Here`s an idea how to make a simple side table or make-up table with low budget and not much carpentry skills. First, how to achieve that antique look? Lots of hand carved details and custom parts? Well that`s one way to do it or you can just get a couple unpainted staircase rail posts from the DIY/hardware store. Something like this for 2 x 4€:
Then we need something for a frame. In this case 2.5 meters of 20x117 planed pine board will do. Just cut it to 4 pieces of your desired dimensions - 2 side parts, 1 front and 1 back board.
The assembly of the table frame can be done easily with screws. Drill the holes deep enough for the screw heads so that you can cover them later with wood dowels. Torx 5x60 screws are good for a strong connection.
There are many materials suitable for the top plate. Pine, birch, oak or other glue laminated wooden boards are readily available in most home improvement stores. MDF or melamine particle boards work also as a more affordable option. In this case the left over 30 mm thick birch gluelam board will do. After cutting it to correct size the next thing to do was to add some shape to the edges. Of course this can be done without but after all the devil`s in the details.
For finishing the frame one coat of white paint + sanding + second coat of laquer will create a cool worn-out rustic effect. The table top was done with dark OSMO wood oil to create some contrast.
Building a traditional drawer is quite a lot of work. So for this DIY project lets take another approach. Foldable top with cool vintage looking hinges. For the bottom of this storage compartment a 6 mm plywood plate is plenty strong.
Before fixing the foldable top with the hinges it`s a good idea to fix the main table frame in place first. Since this table only has two legs it is attached firmly to the wall with 2 strong screws through the backside board. After fixing the frame in place and attaching the top plate the end result looks something like this.
The overall cost: 20-40 €. The effort: a weekend`s worth of fun.