Whether you are entertaining outdoors, or indoors, sometimes the space you are working with just isn't large enough to display everything from food, to servingware and beverages. You don't want to use too many different tables though, especially if you only have a small space for entertaining, and you need to allow space for guests to put put down their beverages or plates. Even more so if you are hosting a sit-down dinner party and need to place the food down the center of the table without encroaching on guests dining space.

I'm going to share a tip for making sure food is visible and eye-catching, even in small spaces. Our goal is to not have all of your food at one level and filling a large space of your table, but to bring it all together in a stylish way, that makes it easy (especially for children) to see what is available.

I recently made these two small tiered food stands. 

DIY wood food stands for bringing dishes to eye level
They have since become two of my favorite items to use, not only for party tables, but for placing on our dining table for dinner parties and food bars and by the fire-pit for s'mores.

I have to be honest, I felt very overwhelmed going into this project. I consider myself a DIY'er, but am always nervous when tackling a new project because I feel like it could be more than I can handle. I like the challenge though.

My first stop was to head to Home Depot where I intended to purchase wood off-cuts to use as the top of each stand. I found pieces of wood in various widths and lengths and settled on two pieces of wood in different lengths. I had no idea going in though what I would use for the legs, however after wandering around the store for about 30 minutes I finally came across unfinished wood legs in two sizes 9" and 6". As you can see from the photos below they already had some kind of screws (yes I'm very technical) in them.  This kind of scared me because I wasn't quite sure how I was going to attach them.

Once I got home though I whipped out the drill and set to work.

I found a drill bit that was around the same size as the screw already in the leg, so after measuring and marking exactly where I wanted the legs to sit, I drilled small holes in the planks of wood. I then placed a little wood glue around the hole and screwed the leg into place.  

How to build a small wood table
Once all of the legs were screwed into place, I painted each of the stands with brown paint that I already had on hand and set them aside to dry.

Once dry I took them outside and sprayed a couple of thin coats of white paint over the top. Once that was dry I weathered the tables with a piece of sandpaper.

how to build a small wood table or foot stool
Because these stands are being used for food and beverages, and spills are sure to happen, I applied three coats of Mod Podge 'Outdoor'.

You might remember I first used these for the Despicable Me 2 party table.

Despicable Me Party Table
Can you see how they raise the food onto different levels so that everything is visible. Plus, they add extra space, you can see that they layered jelly jars were able to go underneath the larger stand at the back, while still remaining visible.

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1 comment

Jen @ Tatertots and Jello September 12, 2013 - 10:18 am

They are so cute!! I love them painted white!!



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