Make: Upcycled bedside table

I know I’m not the only person who has pinned stuff on Pinterest and NEVER ACTUALLY DONE ANY OF IT. In fact, I recently created a Yoga board - it’s wonderful and people follow it and repin my fantastic pins. I started it to inspire a bedtime yoga routine…which a few months on I AM YET TO ACTUALLY DO ONE ASANA!  Anyway, I recently did a DIY project, or rather managed one, that was inspired by something I had seen on Pinterest, and I’m terribly proud of it so I thought to brag about share it on my blog.


It started with a wonky and unloved beside table that was destined for the tip…

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I was looking for a storage solution for Gus’s growing collection of cars and trucks (or truckses as he calls them) when I came across this which I had repinned here:




So when my parents came over for a visit I told my dad (who is a bit of a DIY-whizz among many things) about the idea to get his opinion on whether is was worth the effort of converting the bedside table into a multistory car park. His answer was a resounding yes and he immediately starting working on it, obviously starting with some 3D scale model drawings (as you do, right?!).


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I can’t possibly take any credit for the design or the clever way in which he re-used most of the wood from the drawers and back of the bedside table – my only request was ‘must have ramps’. My dad spent HOURS in our garage, sawing, measuring, screwing and gluing to create this amazing thing. It is so sturdy, the ramps are at a perfect angle and the very bottom ramp has a hinge so it can operate like a door – which is such a fun detail. It still needs to be painted but this is how it looks at the moment:

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And more importantly, the finished product was met with massive enthusiasm and gets played with EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. With Gus growing up in a digital era where he accesses the world, it’s important to me that he learns an appreciation for handmade things.


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The next step is to paint it and I saw this pin which has inspired me to draw in parking bays and to number them. Isn’t Pinterest amazing!?



The next project on my DIY list is to make a kitchen stand for Gus – he loves food prep and is very curious about what goes on on the kitchen counter, so I’m keen to get him involved. I saw a bespoke kitchen helper for a cool £100 on Amazon and immediately got onto Pinterest and found this fantastic and much cheaper solution, which is a mashup of two Ikea stepstools – genius!