Easy DIY End Table Tutorial


I am creating a small space  (a corner)  in my bedroom to read, so I removed the armoire from the corner of the room. (It made it as far as the hallway as it is so heavy, I am having to take it apart in order to get it downstairs! Ugh!!!) Mr Man helped me, by hanging the TV on the wall, and I started looking for a side end table for the chair I was going to use.

While looking for an end table I came across a pouf and pillow that will look great in the room with the new color of paint that I have selected.

I searched everywhere! Is it me? or is furniture way, way, way overpriced?! While I was in #Target I thought I would see what they had. I was thinking affordable. Oh my! They had one made with a tray table on top and it cost $59.99. REALLY?!


Yup, it irritated me.

Certainly, I can make one for a lot less money and have it look nicer.

(Sorry #Target! I love you but not your end tables)

I found a tray and set about figuring out plan.


I took the measurement of the tray (2 inches in height) and deducted it from the height I wanted to make the table.

That means I needed, 4 – 2×2’s at 19 inches high.


 I used 8 – 1″ x 1/4″ for the sides.

I attached them around the sides with 1 inch screws.

(4 At the top and 4 a couple inches from the bottom)


Sometimes, I like to work down stairs watching a movie on TV while I work.

I get to hang out by the Playhouse too 😉

One coat of primer, one coat of white glossy paint, and it is ready to attach to the tray.


I used a small amount of Power Grab to the top of the 2×2’s before setting the tray on top.


Just a quick comparison …


Really, a quick and easy project! and now I can enjoy it, right next to my chair!


I think I am going to kick back, and enjoy reading my book.

Have a great Monday!



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6 Responses to "Easy DIY End Table Tutorial"

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  1. Sally B

    January 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I love this, you did a great job and it’s very glamorous looking!

  2. Joy2Journey

    January 7, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    Thank you Sally. It is incredibly simple, but it does fit my needs!

  3. Caroline

    June 24, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    I like yours better than target’s! Great job!

  4. Joy2Journey

    June 28, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Thanks Caroline! It was fun to make too 😉

  5. julie collins

    June 12, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Where did you get the serving trays? I have looked everywhere

  6. Joy2Journey

    October 7, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    I bought this one at Target.

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