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Craft Tables DIY | Taking the Leap and Learning As I Go

I have always had WAY to much crafting supplies (or at least that is what I am told by my husband) so when we moved I resolved to get some of it organized. My craft room will be in what is now our unfinished basement so most of my organization thus far has been in the way of building two long craft tables for me to hold some of my crafting items on. I didn't want to spend a lot of time or money on them so I went with a really simple design and used a things around the house to finish it off.

I am pretty happy with how they turned out and know they will get a lot of good use over the years with my daughter and I doing crafts together. My supplies listed below are to make one table. I always have Home Depot cut my long pieces and will use my miter box/saw on the smaller pieces. I just got a new compound miter saw for Christmas so excited to use it on a project soon!!!!


  • Two - 2x4x8 cut to 92.5" in length
  • Two - 2x4x12 - cut into 13" strips (you need 9 total)
  • One - 5/8x48x96 Industrial Particleboard (or your choice of wood for the top) cut to 20' wide
  • Decorative trim for your table top (one piece will need to be slightly longer than 8' to finish the front)
  • miter box and saw (or compound miter saw if you have one)
  • Finishing nails
  • Sinker nails
  • Sanding block or sander
  • Steel wool (optional)
  • Apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • Annie Sloan chalkboard paint in your color of choice (optional)
  • Annie Sloan Soft Wax Clear (optional)
  • Annie Sloan Soft Wax Dark (optional)
  • bristle brush (optional)
  • paint brush (optional)
  • blue shop towels (optional)
  • stain of choice


Step 1: Start by cutting all of your pieces to length. I find it easiest to have Home Depot or your hardware store cut my pieces before I go home to make my work go quickly and I always have nice clean lines. 

Step 2: Check all of your pieces and sand down any rough edges.

Step 3: Before assembling the base, I tried a staining technique using steel wool and apple cider vinegar to create a vintage look to the wood body. Pour a couple of cups of apple cider vinegar into a bowl and dip your steel wool into the bowl. Rub onto your pieces of wood and allow it to cure and dry. It is amazing what this will do. I did find that the wood I purchased at Home Depot worked much better than what I picked up at Lowes. The white, nicer the wood, the less apt it was to take the treatment. 

Steel Wool + Apple Cider Vinegar Stain

Steel Wool + Apple Cider Vinegar Stain

Step 4: While I was waiting on the bottom boards to dry, I painted a couple of thin coats of Annie Sloan chalkboard paint onto my table top using a paint brush and allowed them to dry. Once it was dry, I applied the clear wax in a circular motion using the bristle brush and wiping well as I was going with the shop towels. You want to use shop towels. Two coats of clear and then you are ready to apply a coat of the dark was and wipe well with shop towels.

Step 5: Next, I stained my trim to closely match the color of my table top and applied the trim pieces to the sides and front of the top by mitering the corners and nailing them in using finishing nails. I didn't put a piece of trim on the back since the will butt up to my walls. I also left the top freestanding until I finish out my basement...I may or may not permanently attach them to the base later on.

Step 6: Now you can begin to assemble the base of your table. Create a frame by nailing together two of the 13" pieces to the inside of the 92.5" pieces. Place five more slats inside your box and nail them to the frame (see photo below).

Base Frame - 7 slats attached

Step 7: Attach each of the legs to the inside of the end slats using sinker nails. Nail to the slat as well as the outside frame for strength.

Attach legs inside frame

Legs without extra support

Step 8: Attach one slat between the two alternating legs a 3-6" up from the ground to provide extra support to the legs.

Step 9: Lay the top on the base and secure with finishing nails or leave separate to easily move the piece around as needed.

Finished table

Finished table in future craft area

These were really simple and quick to assemble. I didn't use expensive materials unless I already had them on hand (Annie Sloan products) since these will get banged up over the years.

They are super sturdy and are long enough to put lots of stuff on...lord knows I have enough stuff!!!