DIY Retro Side Table


Let’s be real. I am the uncrowned queen of losing the remote. I swear the bed eats it every night and it’s totally not my fault. At this point, it’s getting a bit ridiculous and my other half is ready to tape it to my hand. I need my hands though, so instead of tape, I came up with a better idea; I decided to take some cash out of my yoga teaching fund and create a cute retro-styled side table to house my important gadgets.  Plus side, mid century modern and retro furniture are coming back into style. So, I get to join the cool kids club and binge-watch Netflix at the same time.

A lot of people ask me for easy beginner furniture projects, and I have to admit that this retro build is a GREAT starter project. If you just have some basic tools and a Kreg Jig, this project will be a cake-walk! Just a few little pointers to get it to look like mine…

I decided I didn’t want the piece to look brand new (because real retro pieces have age and are charming as fluff). So, I used a semi-aggressive grit (right around 150) when sanding and played around with the direction I was sanding in. I felt like it added a fun element to the piece and made it look like I stole it from my parents’ first pad. I also decided to go with a satin finish, which helped to pull some of the imperfections out of the wood.


While the plans are currently on Build Something, I couldn’t include a complete, comprehensive list of the hardware used for the project listed there. So, for those of you wondering, here are some of the essentials that are easily found online:

(4) 16″ Tapered Legs
(4) Angled Top Leg Mounting Plates
(1) Set of 6″ Drawer Slides
(1) Modern Brushed Nickel Drawer Pull

If you came here first, you can click on the image below for the full woodworking plans (and then come back here for that important list later).


As always, if you have any questions when building my projects, please do not hesitate to contact me! I love hearing from you. Also, be sure to tag your DIY Huntress projects to #diyhunted or #diyhuntress on social media!


PS. Want to save this for later? Make sure to Pin It!

I hope you all love this build as much as I did! Until next time…

*This project is sponsored by Kreg & BuildSomething.com. All plans, ideas, helpful hints, and mid-century modern madness are my own.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Allison

    Damn, is this the finish you weren’t happy about on Insta? (So I stalk you, who cares?) Because it looks soooo good! I know how crappy it feels when something isn’t turning out how you envisioned it but this side table is seriously the bomb.com and I think the stain is perfect for the mid-century vibe!

    • Sam Raimondi

      Yes! It was! Ahahah. I ended up being pretty happy with it after all that! I always get a bit crazy when I’m going through the process… Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by to share some love!

  • Allison

    Hi, it looks like the Amazon links aren’t formatted correctly.

  • Jen

    Hey Sam, the links for the drawer slides and pull aren’t working again. Thanks for the great plans!

    • Sam Raimondi

      Oh no! Thanks for letting me know… I don’t know why this keeps happening! I’ll fix it now!

  • Austin Zentz

    Hey Sam,
    Links for the legs, mounting plates and drawer slides aren’t working. cool project!

    • Sam

      Thanks for the heads up! Fixing now!

      • Austin Zentz

        Thanks Sam! I have my whole project built other than then purchase items. Great easy to follow plans thank you!

        • Sam

          Should be fixed now! I hope you’ll share when you are finished! So happy the plans were easy to follow!

  • Megan

    Hi! Wanted to let you know I made these and I love them! I used shorter legs since I like a lower table and it’s perfect 🙂

    • Sam

      This makes me so happy! If you’re on social media, please tag it to #diyhuntress so I can see!

  • Michele

    Thank you for the plans – this is just what I was looking for! QQ – Can you use a 90 degree attachment instead of a compact drill?

  • Michelle

    Hi, I love the side table. But I see that the pattern is in the imperial system, as we use the metric system. I unfortunately don’t know how to measure in the imperial system. I just want to know if you do any plans in the metric system.
    Thank you, Michelle

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.