I am always on the hunt for that perfect piece to fit into a space, within my tiny budget of course. In fact, I have been on the hunt for table to put behind our sofa for what seems like forever. Ok, really 2 years. In my mind I saw something relatively simple like this foyer table. I knew exactly what I wanted, something really long and no wider than 12 inches. Since it would be sitting between a wall and the couch, drawers and details didn’t really matter. During last fall’s One Room Challenge, I was still in need of that table. Instead of dropping $300+ on a simple table no one would see, hubby made the offer to build one out of wood we still have lying around. (He’s so sweet!)
Although I liked the look of 4 spindly legs like these from Home Depot, we had these big honking 6×6 pillars left over from the deck building. They have sat around just waiting for some use. Now, they were very rough and the corners weren’t straight so I covered them in luan to give a nicer look. Rustic is an awesome look but it honestly doesn’t work in our house. #colonial #CrownMoldingScoffs
Normally, the lower shelf gives stability and keeps tables like these straight. Since I didn’t need a shelf, we fitted the center with another leftover 2×4 board. He also wrapped the top and feet with 2x4s. I filled in all the nail holes and any knots. Although I am quickly becoming the queen of filling with wood filler, it is my absolute least favorite part. Talk about watching paint dry!
Tip: The biggest consideration here is that none of the boards are warped. This can cause a very long table to tilt or twist. Don’t pay good money for warped boards!
The top board is a 10 inch poplar board. We glued it down to the top and clamped it for a few hours.
So there was some decoration, we added some trim to the feet and glued them to the wrap around 2×4.
I painted the table in Fusion Mineral Champlain (2 coats) and 2 coats of Tough Coat Wipe on Poly. At first, I tried using a dense foam roller with the Fusion and I was not happy with the look. However, if you remember my entertainment center painting, I figured out that a microfiber roller was the way to go. Smooth like buttah! The poly was a bit streaky but it evened out over a few coats. I love the feel of this paint. Is that wierd? Maybe, but I’ll own it. When dry, it feels professional and hard.
Now, all I need to do is find the perfect accessories to put on it. I started with a few picture frames and these pretty lamps, but the rest is still a work in progress. That’s sort of the point of an eclectic, found look, though right?