DIY Live Edge Wood Side Table

Exciting news…the nursery is 100% finished!!!!!!  The bad news is that you’ll probably have to wait another week to see the whole reveal.  Hopefully you aren’t tired of hearing about it yet:)  I still need to take and edit all the pictures and I don’t foresee that getting done with a busy week, but to keep you interested until then, I’ll have a few last DIY tutorials from the nursery to share before the big reveal.  Starting with the coolest one.  Mike made a super sweet live edge wood side table.

live edge side table tutorialHe found this neat piece of wood, oh, about 3 years ago while hiking around by the cabin.  We’ve held onto it ever since waiting for a fun idea to pop into our heads and this was the perfect one.  When I told Mike we needed a side table for the nursery next to the rocking chair, he immediately thought of this piece.  Making it work was a little more tricky, but we got it figured out.  Sorry about the bad lighting for the next few pictures…our garage isn’t ideal for blog photos:) Here is what the wood looked like when he found it.

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It wasn’t perfectly smooth so Mike took the sander to it to make a good surface for the table.

live edge tableThe hardest part of making this table was creating a level surface.  Since part of the wood is thicker and the other end is thinner, we had to figure out a way to make a level bottom for the legs to attach to.  I came up with the idea to use a piece of scrap wood to nail to the wood top, level it out, and attach the legs to that.  We found a piece of wood in our stock pile and then used a couple small pieces of wood to level it up underneath.

live edge table Then Mike screwed that into the wood top.

live edge table Once we had a level area, it was time to attach the legs.  We used scrap wood for this as well.  Mike used the Kreg Jig to drill some holes into the sides of the legs and screwed them into the underneath board.

live edge table Once all the legs were attached, Mike put a wood skirt around the outside of the scrap wood to hide all the scraps under there:)

live edge table Then we took it inside and painted the legs and skirt in the same gray color as the walls in the nursery.  It’s really pretty and goes well with the natural wood look of the table top.

live edge table The last step was to add some polyurethane to the top to seal the wood and enhance the grain.  This was the table top before the poly.

live edge table And here’s how it looked after two coats of poly.

live edge table Pretty cool, huh?  It’s shiny, nice and smooth and level to hold all my little things that I’ll need while feeding Baby H.:)  I added a lamp from Target {for all those night time feedings coming our way} and a little peach bowl, also from Target.

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live edge table We love it.  It adds a lot of character and I love that it’s something Mike found and made specifically for our baby girl.  So excited to share how it looks with the whole nursery soon!!!

Anyone else have a cool piece of wood you didn’t know what to do with?  Any other fans of rustic touches in a room?





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  1. I have so enjoyed the journey of your nursery… The table just may be my favorite…. Cant wait to see the reveal…. So happy for you guys….

  2. I love this table! What a great tutorial! Pinning this one!

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love how this turned out so much.

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  5. Jessie this table is amazing! Would love for you to share at the party! xo Bridgett

  6. That is awesome! Love it, Jessie!

  7. I love the wood and the natural feel it adds! I can’t believe you “found” it! Awesome!

  8. Love your live edge side table.. wish I could stumble upon some great piece of wood like that..


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