Friday, July 26, 2013

To Build a Table

While I wait on some things that will allow me to finish my kitchen makeover, I decided to tackle a little project for my front room, which is next on my list of rooms that need love. And trust me, that room needs a lot of love.

First up, I needed an entry table. The space has a pretty challenging layout -- both my narrow hallway-style entry and the front room itself. I started looking for narrow console tables but nothing worked; they were either too expensive, too short, or too deep. Most of the time, all three!

Obviously, it was time to build one.

We grabbed some really inexpensive 2x2s and threw this simple table together with wood glue, clamps and screws (placed on undersides of the boards in pocket holes so I don't have to fill anything with wood putty!). It's important to select as straight of 2x2s as possible since it's not high quality lumber.

The finished table, with tabletop, will be 36" tall by 33" wide and 9.5" deep.  That's about 6" taller than usual for console tables and much shallower, since the wall it will sit against runs right into a doorway and it can't block traffic. Check it out in its new home:

(On a side note, how classy is that unfinished wooden cube in front of the wall without baseboard? Maybe I should have some guests over and really impress 'em with my decorating skills!)

Speaking of tabletops though, maybe you're wondering where it is? I'm glad you asked.

I took a little trip to a local steel yard...

... and saw rows and rows of shiny metal sheets. Not exactly what I was looking for... so they showed me their rusty remnants outside.

Bingo! Today they are bending a piece of steel to fit over a wooden tabletop like a slipcover.

I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty excited to see this come together. Stay tuned!


  1. That is going to be wayyyy cool when it's done! Great idea! Another idea that I love is to take a too wide console table with really sexy legs and cut it in half, so you only have the two front legs and support it with brackets underneath against the wall, that looks super cool too :-)

  2. Loooooove the idea of the rusty metal top! It's going to be awesome!


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