DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans – $50 Build

DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans – $50 Build

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Build this Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table for about $50, in a weekend. Win!

So excited to finally be sharing my Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table with you guys today. I designed this table for my big Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover. But, I was so neck deep in DIY furniture and projects in there, that I haven’t had a chance to share this.

I love pedestal tables. But the design can get pretty complicated. I wanted this table to have a beautiful design, but still be quick and easy enough to build with just a Miter Saw. The best part is the material costs. You can build 2 of these for less than $100. I hope you love it as much as I do!

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Another shot of my new tables in the Living Room I just finished updating. You can see all of the details about this Living Room, including the DIY Projects in it, here.

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Round Top Side Table – Materials Needed

Exact measurements needed are on the printable plans. Be sure to double-check everything, as you build. It’s always possible that I could have mis-typed something. Bloggers don’t have editors. 😉

  • 1 – 18″ Unfinished Pine Round – I bought mine at Lowe’s
  • About 20′ of 1×3 Select Pine (or similar)
  • About 2′ Pine Cove Moulding
  • About 2′ – 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Moulding
  • About 2 1/2′ of 2×2 Select Pine (or similar)

Round Top Side Table – Tools Needed

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
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DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans – Build Steps

Bonus: Free Printable Plans for the Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table are available for download at the end of the tutorial. 🙂

Step One

We’ll start with the cross pieces for the base and table top. Cut the long 1×3’s. Glue and Nail 2 sets of 2 of them together. Make sure to line them up as perfectly as possible. It’ll be less sanding for you later.

2 or 3 nails along the top should be enough to hold the pieces tightly together while the glue dries. BUT, keep the nails 2″ away from each end so that they are kept away from the angle we’ll cut next.

Step Two

Turn the 2 new pieces on their side to make 45-degree Miter cuts on each end. When you make your cuts, face the nail holes towards you. That’ll put them on the unseen side of the DIY Pedestal Accent Table. 🙂

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Cutting my 16″ long X bottoms. Ignore the clamp, you won’t need it.
Step Three

Now, cut 8 1×3’s for the feet. Glue and Nail 4 sets of 2 of them together. Make sure to line them up as perfectly as possible. 2 nails along the top should be enough to hold the pieces tightly together while the glue dries. BUT, keep the nails 2″ away from one end so that they are kept away from the angle we’ll cut next.

Step Four

Shave a 90-degree cut off one end of each of the 4 blocks, to make sure it is a perfectly flush end. Then, turn it on it’s side, and cut a 45-degree angle on the other end of each block.

Step Five

Put a pocket hole in the bottom of each of the 4 blocks. Use that to glue and screw the short blocks to the middle of the long blocks, to form 2 X’s. To help you line things up evenly, mark the center of the long block on each side. Then mark the center of the short blocks, in front of the pocket holes.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Marking the center of the boards is an easy way to line pieces up.
Step Six

Now, we need to add the top level to the X’s. Cut the 1×3’s. Glue and nail them across the top of each X. Make sure it is centered on the X. I like to glue this top piece in the opposite direction of the original whole pieces.

Step Seven

Cut 4 more 1×3’s. Glue and nail them to complete the top of each X for your DIY Pedestal Accent Table.

Step Eight

We’ll add the Cove Molding to each X, next. Cut 8 – 2 1/2″ long pieces of Cove Molding. Glue and Nail them on to the 4 ends of the top of the X.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Here’s one of the detail shots from my printable plans. You can see the cove and feet in this drawing. The Cove doesn’t have the rounded dip in the front like real cove. But it’s much faster to draw it this way. You get the idea. 🙂
Step Nine

We can attach feet to one of the X’s now. Cut 4 – 1×3’s with 1 90-degree end and 1 45-degree end. Glue and nail them to the bottom of one of the X’s, with 1/2″ hanging off the outside edge.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Attaching feet to the bottom of one of the X’s. Make sure that 1/2″ sticks out from the end and that the angle on the 45 is facing the right way.
Step Ten

Cut 3 – 1×3’s for the post, then glue and nail them together. Put 4 pocket holes on this post with your Kreg Jig, 2 on each end (on opposite sides). Glue and screw the post into the center of each X base. The post is 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″, so it will line up perfectly with the 1×3 base on 2 sides, but will need to be centered on the other 2 sides.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Glue and brad nail the 3 long post pieces together.
I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Center the post on the top and bottom X’s. Then attach with glue and screws.
Step Eleven

Cut 4 – 2×2’s. Then cut a 45-degree chunk out of the end of each one, BUT leave 1/2″ at a 90-degree (see photo below). Glue and nail these to the center of each side of the bottom of the post of the DIY Pedestal Accent Table.

Step Twelve

Cut 4 – 2 1/2″ long – 1/2″ x 3/4″ dowels and 4 – 3 1/4″ long – 1/2″ x 3/4″ dowels. Glue and nail 2 of each on top of those 2×2’s. You want the 3/4” side of the dowels attached to the post. The 3 1/4″ long pieces should be on the 2 1/4″ long post sides. Glue and nail the other 4 pieces 3 1/2″ above the first row.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
I love this little Micro Zip for little spaces and detail work.
Step Thirteen

Sand everything smooth, then fill in pocket holes, nail holes, cracks and gaps with wood filler. Let that dry, then sand everything smooth again. I used a medium grit first, then finished with a fine grit. I also like to knock down all sharp edges with a light sanding too. I think it gives furniture a nicer, more finished look. And by every sharp edge, I mean every edge, top, bottom, sides, feet, angles…all of them.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
Filling in all the cracks, dings, nails, and screw holes with wood filler.
Step Fourteen

Since I wanted a painted base with a stained top. I finished the base and top completely before attaching them. So, you can stop here and apply whatever stain and/or paint you’d like before moving on. You can see the details about my finishing steps below.

I’ve also shared a link to a video showing you how I distressed and stained the top on my DIY Pedestal Accent Table.

Step Fifteen

When you’re ready to attach the top, just glue it on, make sure it’s centered. Use a nice layer of glue to get a strong bond. Then nail it in, through the top, in a 5 or 6 spots to get a tight bond. Angling the nails a little seems to get the tightest grip. Fill those holes with a matching wood putty and they’ll completely disappear.

Build Note: If this was a heavier table, I wouldn’t want to just rely on glue and nails for a top. But this DIY Pedestal Accent Table is pretty light and you’ve got a huge surface area covered in glue holding it together. So you can pick it up with the top and not worry about breaking the bond between the top and the base.

Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans – Finishing Steps

You can stain, paint, or just poly this DIY Pedestal Accent Table to match your style. But, here’s how I finished mine.

I painted the base in a creamy, off white color called One Horn White. It’s part of JoAnna Gaines paint line with Kilz. You can get this shade at Target. I used Eggshell. I’ve used this paint line on a lot of walls and furniture lately, like this DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand. It dries fast and cures fast, like a chalk paint. And looks so pretty.

I always have to mix other latex paint into a chalk paint before using it on furniture, but not with this Magnolia Homes line with Kilz. I can paint it directly on furniture and still sand it and work with it like Chalk Paint.

Anyway, I painted the whole table white. Once dry, I sanded all of the edges lightly, back to wood. Then grabbed a cheap chip brush and lightly dry brushed on a color a few shades darker (Behr’s Sandstone Cove mixed into a Chalk Paint).

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
These chip brushes are great for dry brushing fine lines.

Dry brushing is just using the tiniest amount of paint, just on the tips of the brush. Then lightly swiping it across the surface to slowly put on the right amount of paint.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
This little guy came inside to check the new table out. He clearly approves of this DIY Pedestal Accent Table. 😉

I followed that up with a very light dry brushing with the first color, to get a more layered, even look with the paint. Then I lightly sanded those edges again, with my little Gator Micro Zip hand sander. Clean away all the dust and apply 2 coats of a water-based poly. I used Varathane’s Polyurethane Clear Matte.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
I used a hammer and small screwdriver to distress my Pine Round Top. You could have fun with this and use a bunch of tools around your garage to add different textures and marks. To be safe, I’d test the marks with stain on scrap Pine.
I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
A better look at the Round Top after finishing.

For the top, I made a short video on how I quickly added some character and distressing to the 18″ Round Top, I bought at Lowe’s. I finished it off with 2 coats of Watco Medium Walnut Danish Oil. And 4 coats of the Varathane. I like a lot of protective finish on table tops. 🙂

That’s it! You’re done. Enjoy you’re new DIY Pedestal Accent Table. 🙂 Be sure to follow Abbotts At Home on Instagram to see build tips and sneak peeks of new builds and room remodels.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking
I recently shared the DIY tips and tricks to reupholstering a wing chair and tutorial to build that DIY ottoman in previous posts.

Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table PlansHello, DIY friends! You can download the DIY Pedestal Accent Table plans here. These plans are currently free to email subscribers and for personal use only. They cannot be shared or sold without my permission. Please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy your build! 🙂


Looking for more DIY Furniture? Check out my DIY Modern Farmhouse Console Table.

A colorful Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover, I love! It's fun, beautiful, and stylish. Full of living room decor and design ideas JoAnna Gaines would approve. :) #AbbottsAtHome #ModernFarmhouse #TraditionalHome #LivingRoom #Farmhouse

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