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    Question frugal end table...

    I need ideas for a frugal (ie. free) end table to hold a lamp and, possibly, some books. Any ideas? It needs to be small and low. It's going in front of a window by a chair in a corner.

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    I am using an old rusty file cabinet that DH stores his old school stuff in. Just covered it with an old table cloth and it works for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happimommi View Post
    I am using an old rusty file cabinet that DH stores his old school stuff in. Just covered it with an old table cloth and it works for now.
    I guess I should add that it is a small 2 drawer one, otherwise ya all might think I have a huge file cabinet in my living room.

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    A box with a sheet or tablecloth over it.

    A stack of large books with a sheet or tablecloth over them.

    A rubbermaid or sterlite container (or a stack of them) with a sheet or a tablecloth over it (or them).

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    depends what you have there and if you want to use something you have or buy or build something.
    you have all kinds of things you can use from glass top to wood, you can even staple fabric on top of plywood for a temporary table. You can maybe find one for 5 dollars already as you like it as a garage sale ( I've found them at garage sales for 5 dollars, solid wood, in good shape) .. have you looked at the newspaper for sale items? how about freecycle?
    you have so many choices.

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    Zakity, Great! Thanks! I don't know why I didn't think of it! I have some old wooden orange crates. I could use one of those!

    M55FF: I want no effort and little weight. My back is still in upheaval and I'm not allowed to lift more than five pounds. DH will not work on this. It simply is not a priority for him. I think if I just drape the orange crate with cloth, it will work.

    Thanks everyone!

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    There! Rounded up the box. DH was using it as a bookshelf in his office. He didn't need it. I arranged his books neatly without it. We'll see if he notices.

    I took that and a lamp we had given to us, plus that tablecloth I got for free this month, and put them together and voila! I have a gorgeous end table that houses my books under the tablecloth! Yippee! I can hardly wait till tonight to try it out.

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    Good! I am glad you found something that works for you. I love it when you can find something around the house and reuse it. It leaves more money in your pocket for other things.

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    glad you found something to use.

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    I had a 2 piece concrete birdbath. The top (dish) portion got broken during a storm. So I took the bottom (stand) piece and glued a round glass top (bought at Walmart) to it. I've been using it for several years now as a side table to hold my lamp. Everyone comments on how cute it is.

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