pre-made.  Ding ding! Genius idea alert!  I found these Martha Stewart white Stackable Cube Organizers on the Home Depot website and at that moment I knew what I had to do.  I was going to make my own table using these babies as the base.

It just so happened that these were the perfect height... 36" tall which would make my craft table about counter-height.  They were also already white so I knew I wouldn't have to paint anything (I had wanted it to all be white). So the fiance and I headed over to Home Depot to pick some up. We also grabbed a standard pre-cut melamine white coated board (again, no painting yay!), size 30"x60". Perfect!  The storage shelves were 24" wide so this would allow for a 3" overhang.

The assembly was super easy. All you need is a hammer and a screw driver.  D looked like he was doing a good job so I just let him do it himself ;)


Once he was done, we could pop the table top on. First though, we measured a 3" overhang on all sides of the board with a pencil. This would allow us to easily line up the top of the shelves with the lines on the underside of the table. We're smart ;)

I also added the backings that came with the shelves in a checkerboard pattern, just because I liked it that way.


I was very adamant about there not being ANY screws going through the top of this thing. I didn't want any signs of a make-shift table. After convincing D that it could in fact be done by just using shorter screws up through the underside of it, he finally gave in.  Oh and guess who was right? Yep, me.  I believe the screws were 1" screws, which worked perfectly because the top of the shelves were half an inch thick, and the table top was about an inch thick. Anyways, it worked very well.


My table ended up being 5 feet by 2.5 feet.... and I absolutely love it! (don't mind my ugly unfinished basement... I'm working on it!)


This whole project cost me $130. Which is more than I wanted to spend, but less than any other table this size would cost retail.  The shelves were $44 each and the table top was about $25. Overall I am thrilled and have been spending a lot of time in the basement lately!

xox Dana


32 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!! So awesome! I only wish it were sturdy enough for me to hammer on! I am looking for something like that for myself!!

    GREAT JOB

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  2. That table looks great, and you are so right, it is much cheaper this way! Have fun!

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  3. Oh it looks great!!!

    And what is it with cats and boxes? Mine's the same way. I leave a box or basket unattended for two minutes and she's camping out in it.

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  4. That turned out great! I love it. And your cat has a twin - he lives at my house!! :)

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  5. @Jessica @ jessicaNdesigns

    Thanks love! Its actually super sturdy! This baby's not going anywhere! The melamine is so thick (and it was so heavy!) and the storage cubes were surprisingly pretty solid themselves. Haven't tried hammering on it though but i doubt it would be a problem. Xo!

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  6. ooh look at you go! that's such a good idea. i can't wait until i have a real space of my own to set something like this up in. for now, my little dorm room won't allow for such wonderful things.

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  7. BRILLIANT!!! That's really great, Dana! You will create many beautiful things there. :)

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  8. Your blog is the cutest! I love this idea. I recently got a cheap table from Ikea and use it as my craft table.

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  9. :) I'm still trying to figure out _where_ to put a unit like this (except for the shelf-legs;I don't have them in my table) That's my step 1. Then there's this "make your lover carry it to its place and you just sip coffee on the sofa" -step 2.


    xx

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  10. Love it and I esp love the storage on the side!

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  11. Don't you just love it when a good idea comes together? Har har har... But in all seriousness, it is an awesome table. You did a great job! It's functional AND pleasing to the eye :)

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  12. Hehehe, that is the best DIY I have ever seen :) And it comes with a free-kitten-in-a-box photo! You are amazing, girl :)

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  13. love the lil kitty in a box shot :) The table looks goood!
    nadiine-x

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  14. Oh my goodness this is brilliant!! Love it!

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  15. Love your blog!!!
    I just went and bought EVERYTHING to make this!!
    It looks like it may be a little tall for me.. but why else did they make height adjustable chairs right??!!

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  16. I am in love {and insanely jealous :)} of your new craft table. Isn't it great to have a handy guy around {and a cute one to boot :)}

    Have a lovely weekend!

    ♥ Cat brideblu

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  17. What a fantastic idea!!! I love your table:-) My one is very small :-/ Love your creations as well!!!
    Joanna
    http://magicforesttoys.blogspot.com/

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  18. I love it! Thanks for visiting our blog. This is a great project idea. It provides such a nice amount of work space.

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  19. Love your site! It has so many goodies and great ideas. Will definitely visit again soon!

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  20. That craft table is so cute!
    Must be so fun to use :D
    Xoxo
    Sarah

    Come join my wonderful Shabby Apple giveaway :D

    http://sandoproductions.blogspot.com/2011/08/giveaway-shabby-apple.html

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  21. cool table !
    awesome !

    xoxo,
    Rebecca
    http://rebeccaclch.blogspot.com

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  22. looove this! :)
    you did a great job!
    and thank you so much for your comment :)
    xx

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  23. well aren't you clever! I got the same Martha Stewart organizer for all my sewing cuteness - tho I got the espresso finish.. and 9 cubes - but I love your table idea with it. Hope it means more super cute cuddlies being created!
    Mel
    www.needleandnestdesign.blogspot.com

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  24. I love that!! This would be perfect in almost any room for an array of uses. I think my 3 year old would love this for all her art work and coloring books.
    It'd be an awesome desk for an office as well. A little different than your standard desk. I like that you can add whichever baskets you like in the slots... it makes for something unique. Great idea!

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  25. What a perfect idea! I'm loving the table...I'm also loving your blog!

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  26. Dana this is Fantastic!!! Just what I need!!! LOL thats crazy...lol I am using an old computer desk right now but its no bueno when it comes to stashing my fabrics! This....is way cool...you think I can get a cheaper table top from ikea?? or maybe just go with home depot? By the way I will be sending in my payment today.....SO anxious!! I thank you again! :)

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