I moved into my current apartment in the summer of 2014, upgrading from a studio to a one bedroom. Between work, school, family, friends, life and indecision, I still haven’t completely finished settling in. Instead, it’s been a gradual process of working on different rooms and decorating piece by piece. One of the things I still needed was a pair of end tables for my living room.
I had been keeping my eyes open whenever I was at Target or browsing online, but hadn’t found anything that I loved. A couple of months ago, I came across these plans for DIY small X end tables from Shades of Blue Interiors, and after seeing the finished product on the website, I knew they were exactly what I wanted. I emailed the plans to my dad to see if he had the tools and materials, and he said he was game to help me make them.
I loved the grey in the pictures in the plans, but since my living room is tan and most of my other furniture is black, I wanted to be consistent and use a color that would go with most color palettes when I move in the future. I also wanted to bring some character to the tables instead of painting them plain black, so I found a place in Northeast Minneapolis that sells reclaimed wood called Longleaf Reclaimed Timber. A friend and I drove over one weekend and found some beautiful wood to use for the tops.
If you’re looking for some end tables in this style, I highly recommend using these plans. They’re incredibly solid and will last for years! The one change we made was to use 3/4″ plywood for the shelves instead of 1/2″ as we couldn’t get the pocket screws to work with the narrower board. The last step to do is to seal the tops with poly in a few weeks once the wood has fully dried out.
The tables were definitely a lot of work because there are so many separate parts, but they were a great project to work on with my dad. It was especially meaningful because we finished the tables in my papa’s workshop (he passed away in 2014) at our cabin up north. I love now having pieces that are so meaningful in my apartment!