Mission Reorganization: a Project Table…at long last

 So excited to finally have this project done and moved into its permanent home!  Two and a half years ago, very pregnant with Addison, I came waddling home from my girlfriend’s house to report that her husband was building her a nice craft table, which he was going to cover with a sheet of stainless steel.  Graham’s ears perked up, as I knew they would.  We had some discussion about the “project table” that had been on our “want desperately, but can’t buy”  list for a while.  Graham was inspired.  He went to Home Depot and bought wood and parts and…stuff.  I could see the stainless steel sparkling in his eyes.  He began cutting and routing, gluing and building.  I gave birth to Addie and Graham injured his back.  Carpentry progress halted indefinitely.  Pieces of the project table were moved here and there in the garage.  Every now and then, we’d talk about pulling it out … but then I flooded the house.  remember that?  The flood ruined the hardwood, which had to be replaced, which meant complete upheaval to clear out the disorganized office/craft room.  Over the summer, we have slowly put the house back together.  And carpentry work on the project table resumed for a final stretch.  At long last, the project table has been moved into the office.

 The table was modeled after Pottery Barn’s Bedford project table.  It has 9 large cubbies on each side; the cubbies house many craft supplies including baskets for thread, patterns, stamps, scrapbooking supplies, and fabric. The tabletop is extra large for spreading my stuff WAY out or sharing workspace!  I don’t think we’ll be adding any stainless steel.  It wasn’t a ploy; we just changed our minds after a year or two.  Also, I have plans to spruce up those boring walls; here’s to hoping it doesn’t take two more years!

 Even though this was a project that needed to rest mid-way through, I’m so glad that we did it!  Thanks, honey!  I’ll try to confine my craft messes to the top of this awesome table!

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  1. Congrats! It looks great. So smart having shelves as the legs.

  2. oh you are a lucky girl! That is a beautiful table and the chair is very cool too. I can picture myself hanging out with you in your craft room chatting away as you create all your pretties.

  3. Love the stool!!!

  4. You must be so happy to have this wonderful table, and such a wonderful husband to work so hard on it!

  5. What a great table… I need one of these to cut my fabric on!

  6. OMG!! I am in serious table envy now!!! I think I need to kick Steve out of the workshop and convert it to my workroom with one of those in the middle. But..you know….what would make that table look better..an embroidery machine on it!!!!

  7. Love it!

  8. it looks great! I am planning something like this for my craft room at the new house! I love the decorative touches you added!!

  9. OMG so beautiful, I love the little flourishes on the corners! So beautiful! Worth the wait! : )


  10. Gorgeous piece! Yay for hubby!

  11. Etcetorize says:

    Ooooh, what a great table. I’d love to craft on something like that~

  12. Kristie-Creating Chaos says:

    I’m kind of jealous. That table is to die for. What a sweet hubby you have.

  13. http://www.jealous.com

    (You are a lucky/crafty lady!)

  14. What an amazing table and I just
    love your work space!! :o)

    hugs. Trish

  15. Holly Lefevre says:

    I have had my eye on a table like that for awhile…Yours is beautiful! Maybe I will get moving n mine now! I am follower 1000 – congrats!
    504 Main

  16. Gorgeous! I love this style craft table & have drooled over it myself for awhile. Love the corner detail (and how neat & organized your space is!).

  17. I knocked off the exact same table! Our table tops are different though. Yours looks great!

  18. Jane of All Trades says:

    Great Table! I have been tossing ideas around for a new table and this gives me another one to add to the list. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I’m a little green! That is absolutely fantastic! Great job!! Found you via My Repurposed Life. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-goodwill-finds.html

  20. So cute! Great inspiration :)

  21. I made something similar for my son’s room. I used bookcases instead of cubbies. Hope you can stop by my blog and see.


  22. Courtney {a thoughtful place} says:

    I absolutely love this. I have always wanted to tackle this but alas . . nothing. You did a beautiful job. And I love the jars on top with the pinwheels. Makes me want to pop over and start working on a project.

  23. Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight says:

    This is beautiful! I love the storage on the sides!! Great job! I would love it if you would link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-4.html

    xoxo, Ashley J

  24. Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight says:

    This is beautiful! I love the storage on the sides!! Great job! I would love it if you would link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-4.html

    xoxo, Ashley J

  25. Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight says:

    This is beautiful! I love the storage on the sides!! Great job! I would love it if you would link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-4.html

    xoxo, Ashley J

  26. Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life says:


  27. Cherished Bliss says:

    This looks great!! What did you use for the tabletop?

  28. I have actually been wanting to make this same table after seeing it in Pottery Barn! Where did you find your cubby shelves?

  29. bandaidequeen says:

    What a clever idea. Glad it came to fruition at last. That is how some projects happen at our house too. I am thinking that this could also be a great kitchen island.

  30. Wishing there were plans! I would persuade my hubby to assembly somthing!!

  31. What are the dimensions of your table. Looking at doing something similar, but the other one I found looks much bigger, therefore harder to find space for. Yours looks big enough to be functional, but not take up half the room.

    Also, what do you have your fabric wrapped on (I see it in the background)?? Looks like a more compact way to store than traditional stacking.

  32. Looks awesome. Can’t wait to have my husband do the same thing to my craft room.

    What are the dimensions of your table? How big is each opening?

  33. mamascrapper69 says:

    what a wonderful idea for this table. i was wondering the ending price for all this to make?

    Stephanie Collins

  34. Shelley Haganman says:

    Would love to know where you got the cubbies! I would love to replicate this idea! THanks!

  35. Pat McCabe says:

    I agree with everyone else here!!! Where did you get the cubbies and would you give out the instructions???? Please??????

    • Ive been looking at craft room ideas on pinterest most of this sleepless night…..lots of people suggest using 2 small bookshelves from walmart at about $16 a piece and for a top use a unfinished hollow door from homedepot or lowe’s….I hope this helps =)

  36. I did another post more recently on this project table. My husband hasn’t put together a tutorial for us yet, but he built the cubbies from scratch versus buying bookcase cubbies. I wanted them larger to fit binders and the baskets and I also wanted the whole thing sturdy enough to hold up a big top. He basically routed out notches in the boards and then interlocked them together to form the cubbies – does that make sense? Hope it helps! Maybe someday I’ll be able to put together more specific instructions! Check back!

  37. Same here! I have a wonderful drafting table with a large piece of glass that I would like to do this with. But I MUST find these cubbys! help!!

  38. Raising Chilcoat says:

    I just love your site!

  39. Beautiful space! Where did you buy the cubbies? Were they pretty inexpensive? I love this table design!

    • We built the cubbies from scratch so that they could be custom-sized and more sturdy than store-bought cubbies. More details in the comments above…

  40. brilliant, practical, and beautiful!
    Next I want to hear about the cabinet/shelving in the back ground.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Can you provide dimensions please?

  42. This is Great! My husband and I are looking to it but I have a question. I am really short and would like to use it as a sewing table as well as a crafting table. Would you just cut it down if you were us?
    Thanks so much,

    • The beauty of the table is that you can build it any size you want. I’m only 5’1″ and I actually do use it primarily as a sewing table, but….I like to sew standing up. I know I’m weird, but that’s just how I sew! I do use that stool, though, which is adjustable and I can sit on that up at the table if I’m sewing for a long while, like quilting or something. Many people have talked about using prebuilt cubby bookcases, which would result in a shorter table, too – it’s actually one of the main reasons we custom built it – to have it be taller. The only other drawback I could see to building the whole thing shorter is that, if you maintained the 9-cubby look, you’d end up with much shorter cubby spaces and you have to consider what you’d want to be storing in the cubbies – I built the cubbies around the baskets and a space for binders/magazines. You could always cut it down to 6 cubbies??? Good luck!

      My finished dimensions are: 62.5″ long x 42″ wide x 37.5″ tall

  43. thanks for pinning this. what a great piece for inspiration!

  44. I am planning to try and build a table like this…do you have any more details or instructions from your project?
    What did you use for the table top? How did you support it so it wouldn’t bow in the middle? Did you just paint it or did you also coat it with something else to help protect the surface?

    Thanks so much!

  45. Sarah Navina says:

    What a idea! you have discovered extra space in the table. What a great thinking. Its totally looking custom made and your own idea… I have searched at some furniture online stores but failed and now i take this picture and placed the order for exactly like this table. I really love this one. Big Thanks for sharing.

  46. Hi, I love this table and I am trying to see if I find the space for it right now … just a question for interest … how high and how wide did your table end up? Thanks!

  47. Ooh, it is ABSOLUTELY perfect, and so worth the wait! I have serious craft table envy… its wonderful!!! I pinned an ikea hack that had a similar concept… cubbies on the sides… but nowhere near the incredible style of this guy. All the little details like the scrolly bits! Lovely. I’m sure you were thrilled to get all your goodies moved in, and have a space exclusively for your crafty endeavors!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Rachel of OddModicum

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