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DIY Cute Mini Side Tables

Hello everyone! I am thrilled that you have decided to join me today. We will be making adorable mini side tables. My two daughters have been asking for mini side tables for their rooms. My oldest daughter wanted one to place her favorite book and reading lamp near her bed. This is a hands-on project, so get ready to start creating our mini side tables together.

Video tutorial

Materials needed for the project

Two precut wood circles 

$8.58 each at Lowes


You can use any color. You can go with stain or paint. I was using Valspar white paint and a few fun colors.

Two packs of Poplar Dowels 3/4'' x 12''

$3.30 -Each pack comes with 4 dowels or you can buy the 8 pack. They did not have the 8-pack in when I was shopping.


I used a total of eight screws


I used E6000 glue for this project


You will need this for drilling pilot holes into your dowels and drilling through the table

Paintbrush, sponge brush, or roller

Painters tape

Creating your table

To start off, paint the precut wood circles. I suggest painting the table tops white, including the tops and around the edges. It's best to apply three coats of paint and make sure to let the tabletops dry completely.

While you wait for your precut wood circles to dry, you can start painting the dowels. If you choose to paint them in two different colors, it's recommended to use painter's tape to separate the areas. For instance, I painted one set of dowels with white and blue, and the other set with white and purple. Similar to the tabletop, you will need to apply 2-3 coats of paint to the dowels.

Once you have finished painting your dowels set your dowels aside, and allow them to dry.

Once your dowels are dry you can start working on attaching  them to the tabletop

Steps on attaching your dowels to your tabletop

To begin, mark the pre-cut circular table top with the locations where you want to attach the legs. You can use a speed square to make these marks. After that, drill pilot holes in each dowel and through the tabletop. This step is important to prevent any cracks or splitting.

Now, drill a hole on the top surface of the tabletop, which should be slightly larger than the screw's head, about 1/16 inch deep. This will help in making the screw heads sit flush with the tabletop.

Insert the screws through the tabletop, making sure they poke out from the bottom slightly. Apply glue to the tops of the legs and then screw them in the rest of the way through the tabletop and the dowel.

Once you have attached the legs to the tabletop, take some paint and cover the screws. If you don't want the screws to show, you can use some wood putty and gently sand the putty once it has dried. If you end up applying wood putty, be sure to paint over it once you have sanded it smooth. This should help minimize the screw's appearance.

Final touches

In my video, I mentioned that I had plans to use stencils for the table tops. However, I later decided against it. My 10-year-old daughter wanted a blend of white and blue on her table so that it could resemble the sky, while my 7-year-old wanted white tabletops with purple polka dots. To create the dots, I used a round sponge brush. After touching up the legs, I was done with the project. My daughters were thrilled to have these mini tables in their respective rooms. 

This table is perfect for any space. I hope that you have enjoyed this mini side table DIY project. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me! I love hearing from all of you. 

I'll see you soon!



  1. Thanks for sharing with us I'll be featuring you this week when the next to Grandma's house we go link party starts!


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