If you’ve got a little DIY spirit in you, you’re decorating on a budget, or you’re just plain cheap (some of all three apply to me), odds are you don’t buy much without considering whether you could make the item yourself. That’s where I am right now with the metallic accent tables I’m coveting for the dream couch. By the way, the dream couch is with Bob the upholsterer right now, and Justin (who drove two hours round trip to drop it off–bless him) reports that Bob owns a number of dachshunds, which seems like a good sign to me. I’m now filled with even greater confidence that the couch will exceed my already dangerously high expectations.
As far as the tables go, there are a number of really good, affordable options out there, like these 8, all under $200. Items 1-4 are even under $100!
1. Eden Table – $70 at World Market 2. Threshold Metal Accent Table with Wood Top – $60 at Target
3. Metal Accordion Side Table – $79 at Urban Outfitters 4. Hexagon Side Table – $89 at Urban Outfitters
5. Martini Side Table in Antique Brass – $149 at West Elm 6. INSPIRE Q Cyril Table – $190 at Overstock.com
7. Safavieh Riona Accent Table in Black/Gold – $144 at Target 8. Safavieh Galium End Table – $125 at AllModern
On the other hand, though, there are also lots of cool DIYs for making your own metal tables. My favorites are those that use copper pipes and fittings for the base, like these two featured on Style by Emily Henderson (left) and Brit + Co (right).
Heck, you can even literally turn your trash(can) into table treasure, though fancy trashcans big enough to be tables are surprisingly hard to find (gah! do trash can manufacturers not THINK about these things??). I think this one is technically a laundry basket, but it’s the same thing.
And then, because two options isn’t already enough to ensure I’ll never come to a decision, there is the ever-present but often elusive possibility that a Craigslist or flea market miracle could deliver me exactly the perfect thing at any time (or never). So I’m left with a questions: Am I patient enough to wait for the perfect thing? Probably no–I have zero patience ever. Am I decisive enough to make a choice from the other available options? So far, also no. At the moment my first choice is the West Elm table, though with my second choice–the World Market table–coming in at half the price, practicality could win out. I haven’t given up on the idea of a DIY yet, though. I love the idea of the copper pipe legs and have another project in mind that could be perfect for them.
Having reached the end of this post without coming to any conclusion, I’m going to stick a “To be continued…” on this one, but I’ll be sure to share if I build, buy, OR thrift anything great. 🙂
Do you ever think about making your own furniture/decor/clothes/whatever it is you want, or do you grab your plastic and shop away?