Morning, everyone! Claire here, with a great little project to add interest and storage to any space. Remember two weeks ago when I asked for your opinion on which side table you liked the best? You all had so many wonderful suggestions, but in the end, the votes leaned in favor of design #1.  I’m so excited to share the final product today, with a few personal touches added in! Want to make your own? We’ve got the instructions after the jump.

  • plastic box/container (I wanted storage in my side table, so I used an Itso Cube from Target as the form)
  • branches (cotton wood gives the blonde wood effect)
  • spray paint
  • cork sheets
  • chop saw
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • hot glue gun
  • table legs (vintage ones are inexpensive and easy to find on Etsy)
  1. First things first, find your branches! I went scavenging and found a cotton wood that had fallen in a neighbor’s yard.
  2. Spray paint the Itso Cube a color of your choice.
  3. Drill in the table legs to the bottom of your box.
  4. Hot glue cork to the sides and top of the box to make an even surface (I spray painted my cork gold for added interest).
  5. Use the chop saw to cut the branches into 3/4″ thick pieces.
  6. Lay out the varied cut pieces into the pattern of your choice.
  7. Hot glue all the pieces onto the cork on the two sides.
  8. Set down, fill up, and enjoy!

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Comments (25)
  1. 1
    Kate February 9, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I love it!

    • clairezinnecker February 9, 2012 at 8:11 am


  2. 2
    Lisa R. February 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Okay, you’ve done it again! This table is darling!

  3. 3
    Ana February 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Beautiful! Great work, Claire!

  4. 4
    Kelly Bowman February 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Claire, you’re incredible! This would work with so many decor styles, love it!

  5. 5
    Clara February 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    This is amazing and so doable! Thanks so much for putting this together, Claire!

  6. 6
    Michelle Sereno February 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    In awe of your crafty brilliance Claire!

  7. 7
    Sarah Morgan // Hemenway Street February 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

    This is amazing! It surprisingly easy to transform a plain piece of furniture into an eye-catching conversation piece. Great work!

  8. 8
    Emily February 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

    you are so amazingly talented 🙂

  9. 9
    WykehamGirl February 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Very imaginative and creative project! Well done, Claire!!!

  10. 10
    Plain & Fancy Living February 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I knew that Claire would make this project unique and cool. I didn’t even imagine this design, I love how you included the function of the shelves. I just love Claire!!

    Amy R. {plain & fancy living}

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    Mariah Danielsen February 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’m in love with this!

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    Erin April 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I love this! Why did you cover all the sides with cork? I understand the top, but not the sides. Would the hot glue not hold the wood pieces onto the table?

    • Claire Zinnecker April 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Erin! The plastic box I used had sides which were inset slightly. I glued down the cork to raise the wood slices up so that you could see the pieces better. If you are using a container with flat sides you don’t necessarily need the cork. Hope this helps! -Claire

  13. 13
    Lynn Smith November 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Wow. This is a design idea from an old Candice Olsen (Canadian designer) episode that appeared years ago on HGTV. She did the wall above a fireplace mantel. Still very stylish.