DIY pine bedside table finished with Rust-Oleum Chalked paint

Pop into your local Builders for some PAR pine and make this easy bedside table finished with Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matte paint.





4 of 96 x 500mm pine - legs

4 of 96 x 340mm pine - front / back apron / leg supports

4 of 96 x 300mm pine - side apron / leg supports

4 of 96 x 340mm pine - top (trimmed to fit)

Wood glue

4 x 35mm screws

Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matte paint

Rust-Oleum Chalked Topcoat or Woodoc Antique Wax



Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Kreg Pockethole Jig

Orbital sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads

Note: These measurements are for 20mm thick pine. Adjust for any difference in the thickness.

Find all the materials and supplies for this project at your local Builders Warehouse.







1. Use the pockethole jig to drill holes on the edge of all the side aprons. Also drill pocketholes on the edge of the legs where the leg supports will be mounted (see Step 4 below)


ABOVE: Two pocketholes drilled on each end of the side aprons / leg supports




2. Use 35mm screws to join together the front, back and side aprons for the top frame.


3. Position the legs inside the frame and secure using 35mm screws. Make sure that the tops and sides of each leg are flush with the frame.


4. During assembly I realised that pocketholes needed to be drilled on the edge of the legs for securing the leg supports. Do this as part of Step 1 so that it is done when drilling all the other pocketholes.


5. Measure down 120mm from the top and mark for attaching the front and back leg supports to the frame. The front and back supports are screwed through the back of each leg. The side aprons are attached via the pocketholes drilled into the edge of the legs.


6. Cut the sections for the lid to fit. These are secured using wood glue and panel pins. Once everything is assembled sand the piece with 120- and then 240-grit sanding pads.


7. Finish off your new bedside table with Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matte paint in your choice of colour. There are 6 colour variants, including a clear topcoat and you can apply Rust-Oleum chalked to wood, ceramic, glass, canvas and more. For this project no preparation was required and only a single coat of paint was necessary.