Space Saving DIY Side Tables

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Oh my goodness!!!  It is July already!!!  Just 24 more Fridays until Christmas….I know, STOP IT!!!  That saying is true, the older you get the faster time passes 🙁

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!  The hubby and I got a lot done around the house this past weekend and we spent some time with our son and his wife and 3 of our grandkiddos (you should have seen their eyes light up when they saw sparklers).

The hubby reclaimed his garage.  He cleaned out the shed and moved all my old windows (that I really need to do something with) out there, so now they are stacked nice and neat out of view.  He burned some furniture (I know!  But they were pieces that we weren’t going to do anything with) on the burn pile and put all of his tools away and found his work bench.  I, in the meantime built a wall for my flower bed in the back yard.  Talk about hard work, whew!!  It took me about 4 hours because this nana is way out of shape!!  I finished it though and I have to say that I am super proud of myself!



Pretty cool, huh?  Well anyway…on to today’s project!

We had (and by that I mean my hubby) these really cool wooden ammo crates in the garage.  I have no idea where they came from, but they were just collecting dust out there so I decided to repurpose them!  Into side tables for our guest room. No, really, side tables…wait ’til you see!

Space Saving DIY Side Tables


You will need the following materials if you want to do this project for yourself

  • 2 wooden ammo crates, I looked and they are listed for sale on Ebay for $30-$70
  • 8   3/4 inch cup hooks, they will hold up to 10lbs
  • 4 pieces of chain, I purchased this at the hardware store and they cut it to the length I wanted
  • level
  • drill and drill bit
  • 4 black 2 inch drywall screws
  • jack stand, trust me, it makes this easier
  • tape measure
  • marking pencil

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I started with two ammo boxes that were two totally different colors, so I stained one hoping that they would match.  They don’t match exactly, but I like the difference in the finishes.  I used Minwax stain in dark walnut and once that was dry I put 2 coats of lacquer to give it shine and bring out the grain of the wood.


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Then this project sat, waiting for my hubby to put them up in the guest room….for a few weeks, lol!  Our guest room is small, about 10×12, and it has a queen size bed in it.  Space is at a premium in there and traditional side tables would have taken up even more floor space.  By installing side tables on the wall it frees up floor space and makes the room seem bigger than it really is.  Here is where the jack stand comes in…I told you to trust me!  It makes this a one man installation!

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Genius!!!  My hubby is just that kind of guy!  He found the studs by tapping the wall, I recommend using a stud finder.  This is a heavy crate, you don’t want it to fall off the wall so he attached it using 2 inch drywall screws pre drilling the holes through the crate and the wall.  Then I put in the cup hooks and chains to make the lid level.

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And there you have it.  DIY side tables using wooden ammo crates.  I love that there are rope handles on each end and the latch hardware is still on them.  They can be closed and latched to get them out of the way and if I ever rearrange the room the crate that ends up not next to the bed can be used as a desk.  Win, win!

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See all the room still open under the table?

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This room has undergone a renovation with the new room addition, we moved the window and repainted.  Little by little it is coming together.

After this project my hubby said he was going to teach me how to use the power tools because my projects are killing him, lol!  Look out world because I will be unstoppable using power tools!!

Side tables on the wall, yay or nay?

I am linking up with some fabulous link parties this week!!


’til next time


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  • Reply
    Kourtney Ragland
    July 6, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    That is such a creative idea! How did you come up with that idea?

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      July 6, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Courtney!! The original plan was to get hairpin legs for them, but then I saw a mounted table on one of the shows on HGTV and the lightbulb went off.

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    July 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Susanne, that’s a definite win!! Your tables are awesome and I love how they can be put up out of the way or brought down to use!! Great job as always!!

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      July 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Melony!!

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    July 7, 2016 at 11:29 am

    This is such a cool idea and you did an amazing tutorial. I like the ammo boxes unfinished too. Who would have ever thought you could dress up something like that and make it look pretty? You sure did. We have explosives boxes here at our house that I’m always trying to do something with…..

    Thank you for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You make our day by participating. 🙂

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    Pamela List
    July 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

    In a million years I would never have thought of using an ammo crate for a side table. I love it.

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      July 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Pam!!

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    July 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    This is such a great project. I am redoing a small guestroom and have been painfully trying to find a small sidetable that I could attach to the wall. Love this idea.

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      July 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      They have them in all sizes on eBay 😉

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    July 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    totally cool and love the look of these tables! thanks for the tute!

    • Reply
      July 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks Millie!!

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    July 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Great idea for a small space! Super unique too. While I love them, I really love the before pics! I am the one who keeps everything as it is. I have yet to paint a piece. So I applaud those brave enough and you truly gave them new life!

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      July 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Debbie!! I thought about painting them, but the hubby would have had a stroke lol! so I just stained the lighter one so that it match better 😉

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    July 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Wow Susanne, I really love the rustic look of these ammo crates. They are big and very sturdy looking. The color just adds to the beauty of the crates. And your idea was brilliant. Why waste space on the floor when you can do that? I too have a thing about power tools, I’ve got to get the hubs to show me how to use them so I can get some work done around here. lol

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      July 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Mary! Aren’t they just the coolest things ever?!! And yes, they should show us how to use them, if not I am going to get on youtube, lol!

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    Sam@Raggedy Bits
    July 11, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Such a great idea!! So unique and great for storage as well! Ohhh and I LOVE your garden as well! You are one clever creative lady! Thank you so much for sharing over at Waste Not Wednesday and look forward to seeing what you have been up to this week ! 🙂

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      July 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks Sam!!! The brick wall was definitely the harder of the two 😉

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    Toni | Small Home Soul
    July 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I love this project, so unique and they work perfectly. Thanks for linking them to Waste Not Wednesday link party!

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      Toni | Small Home Soul
      July 12, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Oh, and I forgot to let you know that your project is my feature this week 😀

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        July 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        Yay!! How exciting 🙂 Thank you!!!

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    July 13, 2016 at 7:35 am

    OMG…this is such a clever idea and they look awesome. I think I might have an ammo crate buried in our garage and I just might have to dig it out now. Thanks for the inspiration and linking up with Waste Not Wednesday.

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      July 13, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks Denise!! Let me know how it turns out!! 🙂

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    July 14, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Awesome project! pinned to share.

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      July 14, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Thank you Laurie!!! It was a fun project 🙂

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    Carole @ Garden Up Green
    October 27, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I love this project such a great idea to have handy right next to the bed. Brilliant and a great idea for the future tiny home!

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      October 27, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you Carole!! They would be great in a tiny home, they even still have the latches on them and can be closed up out of the way 🙂

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    October 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    What an excellent idea. I like how you took a unique piece and made it into a table that is practical and stylish.

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      October 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks Debra!! It was fun project..not real sure if my hubby thought so 😉

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