Introduction

a bedroom side table decorated with trim
Photo: Tina Rupp
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Once a nondescript catchall for books, photos, and knickknacks, this bedside perch now boasts one-of-a-kind style, thanks to strips of decorative molding. To make your own, start with a table that has a tall, slightly recessed apron. Assemble lengths of stock molding, available at home centers for $5 to $8 for a 6-foot pieceĀ­, into a pattern you like. Cut pieces to size, and use wood glue to adhere them to your table. Finally, stain them to match the table, or coat with latex paint in a bright hue for an extra pop of color.
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    Tools List

    • hand miter saw
      Hand miter saw (for making straight cuts)
    • stop block
      Stop block (so that you can easily cut pieces to the same size)
    • paintbrush
      Paint brush (if painting the table)

    Shopping List

    Thin strips of decorative molding in profiles of your choice; decorative options, such as egg-and-dart, bead, and rope molding, work especially well.

    Wood glue

    Rags

    Wood stain or primer and latex paint in the color of your choice