Claire here, with this week’s DIY transformation for you all! When Camille asked for my help in creating a low seated dining table for her bohemian-themed shoot for DIY Network, the wheels in my head started spinning. What types of materials would be right for a Moroccan-style table, perfect for guests to lounge around on floor cushions? How tall should it be for optimal lounging, and how should I construct it? I considered using an old door as the tabletop, but wasn’t sure about the carved indentations…and most of the vintage doors I found were fairly pricey. When I came across these old bed posts, I knew they’d make the perfect legs, topped by simple wooden planks that would allow me to customize the size to exactly where I wanted it. Care to see how the pieces came together? We’ve got the easy instructions just after the jump.
- Wood planks (I used salvaged wood)
- 3 narrow boards, 1/4? x 2.5?
- bed posts (I used old bed post for legs but the options for this part are endless!)
- tape measure
- skill saw
- 1 1/2″ wood screws
- 4 hanger bolts
- Pick out your planks! (I used 3 reclaimed wood pieces about 1′ wide each).
- Determine your length and cut accordingly (We cut ours to 6′ long).
- Choose your legs (bed posts are GREAT if you can find them at a salvage shop).
- Cut to your chosen height (18″ worked for sitting on cushions on the ground).
- Sand all cut pieces to smooth and even.
- Put your planks face down and lay the three 1/4″x2.5′ boards perpendicular on the back, and drill a screw into each board to connect and stabilize, (similar to how I constructed my headboard).
- Measure and mark where you want to position your legs.
- Drill holes into the legs & table (about 1/2-3/4″ deep).
- Screw in the hangar bolts onto the legs, attach them to the table, flip over & dine!
*image: She-n-He Photography
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