Stacked End Table Shelf {Roadkill Rescue}

I hauled this Roadkill Rescue all the way home from Atlanta!  We spent Christmas in Atlanta this year and my Grandpa and Grandma had more than just a gift for me – they gave me an old rickety table they have had for decades that they were ready to pitch.  Yes, they love me that much that they give me their trash {giggle}! I loved the geometric shape on the side.  Unfortunately, I don’t need any end tables nor nightstands in my home.  But I didn’t want to part with it because I really did like the shape.  So I thought and thought and decided it would make a cool stacked wall shelf in my guest room.

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Here is how it looked when I received it.  I am sure he was a looker in his days.  But it had definitely seen better days with a chipped finish, missing molding and cracks in a few places.

geometric shape end table

Supplies:

end table or nightstand

jigsaw

tape measure

wood glue

clamps

beadboard

brad nailer or small nails and hammer

various grits of sandpaper

paint and primer

painting supplies

1. I decided to cut it in half and add some beadboard onto the back to give it some texture.  I enlisted my friend Mike to help me think through it.  Like a gentlemen, he cut it in half for me with his jigsaw! Everyone needs a Mike!

cutting a table in half

2. I was left with two pieces.  Then we cut some beadboard to fit the back of each of the cut ends of the table to give it a little stability.

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3.  Then I sanded the entire piece down. I also had to wood glue some of the trim back in place and a broken edge.  I certainly had to work hard to make this surface even with all the peeling finish.  I started with 60-grit sandpaper and worked my way down to a 220-grit and then wiped it clean.

4.  Next I spray primed it and then painted it with my new sprayer (product review and giveaway coming soon).

small-bookshelf

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5.  Next I drilled some corner braces (a.k.a “L” brackets) to the bottom of each shelves.

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6. Next I positioned the bottom half of the table in place and screwed the other end of the corner brace into the wall.  Then I stacked the other half of the end table on top of the first one and did the same thing.

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And now I have the perfect mini shelf in my guest room.  I love that I was still able to keep the geometric shape on the sides but create something a little more functional and decorative for my home.  Thank you Paw Paw and Mimi I hope I didn’t disgrace the table too much {giggle} and that you are proud of its new lease on life.  I will think of you every time I glance at it.

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before and after table to shelf

Styling and some decorative pieces coming tomorrow.

Do you love my Roadkill Rescues?  Did you know I have a whole site dedicated to just that?

 





  • Suzanne

    I can honestly say I would have never, ever thought of this! Wow!

  • http://lifeonthevside.blogspot.com Emily @ On the V Side

    So creative! That never would have occurred to me – Great job!

    Emily

  • http://www.onthebanksofsquawcreek.blogspot.com katie@on the banks of squaw creek

    This is so cool, Beckie! I have a very small space for a nighstand, and I’m thinking I should do this, too!

  • http://reneweduponadream.blogspot.com Sarah

    Wow that’s pretty cool! It turned out so nice! Good job

  • http://www.modernjanedesign.blogspot.com modern jane

    Beautiful! I never would have though of that!

  • http://myrepurposedlife.net gail

    great job beckie! you clever girl!
    I can’t wait to find out what you think of the command max compared to your hvlp (compressor) sprayer. I love mine! :)
    gail

  • randi

    that is awesome

  • http://kpmattingly.wordpress.com Kati

    Great idea! I love how it turned out. I wouldn’t have come up with that idea.

  • http://www.flamingotoes.com Beverly {Flamingo Toes}

    This is sooooo great Beckie!! I love the little table and it is such a creative way to remake it!! Now I’ll be on the lookout for a little table to cut up!! :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks Bev, I love how it turned out also. It the perfect little color for that otherwise dead space.

  • Roberta

    That is fabulous! Absolutely unique! I have this regret now letting go of a beautiful table with fancy cutwork on the sides…my firstborn, when he was a toddler pulled on the side and broke off a piece…never would have occured to me to re-create it. Oh well, you just can’t keep them all can you? :) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, I LOVE it!

  • barb mckay

    Love how the white cut work sides mimic your headboard!

  • http://www.weststreetstory.com Jen

    I would have never thought of this! But, now I am going to be on the lookout for a table I can create into a shelf!! You are so awesome, great job!

  • http://www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com the cape on the corner

    that is the neatest thing! what a super idea, i really had to look twice before i realized what it was.

  • http://cowiescraftandcookingcorner.blogspot.com/ C.K.

    LOVE IT !!!

  • http://www.amandacarolathome.com Amanda Eck

    oh my gosh! I love it! how clever. a great idea for bedside tables in a small space as well.

  • http://www.theconfettichronicles.com The Confetti Chronicles

    What a brilliant idea! Such a great table — I’m glad you were able to find a use for it (and such a beautifully creative use, at that!). So cool.

  • http://adaywithlilmama.blogspot.com Mindy

    I love how you thought outside the box (as always!) It kind of reminds me of Ripley’s Believe it or not, in a stylish way ;)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      That made me giggle. THANKS!!

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  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/designsjust4u Jessica

    SO creative. This is so pretty.

    Take a look at the latest pretty thing I made:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/95662185/colourful-scripted-magnets

    Jessica xx

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  • Brynn

    What’s the paint color in your guest room? It looks like a lovely blue-gray.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      It is Stonewall Jackson by Dutch Boy. It is a wonderful color and I have already convinced two other family members to use it in their homes as well.

  • http://vixenmade.blogspot.com Victoria

    So creative!! I might just have to steal this idea! I wanted to let you know I featured this on my blog today, too: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/04/10-creative-diy-projects.html

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  • http://socialteatime.wordpress.com/ Leana Loh

    This would have never occurred to me. I love the concept.

  • http://atasteofmadness.blogspot.com/ ATasteOfMadness

    Wow, what a great idea! I love it! So creative

  • Jesh

    I’m sorry, but I feel like you destroyed a wonderfully unique antique. The concept is wonderful, don’t get me wrong. Just, in my opinion, saving such a piece might have been better. In this age of mass production, furniture with character is harder and harder to find.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Jesh I get what you are saying and if it wasn’t in terrible shape I would have loved to have restored it to its natural state. I love restoring antiques but there comes a time when it becomes impossible to do. But it was a cool piece so I can understand your hesitation on what I did to it.

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  • http://inspiringpretty.com/ Claire

    it’s very cool how it’s stacked against the wall

  • Bev

    How clever! I thought it would be functional and look good in a .5 bathroom over the commode. I will start looking closer for things to convert. Thanx4sharing fullmoonandhightides2u, Bev

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    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Geez!!! Your going to give me a big head {giggle} Thank you! :)

  • Lu Ann

    brilliant!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Lu Ann! Thanks, not what someone would normally think of, huh?

      • Lu Ann

        Not only atypical but so perfect – minimal footprint, open shelving (super handy for guests), and recycling a family hand-me-down. so many points!

        • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

          Lu Ann Thank you for all the NICE comments! You Rock!

  • http://www.dusyl.blogspot.com DuSyl

    Beautiful job! It’s so cleaver the way to figure out to cut it in half. So creative.

    Hands clapping

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I’m dancing! Thanks for the kind comment!

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  • Mark M

    That was a beautiful table. Though your idea is clever it looks like a table cut in half and stacked on top of each other rather than the work of a craftsman. You may have been better served to simply refinish this piece.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Funny you should say that since Better Homes & Gardens was just here this week taking pictures of it for their magazine. To each their own.

  • http://www.yohammada.de/sitemap.html sara

    thats such a great idea… thanks for the inspiration!!! :)

  • SnnyRainbow

    I never would have thought of that! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  • http://bigfatcook.com BigFATcook

    Wow, what a great idea!

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  • Amari Bella

    awesome!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks, Amari!

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  • Savanah Fahrney-Day

    Super cute! I’d love to do that & use it as a stand in the bathroom.

    I would like to feature this on one of my blogs (using a thumbnail photo) and link back to your tutorial!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Sure thing, Savanah. Thanks for sharing. That’s an awesome idea for bathroom storage.

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