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
  • pencil
  • skill saw
  • sander
  • drill
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • 4 hanger bolts
  1. Pick out your planks! (I used 3 reclaimed wood pieces about 1′ wide each).
  2. Determine your length and cut accordingly (We cut ours to 6′ long).
  3. Choose your legs (bed posts are GREAT if you can find them at a salvage shop).
  4. Cut to your chosen height (18″ worked for sitting on cushions on the ground).
  5. Sand all cut pieces to smooth and even.
  6. 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).
  7. Measure and mark where you want to position your legs.
  8. Drill holes into the legs & table (about 1/2-3/4″ deep).
  9. 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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  1. 1
    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} March 22, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Claire, this is absolutely stunning and so festive! I love how it has modern touches, but you’re staying true to the authenticity. Well done!

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    {The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller March 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This is MAJORLY inspiring me to host a Morrocan themed party at my place! Absolutely beautiful seating.

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    Kelly March 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

    CLAIRE! Your transformations keep getting better don’t know how you do it, love this one!

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    Emily March 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

    How beautiful, and easy!

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    Mandy Knapp Riggar March 22, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This diy table is gorgeous!! I hosted a Moroccan theme bridal shower for my sister (featured last week on my blog) and it was a big success. This table would have been perfect!

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    Chrissy March 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Those fabrics are amazing! Is that Missoni like print from the Lisette collection at Joann’s?

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    Lindsay{Chic to the Nines} March 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

    That’s awesome Claire! Such a great idea! I love all the colors you used to prop the table too. Lovely!

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    Lauren March 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Incredibly beautiful tablescape! Thank you for sharing.

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    Eleni March 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

    The result looks really professional! And I bed, one can transform practically anything with a good sense of style and some attitude!

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    Naomi March 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Gorgeous and so festive. What a beautiful way to dress up a low table! Colors are fantastic!

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing March 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Stunning, Claire. Wow!


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    Cristina | FUJI FILES March 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

    My friend recently asked me for Moroccan-style floor seating inspiration for her balcony, and we couldn’t find photos anywhere! This is just what we needed.

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    Lindsey March 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

    This looks so fantastic! I love all of the colour and festivity. One of my favourite posts, I’d say!

    Et tu, tutu?

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    Yvette ~ Muy Bueno March 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    STUNNING! The pops of colors are just gorgeous! WOW! Would love to try something similar with a Mexican style. ¡Ajúa!

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    GawgusThings March 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    This is just pure gorgeousness! Love these colours together 🙂

    Emma xx

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    Lee March 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Gosh I love these colours, I lived in the Middle East for 5 years and this brings back memories. I once put together an Indian themed meal for friends and did my table up very similar to yours with some gorgeous blue and pink tumblers.

    I love your website, it is such an inspiration!

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    Kirbi Knop March 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Love it Claire!! Jeremy and I have a very smilier coffee table and matching hutch in our living room….totally should have had you build us one!!! lol

    Beautiful work!


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    Victoria Fisher / March 23, 2012 at 3:29 am

    You genius! This is beautiful and am now on the look out for all the bits to have a go myself!

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    barefoot duchess March 23, 2012 at 4:49 am

    lovely indian festival colors!! love it =)

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    Rachel March 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Love the final photo! Such an adorable set up. Love it!

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    Rowaida Flayhan March 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Amazing and gorgeous table love love the colors.

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    cristin @ simplified bee March 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Love this! Beautiful colors, pattern and texture.

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    Claire Zinnecker March 25, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Thank you everyone! I loved getting to be a part of creating this amazing scene styled by the talented, Camille!

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    Milynn March 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I love the color scheme and the table decoration. Great job!

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    Lisa March 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm


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    Gokhan Turker March 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Very nice collection !

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    Erin September 12, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Reminds me of a scene from The Little Princess! Makes me happy with all the bright colors!!