simple art table with storage!

Submitted by amandapdx on Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:36

We created an art space for our boys to use (ages 3 and 5) but the table (2 IKEA Lack tables put together) was too low and small to do the job. I spotted this design and thought it looked like a straightforward build. It was! I don't have a Kreg Jig so still had to do everything the hard way, but it turned out okay. My plan with this one was I wanted to have it sturdy, but didn't want to paint it, and didn't want to worry too much about how great it is.

I used a cedar pre-cut plywood for the table top and had the lumber place cut everything for me. Unfortunately, their cuts were a bit uneven so I had to do some weird stuff to make everything go together. Since I opted for cheap pine for all the other pieces, the raw wood doesn't look as good as it could, but it will do the job. The nice thing about keeping it unfinished: whenever markers or crayons get on it, I can just sand it out! This is a great size for creating art. I'm just bummed my IKEA paper holder doesn't fit under the shelf. If I had thought about it in advance I would have made the bookshelf taller to accommodate.

Thanks Ana for helping me easily and affordably create a wonderful art table!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Probably $40.
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
cedar tabletop and pine everything else
Finish Used
None!
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner