Building a Mirrored Bedside Table

What You'll Need
Piece of strong termite-proof ply board 16x22 inches
4 ready-made table legs of good quality wood
2 pieces of 1x2 inch wood-14 inches in length
2 pieces of 1x2 inch wood-12 1/2 inches in length
6 feet of 2/3 mold that is flattened
Electric Drill
1 3/4 inch steel screws
1/6 inch drill bit
2/6 inch drill bit
Tack Hammer
Wood Stain
Wood Putty
Few sheets of Sand Paper
Mirror glass of required size

A mirrored bedside table is a great way to brighten up your room. More artistic than regular side tables, these mirrored modifications make your room appear larger and also sets a happy mood in it. While these tables are available in showrooms, ready-made mirrored tables burn a huge hole in your pocket. Thus it is a great idea to build one by yourself right at home. All it takes is a little patience and a systematic approach.

Step 1: Make Your Table Top

Take the termite-resistant ply board. You must ensure it is of thick quality so that it does not break. From all four corners, measure a four finger distance and at that exact point, drill four holes using the 1/6 bit drill. Stop before it penetrates more than half the thickness of the plywood. Repeat the same process on the 1x2 inch wood pieces. Now on the reverse side of the ply, draw a line about an inch in length with a ruler placed from the corner around the board’s top surface perimeter. Now apply the adhesive as required with a brush neatly along the long side of the 1x2 inch wood piece and stick it on the under side of the main plywood which is now your table top. Take the other three smaller wood pieces and stick them on to the remaining sides of the table top.

Step 2: Apply Finishing Touches to the Table Top

Take the mold and shape it to line up with the sides of the table top neatly. Finally insert the small brad nails with the help of a tack hammer. Use wood putty to fill up the holes formed.

Step 3: Attaching the Top

Apply the adhesive in generous doses to the legs and place firmly onto the corners of the table top’s under side. For better fitting, insert drywall screws through the 1x2 inch wood pieces into the four legs. Rub the entire table with the sand paper and apply a fresh coat of wood stain and leave for a few hours till it completely dries.

Step 4: Attaching the Mirror

There are two ways of placing the mirror to the bedside table. Either you can glue the mirror on to a ply board of exact measure and attach it with mirror adhesive to the table top in a vertical position, or you may choose to align it flat onto the horizontal surface of the table top. Choose anything you like but make sure that the glue is applied in sufficient quantity so that the mirror does not come off.  Never attempt cutting the mirror glass at home. Get a professional to do it at the store itself. Make it a point to wear safety goggles when you work. Leave this arrangement to dry for a night. After this, paint the wooden areas with wood stain and clean the mirrored top with any glass stain remover for a dazzling look. Your brand new mirrored bedside table is ready!