Buy or DIY: Mid Century Modern Telephone Table

by | Sep 18, 2015 | Buy or DIY, Living Room | 2 comments

There is nothing new about the world’s current obsession with the art of Mid Century Modern.
What I can only imagine was reviled and hidden in Grandpa’s smoky basement man cave in the late eighties and early nineties, is now back in fashion and taking over design blogs on every corner of the internet.

Oh how I would love to be in the Madmen lifestyle: living it up on my danish teak dining room table with my Eames chairs and my hanging sputnik lamp, sipping whisky and smoking indoors with abandon, listening to Bosa Nova on vinyl,  but unfortunately that lifestyle is neither financially or medically feasible for me at this point in my life.

My affinity for MCM is assuredly not helped by the furniture store West Elm, which specializes in reproductions of the exact furniture I love in the same unattainable price range that leaves me scavenging for similar IKEA hacks night and day.

I had been thinking about a telephone table for my very small entry way, when I came across this delightful West Elm beauty on their website:


Ugh, so handsome. so luxury. such beauty. do want.

However, these “mortgage” payments and “needing food to live” conundrums are really harshing my designer buzz, and with a $500USD price tag, it would have to be a considerably spectacular bench. Maybe it’s like a magic carpet bench, and sitting on the upholstered cushion would whisk me away to a place where I could afford all of my furniture desires and everything was perfect all of the time and there was no war and I looked exactly like Beyoncé. Yes, that must be it.

Skip ahead a few days, while mindlessly googling “why cant I have everything all the time?” I came across Jamieson, aka the Rogue Engineer, and his take on the MCM telephone bench.

Now, it does not have the exact same retro angles or beveled edges as my West Elm crush, but it most likely doesn’t come in anywhere near the price of West Elm’s bench either. It retains the same vintage charm that I was looking for and function that I need in a entryway bench, and Jamison puts the plans and instructions online for f-r-e-e. It’s the best of all worlds! Perfect compromise! Everything works out in the end!

Now, you may be asking, “Natasha, have you ever built anything that didn’t come with picture instructions and precut particle board?” Well, uh, you see…unfortunately, my grade-school shop class knowledge has not traveled with me as far as I would have hoped.

But, all I need to learn is, you know, woodworking and angles and math and junk and I will be set. C’mon with me, the internet, and bring me my skill saw! Here’s to keeping all 10 fingers and all 10 toes.





  1. melziemakes

    Love your writing style, you did make me laugh!

    • Natasha

      Thanks so much for reading!


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