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DIY Anthropologie-inspired Bedside Tables

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These bedside tables were inspired by the Curator Table by Anthropologie, which is no longer on their site, but you can see a picture here. It was selling for more than $900(CAD), and we were able to make them for less than $100 each.
I have no woodworking experience, which probably shows, but it means that ANYONE can make this!
The finished product is 22" high and 14" wide.

Materials (for one table) with approximate pricing:
2 Fira mini chests with 3* drawers from Ikea: $15 (seen here)
4 123 Wooden legs from hardware store like Home Depot: $5 each
4 Metal top plate (to attach legs to chest) from Home Depot: $2 each
Decorative trim, assorted styles, 6-82 long: approx. $25
Paint: $20
6 Knobs (ours were vintage, but check hardware store): $2.50 each
Wood glue, paint brushes, hardwood for base: $15
One piece of hardwood cut to the size of the bottom of the chest (which is Width: 14 "
Depth: 10 1/4 ")

You will also need (but may already have):
Small nails
Sandpaper
Hacksaw (we have a small hacksaw that cost $5)

*About the Fira chests: I bought the 5-drawer version because it was the only one available at our Ikea. I was actually looking for the 3-drawer one which would be a bit easier to work with. I decided to glue the three little drawers together - now the top drawer has built-in dividers.
 
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Step 1: Put together the Fira chest

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Put together the fira mini chests as per Ikea's lovely instructions.

(The 5 drawer version of the Fira chest is shown, which is what I used)

Step 2: Attach the legs

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You can't just screw the legs into the chest because then, of course, the bottom drawer wouldn't open. So get a piece of hardwood cut to the size of the fira chest, or just a smidge smaller. A friendly worker at Home Depot cut ours. Use generous amounts of wood glue to adhere the wood to the bottom of the chest, then hammer small nails along the edge. Screw the metal plates into the wood at the four corners.
Now you can screw the legs in (and off should you need to move it).
marydecorator4 months ago

Very inspiring. I can't believe you came up with this. What's your secret? :D

LibbyLu2 years ago
That is such a great little table and you've inspired me in so many ways!! Thanks for posting!
very nice indeed...will definately be making some of these:)
dr-awkward2 years ago
Yeah super nice. I think Ill make these with my next two days off. They're terrific. Thanks.
builddoll3 years ago
Looks nice!! But to be sure it is properly sealed you should use an oil based primer. I work with paint and we looked in to the primer/paint and it does not come up to snuff. Acrylic primer does not seal wood. if there is any sap left in the wood it will bleed through the water based paint and primer. So to make your projects beauty last prime with oil first then you can use any paint after.
Great to know, thanks for the info.
kellimaier3 years ago
really brilliant...beautiful...
jarroyo33 years ago
Love it! Thanks so much for the ideas! It never ceases to amaze me what IKEA has to offer and the many ways in which it can be customized!
qm14413 years ago
I LOVE THIS....my mind is racing thinking of the limitless possibilities. Would make cool wainscoating...
NanaMomsers3 years ago
Great idea!

One problem tho' - Ikea no longer sells the Fira drawers in any size. So where do I get something like them??
I made my own with 3/4 inch plywood. It's heavy but will last a life time. DIY can show you how to make drawers. You could build abox put in 2 shevles ,then build 3 drawers . They are only boxes. I have made alot of things I could not aford.Wickedgranny I'm 59 Years and have made most of my own furnture.
byhannah3 years ago
beeeautiful!
scmtngirl4 years ago
This is so inspiring! I like yours better than the original Anthropologie ones. Seems like a lot of the Anthro stuff is just begging to be recreated by clever people like yourself. Might have to try my hand at something like that.
I agree! Anthropologie and other expensive stores are great sources of inspiration, but I don't think I would actually buy from them. I mean, 2,000 bucks for a headboard and footboard? No thanks
devsharon5 years ago
This is a great project... One of my favorites.
cucumbersome (author) 5 years ago
Thanks, everyone!
omnibot5 years ago
Really nice.
Rob K5 years ago
I have no woodworking experience, which probably shows, but it means that ANYONE can make this!

Well it still turned out nice.
I love the results!
They turned out really well. I think you captured the effect you were going for perfectly.