DIY Wood Pedestal


One of my goals this year is to get more into woodworking. I started by making simple peg rails, a wood bench, and even some spice drawer inserts.

I’m excited to share my latest wood project with you. Have you seen these really cute farmhouse-style wood pedestals everywhere lately?

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McGee and Co - wood pedestal on a kitchen counter next to the sink with soap on it.
McGee and Co.
Pottery Barn Wood Risers
Pottery Barn

Well, today we are making our own DIY wood version!

The best part about this pedestal project is that you only need two cheap pieces of wood.

  • 2×4.
  • 2×6.

That is all. Ok, well that and a few tools.

This DIY project is going to be filed under scrap woodworking projects because you don’t need that much. In fact – I didn’t buy anything new for this DIY wood pedestal. I used all the scrap wood, screws, and stain we have in our garage.

I made a wood pedestal for my kitchen and one for my bathroom. You can use these wood pedestals to hold soaps, cooking oils and salts, and even to decorate your bookshelves.

Studio McGee using a wood pedestal on a bathroom counter
Studio McGee
Amber Interior Bookshelf styling with a wood pedestal
Amber Interiors Shoppe

While you can buy them, it’s much more fun (and cheaper) to create your own. Let’s get started.

Things You’ll Need

Scrap pine wood - how to make a DIY wood pedestal - full tutorial in post!
Scrap Wood for DIY Wood Pedestal

How to Make a DIY Wood Pedestal

Follow these 5 steps to make your wood pedestals.

Step 1: Measure Your Pedestal

How big do you want your wood pedestal to be?

I actually brought the wood into my kitchen and placed my cooking oils/salt/pepper mill on it. I wanted it to be just the right size.

One pedestal measures 12 inches long.

My second pedestal measures 9 inches long.

I eyeballed a good measurement for the feet – which came out to be 1.5 inches wide for each one. (Each wood pedestal has two feet.)

Since I’m using cheap 2×4 and 2×6, each pedestal is a thickness of 1.5 inches.

Step 2: Cut wood to size

Now that I have my measurements, I just need to cut my wood down to size.

Scrap pine wood - how to make a DIY wood pedestal - full tutorial in post!

Using my table saw, I cut a 12-inch and 9-inch piece from the 2×6.

I cut 4 – 1.5 inch wide pieces from the 2×4.

Step 3: Sand your Wood Pieces

You’ll want to sand your freshly cut wood pieces so they are nice and smooth and ready to stain.

One of my tricks for making cheap pine wood look more interesting is to use my orbital sander to create rounded edges.

The rounded edges help the wood look aged and take away those rough straight edges that scream – “I’m cheap wood from Home Depot!”

Scrap pine wood - how to make a DIY wood pedestal - full tutorial in post!

You can also use a wire brush attachment on your drill and go hog wild on making it look more distressed.

I find that rounded all the edges does the trick for me.

Now your wood will scream “I’m aged and from an old flea market in Nantucket!” (or something like that…)

Step 4: Attach Feet to Pedestal Top

Let’s put our wood pedestal together!

Before we go attaching things, you want to mark off on each pedestal where you want your feet to go.

Ideally, they should both be in even places under the pedestal top or it will look weird.

I measured about 1 inch from the top and bottom and 1.5 inches in on each side. Feel free to use that measurement or find your own!

There are three ways to attach your feet to the pedestal.

ONE // You can use wood glue.

Make sure to put wood glue on the pedestal part and the feet and rub them together a bit. It helps the wood glue bond. If you want extra bonus points, you can also use clamps to ensure a tight bond.

TWO// You can use a drill and screws, which is what I did.

But first, I wanted my screws to be a little receded from the edge of the wood – so I didn’t scratch up my countertops.

Scrap pine wood - how to make a DIY wood pedestal - full tutorial in post!
Scrap pine wood - how to make a DIY wood pedestal - full tutorial in post!

To do this, use a 1/2 inch drill bit and create a little shallow hole. Then use a screwdriver bit to screw your wood screw into the hole. The screw will sit inside the hole and not be poking out on the bottom.

I only used 1 screw per foot. I only needed a total of 4 screws.

THREE// You can do a combo 1-2 method. The ol’ one-two punch.

Pick whichever method tickles your fancy. Any works!

Step 5: Stain your Wood Pedestal

And now we have a little pedestal! How cute is this!?

We just need to stain it up and make it look all pretty.

I’m going to do a post soon on all the different types of wood stains on PINE wood. I think this would be helpful for you guys to see.

My favorite stains at the moment are Special Walnut and Early American.

Early American has this warmth to it that can’t be beaten (in my opinion), so I used that for this project.

Up close view of DIY wood pedestals stacked- full tutorial in post!
Up close view of DIY wood pedestals stacked- full tutorial in post!
Up close view of DIY wood pedestals stacked- full tutorial in post!
Up close view of DIY wood pedestals stacked- full tutorial in post!
DIY Wood Pedestals

You can use a paper towel or a ripped-up old rag to apply your stain. Or a foam brush.

I’m becoming a real lazy stainer.

I don’t even wear gloves, but you really should because stain can be hard to remove from your fingers. Plus, now that I’m thinking about it, do I really want stain absorbing into my skin?

Make sure you allow your stain to dry before applying a thin layer of polyurethane.

You’re done!

Now you have this adorable DIY wood pedestal.

Up close view of DIY wood pedestals stacked- full tutorial in post!
Up close view of DIY wood pedestals stacked- full tutorial in post!

I’m using the longer one next to the stove and the shorter one in my bathroom.

It adds warmth and character and breaks up our gray stone counters a bit more.

It’s such a cute farmhouse DIY!

Handmade wood pedestal on a bathroom counter.
Handmade wood pedestal on a bathroom counter.
Handmade wood pedestal on a kitchen counter.

Even my husband said he likes it – and trust me, that’s saying something because he is PICKY.

I hope you guys liked this DIY wood pedestal project.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@decorhint) so I can see your handiwork!

xo Karen