Searching For A Side Table

I recently sold our oak side tables because, as nice as they were, their traditional style and medium-toned wood weren’t vibing with the rest of the room. Here they are in an old photo of our living room…

(Incidentally, looking back on pics like this, it seems my attention to detail in photos has improved a lot since I started blogging. I mean really, I couldn’t have put away the highchair, play tunnel and coffee mug? Ah well.)
I’ve replaced one with a trunk (I’ll post pictures soon) and am on the hunt for a solution to fill the gap left by the other. It has to be affordable – my budget is somewhere around $100, and I’d like to keep it lower than that if I can. In my design board for this room, I used this $80 drum table from Target.
I liked the round shape, the dark wood tone, and the price. Why not stick with it? Well, when we went to check them out in the store, the Little Man pulled it over really easily because that pretty shape makes it very top heavy. And anyway, it’s not available anymore.
So, other options… I considered a more industrial vibe, but obviously metal edges and/or glass plus toddlers is not a good combo, so these are a no-go, as pretty as they are.
{3 Shelf Metal End Table – Walmart, $99}
{Foxed Mirrored Side Table – West Elm, $199}
{Elements Grey End Table –, $122 but currently sold out}

How about something more rustic? Might make a nice contrast to our concrete ceilings and metal piping.

{Reclaimed Teak Jigsaw Stool/Accent Table –, $123}
{Hand-carved Wooden Accordion Side Table – Wisteria, $199}
{Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table – World Market, $149}

Of course, there was this beauty, which was a top contender for a while, but adding another color to the turquoise/pink/white/metallic thing we’ve got going on would be confusing, I think. And it’s a budget buster.

{Isala Table – Ikea, $179}
Speaking of budget-busters, I do love these pretty pieces…
{Reflections Mirrored Accent Table – Home Decorators, $399}
{Clairemont Side Table – Crate & Barrel, $499}
Then there was one of the original inspiration pieces for my coffee table
{Bungalow 5 Marco Side Table – $455}
I was thinking another Lack Hack might be in order, and it would probably only cost me about $30 (two Lack side tables at $8 each plus lots of nail head trim). Then, just recently, I stumbled upon the blog Clementine & Olive, who just did just that – isn’t the knock-off version pretty?

My only reservations about this option are the sharp edges (and possible injuries to the Little Man and future Little Lady, although I could probably find a solution for that) and that it might be a bit matchy-matchy with our coffee table.

Honestly, I can’t decide. I might even turn to Craigslist to find a project piece. I’ll keep you posted, and feel free to weigh in if you have a favorite!


  1. October 24, 2011 / 11:46 pm

    Hey girl! thanks for mention! I like the last one the best, although… I maybe bias 😉 hehe

  2. October 27, 2011 / 10:59 pm

    Great inspirations- you'll know which one is it when you find it! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  3. February 5, 2012 / 1:46 am

    the home decorators mirrored round table is now on sale for $200, FYI! 🙂