Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pinterest Challenge: DIY Metal Side Table

My DIY Side Table made from a sheet of aluminum.
I recently ran across the Pinterest Challenge at YoungHouseLove.  The idea is that you actually attempt to make something that you've pinned on PinterestThe Pinterest Challenge is actually hosted by YoungouseLove along with three other blogs:  BowerPower, Ana-White and House of Earnest
I joined Pinterest a few weeks ago but I haven't pinned too much.  I've been too busy making frames and lamps and wracking my brain for other ideas to entertain you on this blog.  But the Pinterest Challenge inspired me. 

Here are my inspirational pins or more accurately my aspirational pictures:

So I went to Lowes and got a sheet of aluminum, and some wood veneer. 

 Cloverleaf Aluminum Sheet by M-D Building Products

 Red Oak Wood Veneer from Home Depot

I used that along with a board that was leftover from a previous project to make this side table. 

DIY Metal Side Table - Version 1

It was a pretty simple process. I used my jigsaw to cut two circles from my wood board. I spray-painted the boards with silver spray paint then stapled the metal panel to the wood boards.  I also painted the wood veneer then glued it over the staples to form a nice edge. 

Table Making Supplies - wood circle (I've already painted silver at this point), stapler, wood glue, wood veneer, spray paint and wood screws.

I used a jigsaw to cut out two circles from this board to create the table top and bottom.

Stapling the aluminum sheet to the wood circle.  I stapled the aluminum sheet all
the way around the wood circle.  Then I used a wood screw to further secure the
ends of the aluminum sheet.  You could probably get by without the screws. 

Applying the painted wood veneer

Then, after all that, I decided that I didn't really love my new side table. 

Then I remembered this tray table that I had

A few hours and one can of red spray paint later and I had a red side table. 
New side table - for some reason this pattern does not photograph very well.

Table is the perfect height to drop things on as you walk in the door. 

Now after all that, I'm not sure about the red.  I like it but I don't love it.

I think the only solution is to go buy this
MD Products Union Jack Aluminum Sheet
and try again. 


  1. i love the red!
    Arbiter Bibendi of the EHS

  2. Aww thanks! Such a high compliment to come from the Aribiter Bibendi. I am truly flattered.

  3. Now that is some intricate metal work! I think it is going to stand as a side table for a very long time. At least, that's what it looks like. Thanks for giving us a glimpse, Christy. Have a nice day!

    Bernice Parsons @ Badger Anodising