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DIY Side Table Ideas for Outdoors and Indoors

Side tables are a great invention in terms of decoration and interior. They are very versatile, useful and can be added to practically any room, whether it is large or small.

Most of us are probably more used to seeing side tables as part of interiors, but that doesn't always have to be the case. Indeed, there are many occasions when a side table could be added to the outside space in a very practical and useful way.

This article will show you different ways to make, install, and use a side table both indoors and outdoors that you definitely want to try yourself, whether you're an experienced DIY expert or looking for your first project to help you do it get your hands dirty.

Please read on to uncover the following fantastic DIY side table ideas for outdoors and indoors.

DIY dollar tree mirrored side table

DIY dollar tree mirrored side table.

You wouldn't believe what this beautiful side table is if you just look at it. The piece was completely rebuilt from a plastic storage tower that was completely repainted on all surfaces, including the top, and covered with mirrors. It is now used for both storage and decoration, with the elegant table lamp placed on it. via youtube

DIY terracotta pot side table

DIY terracotta pot side table.

Here's another great example of a beautiful and unexpected project. To make this table, the owners repainted a clay pot and its bottom in reverse positions and then repositioned it. A wide string of twine has been added between the two, and the piece is crowned with a matching small flower vase. about economical and elegant

Distressed wood outdoor side table

Distressed wood outdoor side table.

This table is everything you could want from an outdoor DIY project. It has a simple structure with two legs, a top and two side supports and looks desperate at first, which means that it wears well. It's a clear win-win deal with this project. via satoridesignforliving

DIY side table with built-in planter or ice bucket

DIY side table with built-in planter or ice bucket.

The lower table outside is a bit more complex. The table itself is your normal dark wood with four legs and a pallet top. Then a second structure was added with a deep, bucket-like plate on the side, which gives the piece additional interest and utility. about thehandymansdaughter

DIY crate side tables

DIY crate side tables.

This project is pretty much your perfect rustic side table as the boxes were built in a stacked design and then stained to give this side table the perfect rural aesthetic indoors. about littleglassjar

DIY wire basket side table

DIY wire basket side table.

This cute wire basket was spray-painted, then turned upside down and provided with a round wooden plate so that it could become a beautiful and decorative side table outdoors. about theshabbycreekcottage

Concrete table

Concrete table.

The round side table planter is really cool because the whole thing is done by hand, but it looks seamless and perfects its own structured style, with the flowers bursting from the top. about lowes

Ceramic planter side table with shells

Ceramic planter side table with shells.

The large, antique-looking ceramic planter got a marble top adorned with shells and became a perfect outdoor table where people can put their drinks down during a summer date or party. about Sandandsisal

DIY stool side table with a sea glass table top

DIY stool side table with a sea glass table top.

Bring some sea breeze into your home with this beautiful white and blue side table. It was made from a beautiful structured stool, the top of which was decorated with sea glass pieces that make it look stunning. about justjudyblog

Modern hexagonal side table

Modern hexagonal side table.

This side table is definitely elegant and complex – as it should be because it is hexagonal. It has a solid, thick hexagon top and a matching sacred hexagon on the bottom, both of which are white and connected by six wooden legs painted in metallic rose gold. about lovecreatecelebrate

IKEA Table Hack – nautical side table

IKEA Table Hack - nautical side table.

The sweet rustic side table is really the result of a hack. All you have to do is take a hollow wooden storage cube and give it matching legs to lift it up, and then add a matching top with a wooden square. Paint everything so that it looks seamless and you have your table. about Thinking cabinet

DIY Moroccan side table with Mdf

DIY Moroccan side table with Mdf.

The Moroccan side table is made of MDF, one of the cheapest and easiest to work with. All you have to do is cut your square for the top and then four identical legs as you can see in the picture. Put everything together, then paint the piece and it's ready to use. about Showcase life

Pottery Barn inspired round bistro table with concrete top

Pottery Barn inspired round bistro table with concrete top.

This low side table consists of a double X-bracket made of old wood, which supports the round solid concrete plate. Overall, it's a charming piece, especially when used outdoors. about Rogue Engineer

DIY base clock side table

DIY base clock side table.

The side table is simply one of the coolest upcycling projects you'll ever see. It combines a simple wooden base with a vintage wall clock that serves as a table top. The end product is simply stunning and awesome. about ohjuliana

Recycled slate + industry table

Recycled slate + industry table.

This table is definitely one for nature lovers as it takes a thick branch that may have been left over from cleaning the yard and turns it into the legs of a charming side table with a smooth slate top. about Design sponge

DIY stump side table

DIY stump side table.

This shows that you can use a tree stump in the coolest way. The stump was painted completely white so that the texture was retained, but the color was opaque. A stripe or belt with rivets was then created near the top to give it an edgy, elegant touch. about a nice mess

DIY log slice table

DIY log slice table.

There are many ways to turn a tree into a table, and this is just another adorable idea. A large but not very wide tree trunk was left in its natural state and in this case was provided with some legs to transform it into a rustic side table that should definitely be praised. about water heater

DIY Thrift Store side table with glitter and brass accents

DIY Thrift Store side table with glitter and brass accents.

Now it's another one of those really surprising projects, since the beautiful side table you see was once a wicker stool from a thrift store. The bench itself was painted completely white and then got a new, smooth top that was painted with a mixture of shiny green and glitter. The piece was finished with a trim of small gold pearls. about Rosyscription

DIY accent table from a wire basket

DIY accent table from a wire basket.

Here's another great example of how baskets can easily be turned into beautiful side tables. This was made from a hollow wire basket that was given a small round top, effectively turning it into a table. about Making homebase

DIY brass side tables

DIY brass side tables.

These tables are really elegant and you would probably never suspect that they are homemade. They were patterned from white hollow baskets with lace patterns, which were painted in dark brass and fitted with matching tops, so that they now serve as side tables in an elegant living room. about a nice mess

Recycled side table of the old box

Recycled side table of the old box.

This side table has a cool rustic aesthetic as the piece was made from an old box. The markings and emergency signs make the piece look really vintage, while the additional wheels at the bottom make this side table mobile for events. about Deveilingkist

DIY side table with illuminated Grapevine balls inside

DIY side table with illuminated Grapevine balls inside.

It is another basket that has been transformed into a side table with a table top. What is different is that it was not left hollow, but was filled with wine balls that let a subtle light shine over more intimate moments. about allthingsheartandhome

Terracotta pot OUTDOOR SIDE TABLE

Terracotta pot OUTDOOR SIDE TABLE.

This is another great example of a large terracotta planter that is turned into a beautiful side table. This was repainted and turned upside down, then a flat wicker basket was used as a table top and the lower cladding was decorated with string or a similar material. about infarrant creative

DIY shutter side table

DIY shutter side table.

This vintage side table is another brilliant project as the unique look was achieved with reused shutters. A smooth dark charcoal plate completes the piece. about good cleaning

Farmhouse side table with X support legs

Farmhouse side table with X support legs.

This is an unusual look for a farmer's side table because it looks more stone-like than warm and inviting. The table itself is supported by X-shaped legs and has a smooth marble top. A second smooth surface can also be seen between the legs below. via Shadesofblueinteriors

DIY farmhouse crate side table

DIY farmhouse crate side table.

Now this side table has the true farmhouse look. The piece was made from a box with a shelf inside for better organization. about handmade port

DIY side table

DIY side table.

This homemade side table makes a good impression without making a lot of time or money. All parts, from the top to the middle leg of the base and its support, can be bought in the shop. So you just have to choose which one you like and put it all together. about Shanty-2-chic

DIY Geometric Log side table

DIY Geometric Log side table.

The side table looks very simple and rustic, but requires work and skill. To achieve a similar effect, you would actually have to cut the shape out of a log. So if you can't or can't do this, you may want to keep looking for ideas. about ehow

DIY outdoor stool or side table made of old wood

DIY outdoor stool or side table made of old wood.

This is a two-in-one project because the side table can also serve as a bench or stool if needed. The main structure consists of four identical hollow squares with Xs, which were made from old wood. The top is a square stone slab that creates contrast and obviously provides a smooth surface for people and objects to sit on. about Ladygoats

DIY log side table

DIY log side table.

This is definitely a different concept for a wooden side table as it literally consists of some mismatched natural trunks tied with a thick rope to create a makeshift table.

Repurposed vintage milk jug side tables

Repurposed vintage milk jug side tables.

Here's another brilliant idea for a shabby-chic side table. This uses a large vintage milk jug, the top of which was covered with a smooth piece of polished wood so that it could serve as a unique table. about Prettyhandygirl

DIY boxwood milk color side table

DIY boxwood milk color side table.

It is another beautiful shabby-chic style side table. The elegant design is simply beautiful, but it is the textures of the wood and the industrial table lamp that really give this table its unique aesthetic. about thegoldensycamore

DIY industrial coil table

DIY industrial coil table.

This wooden table is definitely unique, with its mix of textures and all the details that go into this project, making it from a rustic piece to a distinct look as if it belonged to the industrial category. about maisondepax

DIY milk can side table

DIY milk can side table.

This idea is not so original in the context of this article, but looks very different due to the color. The main structure is a large milk jug, to which a smooth and matching table top has been added. Together they make a really nice side table. about fussymonkeybiz

Pottery Barn Knockoff side table outdoors

Pottery Barn Knockoff side table outdoors.

The elegant two-tone outdoor table may cost you a pretty penny at the store, but the good news is that it can be easily replicated at a fraction of the price. The main structure is a hollow cube made of thin strips of wood. A small square palette can serve as the top. Once the parts are assembled, all you have to do is paint the final product in the monochrome scheme. about southern revival

DIY Mesh & Mirror side table

DIY Mesh & Mirror side table.

This DIY side table is fairly easy to make because it only consists of two parts: a rounded mesh basket and a mirror. If you put the mirror as a table top in the basket, you are done. about diywithstyle

DIY acrylic side table

DIY acrylic side table.

It is another simple and practical project as it is basically an acrylic storage unit with legs. All you need to recreate it is a clear acrylic storage unit and some thin wooden legs that you install in an X shape for better support. It's that simple. About inmyownstyle

DIY twisty table

DIY twisty table.

This narrow side table design is beautiful, but it takes skill and work to replicate because the wood has to be bent and strategically placed to create this unique design. about Timber trade diaries

Side table made from recycled wine barrel

Side table made from recycled wine barrel.

Wine barrels can make great side tables, much like boxes and jugs, as this project clearly shows. This was obviously tidied up and completely closed, but has not lost its essence, even if the additional decorative parts were attached outside and above. about Centationalgirl

DIY palm leaf side table

DIY palm leaf side table.

This side table has been transformed from a strict bedside table into a fun, tropical piece as it has been repainted white with a green palm pattern on the front. Brass accents have also been added to the corners and legs. about a nice mess

DIY side table from a stool

DIY side table from a stool.

It's another great example of how a stool can look fantastic as a side table when it is suitable for this purpose. The contrasting colors of the actual stool and the top look beautiful and elegant, as does the overall design. about the village

DIY coil side table

DIY coil side table.

This piece was not changed as it was converted. The spool is very functional as a side table and the wood grain and texture give it a unique character. about charming imperfections

DIY recycled tire table

DIY recycled tire table.

It is perhaps one of the most surprising ideas in the entire article, as the table is made up of two large old hoops stacked together and covered with a thin rope to hide their true nature and give the piece this rustic aesthetic. A discreet table top made of smooth glass has been added to the top tire so that this table can actually be used safely. about homemade interest

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