How To Make a Craft Table

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My back thanks me everyday for my new craft table! It’s relieved that I no longer have to stand bent over while working on a project. It loves the fact that I don’t have to run up and down the stairs gathering supplies. With the creation of my new work table, I now have the perfect place to cut fabric, paint, hot glue, sew and so much more!

how to make a craft table

My inspiration came from the Bedford Project Table from Pottery Barn. At $1,199 it was definitely more than I wanted to invest! I knew I had to figure out how to make a craft table.

craft table

As I spent time contemplating, planning and visiting Pinterest, I realized that I already had the foundation for the table. Tucked away in my attic sat two of these bookcases. They are the basic laminate bookcases that you can find at Walmart or Target. I’ve had them for years. My kids used them for their books when they were in elementary school…now they’re in college. That gives you an idea of how long they’ve sat unused!

How to make a craft table

My first step was to give the bookcases a facelift. I started with adding some Allen & Roth bead board wallpaper from Lowe’s, to the back of each one. As I’m sure you know, the back of these bookcases are actually just a piece of stiff cardboard. Since I didn’t want to get that cardboard wet, I decided to use spray adhesive to attach the wallpaper.

how to make a craft table

I could have used real bead board…and I almost did…but I wanted to have the beadboard on the inside of the bookcases as well as the back. I knew that you would see the back of the bookcase even when the craft table was complete and I didn’t want them to be that ugly brown cardboard backing.

After I applied the wallpaper, I decided that if I added some trim to the bookcase, it would give it a more finished and substantial look. I purchased some 1×2’s at Lowe’s and framed the front and back of each bookcase. I cut the wood to fit the sides of the bookcases from the top edge to the bottom. For the top and bottom of the bookcases, I cut the wood to fit inside the side pieces of trim. Therefore I didn’t have to worry about creating mitered edges for the corners. By adding the trim to the backs, it also covered the edges of the wallpaper, giving it a finished look.

how to make a craft table

I attached the wood trim using liquid nails and finishing nails. To finish the look, I chalked all the edges and gave the entire bookcase including the wallpaper a coat of white paint.

how to make a craft table

The trim really made a difference in the front of the bookcases. It gave a feeling of enclosure to the shelves and created a much more impressive looking bookcase.

how to make a craft table

Once my bookcases were finished, I added my tabletop, which I found at Restore. I stumbled upon a $5 table that was wobbly and a little rough looking…but I was only interested in the tabletop. The best part was that the tabletop size was perfect! It was the perfect width and length for the craft table that I wanted to create.

how to make a craft table

I used liquid nails along the top edges of the bookcases to attach the tabletop. Once the liquid nails had dried, I reinforced it with wood screws. I screwed the tabletop to the bookcases by going underneath the top of each bookcase and screwing the screws directly into the tabletop.

how to make a craft table

The tabletop received a coat of white paint and a coat of polyacrylic to finish it off. It’s perfect…at least for me!

how to make a craft table

One side of the table holds a variety of supplies. I have baskets to organize the different types of supplies and products. The other side of the table holds my craft paint. It’s amazing to have everything at your fingertips!

how to make a craft table

It’s the perfect height for working without having to bend over a project. I recently had to get new counter stools for my kitchen because my son broke one of my old ones. Luckily, one stool survived so I was able to use it for my table.

how to make a craft table

I’ve got to say…I’m in love with my craft table! Plus, considering the only supplies I had to buy were the $5 tabletop, wood trim, wallpaper and liquid nails, I was able to complete the craft table for less than $50! So much better than $1,199!

how to make a craft table

I love walking in the room and saying, “I did that!”

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  1. says

    Wow – you are sooooo talented Leslie! Kudos for a beautiful job well done! Your craft room is Ga-oreous! Love your tute and now I’m inspired to make one for myself! Pinned!

  2. says

    Gimme a A, Gimme a W Gimme a E Gimme SOME, what’s that spell? AWESOME that’s what going on right here! On a serious note I have seen other takes on craft tables using those book shelves and your is much more sophisticated with the little extras! Great job

  3. Beth says

    What a fantastic creation! Pottery Barn has nothing on you! Could you please tell me the dimensions of the table top as well as the height of the finished craft table? Thanks in advance.

  4. Patty P says

    What a great idea. And I have just started to learn quilting and this would be great. I could even do a closed cabinet for the fabrics and such. Thank you for sharing.

  5. says

    I need to make one of these for my craft room. I like your idea of adding the bead board, it really spruces it up! You did a great job, it looks like it’s a good height, too. Thanks for the instructions.

  6. says

    This looks wonderful, a whole lot like the Pottery Barn piece. Great job! I love the idea of sitting up higher and not bending over to craft. Enjoy!

  7. Maggie Lais says

    HI!! I absolutely love this craft table! I have been looking longingly at a similar table on and I always thought reproducing one would be very difficult! With those two bookshelves, it already looks do-able! Yours looks professionally done, and the bead-board really adds dimension to an otherwise sterile and flat white object. This is going on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing this project,


  8. says

    I love this Leslie! We just did something very similar but with the cube storage shelves. Our craft room doesn’t look quite as open and spacious as yours does though – I love it!! Wow! Thanks for sharing this at Work it Wednesday this week. Pinning!
    ~Krista from the happy housie

    • says

      Thanks Krista! I’d love for you to share something at my Twirl & Take a Bow Linky Party. It starts today and runs through Sunday. Hope you can join in. Have a great day!

  9. says

    You did a wonderful job creating your craft table! Paying attention to the small details (beadboard wallpaper and trim) really make the piece look professional!

  10. says

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve been looking to do something like this for a while now and you’ve inspired me to get on it 🙂

  11. says

    Leslie, such a great job! So creative. I’m jealous…I have to get a work space done soon…maybe I’ll use this idea! So much fun being on Twirl and Take a Bow with you!~Tammy

  12. Suzzane says

    Love this! The beadboard really makes this look so nice. One question I have – how sturdy are those bookcases? I have a sewing machine that weighs in on the heavy side (30ish pounds?) and would love to create a sewing table like this, but I’m worried about the weight and any movement in the table. I was thinking about going with an ikea top and reinforcing it with an extra leg or two. Any thoughts?

    • says

      Thanks Suzzane! My bookcases seem to be really sturdy with the top. I have used my sewing machine on mine, but its not as heavy as yours:) An Ikea top with an extra leg would definitely reinforce it.

  13. says

    Nicely done. I love the wallpaper that you went with, it is perfect and a fantastic idea for covering up the cardboard backing that comes with so many furniture items. Love it!

  14. says

    It looks sooo great. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  15. says

    Leslie this is brilliant! I love that it is somewhat compact for a small room and that it doesn’t cost much to make. Don’t you just love the bead board wallpaper – I’ve used it on so many projects. I’m definitely going to pin this for future inspiration – thanks!

  16. says

    Great idea! I used the same bookcases from Target or Walmart, but I had a large top cut and screwed it in also from underneath the top of the cases into the top board. I love my BIG craft table, but it really takes up a lot of space, I love your idea and think it’s time for a change…thanks for sharing!

  17. says

    Almost 3 years later… I just stumbled upon this after pricing some craft tables. Thank you for saving me money, it’s my favorite thing. I love your table. You did a bang-up job. It looks lovely! Thank you for sharing this, and saving my sanity and pocketbook.