Narrow Cottage End Tables

I got my first real tool last year for my birthday (in October).

A miter saw.

I had been aching to build things.

Then I found a Kreg Jig (pocket hole jig) on Craigslist.  It was super cheap and had never been used, it was an older model, but it works!!!!!

So I did my first build with pocket holes, a headboard bench.  I was so excited!  I was building things.

I actually have done several builds since then, but today I want to share my spur of the moment build, my narrow cottage end tables.

I was wanting to build something so bad one day, but I didn't have any money to buy wood.  I did however have some wood my father-in-law had given me from his shed and some scrap wood I had picked up from the free section of craigslist.  So I went to Ana's site and found her plans for the narrow cottage end tables.  You can find the plans here.

I feel it is important to understand that for me to do a project I can't just whip it out in one day, ha!  I have six kids after all... Maybe a small one in one day...but this one well, it was for fun and so I take things in steps.

I measure wood one day.  Cut and sand it the next.

I love it all neat and stacked waiting to be made into something useful.
I only had a little time one day so I drilled all my pocket holes...aren't they pretty!

Then I take a day to build.  These really don't take very long to put together and within 3 hours (that includes installing drawer slides on two tables, my first time) I  had two cute little tables!
So Fun...
I made a table, with a drawer!  Eeekkk!  I can't even tell you how much fun I had opening and closing the drawers, even if they didn't have a pull yet.

It was several weeks later that I finally got around to putting pulls on...
And...several weeks after that when I finally got around to painting them (I did make these mid winter).
My Favorite color.

What did you notice different from picture 1 to picture 2?  Hmmm.....Kids pictures...lamp shades (better but not best, yet)....rug.... I could call that a mini makeover, yes I think I will claim it, you might say my almost free end tables (I did buy the knobs and drawer slides, altogether under $20) inspired me!

Now that makes me happy!  Here are a few more shots.
I took a huge step in this phase, I attempted to distress.  Not bad for a beginner, but I have improved since this first attempt.  Check out my second attempt at distressing here.  I am so glad I was brave enough to try, hopefully I will only get better!

Lots of Love,

I will be linking to these parties.



  1. WOW! You should totally be so proud of yourself your amazing! These are so cute!!! Great job:)

  2. I can't believe you made these - they're gorgeous!

  3. Love your blog! The pictures are terrific. Can't wait to see what you create next!

  4. my husband recently made this same table. he took it to our booth at a consignment/craft store and it sold in about 10 minutes. they weren't even thru staging it. he was rather proud as it was his first build. yours look awesome.

    1. That is so awesome!! He should feel proud! It is very empowering to build!!


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