make this: wire basket side table

Making a side table without power tools sounds kinda crazy, right? This project takes zero power tools, less than 30 minutes of hands on work and is super simple. And bonus – it’s a piece that we still use every single day. Want to make your own side table? It only take a few supplies (and I bet you already have some of them on hand!)

wire basket side table

How to make a wire basket side table

Wire basket side table

I picked up this basket at a yard sale for $3 – I’m not sure if it was supposed to be a trash can or a laundry hamper… but in my hands it became a side table.

wire basket side table

First I gave the basket a couple of coats of Krylon® COLORMAXX in Sea Glass. While it was drying I started on the top.

wire basket side table

Using an 18 inch round wood panel, I stained it with Minwax® Express Color in Walnut – I love this stuff because it’s easy to clean up if you make a mess. After it dried a few hours, I sealed it with Minwax® Polyacrylic clear coat.

wire basket side table

After both the top and the basket were dry, I used cable staples to attach the basket to the top.

wire basket side table

With just a few taps, we put one on each of the cross pieces to make it nice and secure. Flip it over and you have a side table!

wire basket side table

We use this table on our front porch, so I know its a great idea for outdoor use (as long as the top is sealed properly). It would also be great for a night stand or end table, too!

So then next time you come across a wire basket at a yard sale, don’t pass it by – turn it into this easy DIY side table.



About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Great idea! I just picked up two very similar baskets.

  2. I am absolutely in LOVE with this d-i-y tutorial, Gina you did an outstanding job! The basket for the table has such an amazing design I wish I could find this same one. (: But I cannot wait to recreate my own soon, thanks for such a great post. I’ll be looking forward to you future tutorials!

  3. Love this idea! I have been looking for something like this and found one for $150! Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to making this!


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