One of the easiest ways to make a side table is to get a big old milk can and put a table top on it. Either glass or wood will do. That will take you a few hours to finish.
You don’t even have to give the milk can a makeover if you’re aiming for a vintage or rustic look. But if you’d like, you can give it a coating of fresh color. Just see to it that you use a color that complements the overall theme of your home.