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, 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 thin plywood to give them a finished look. Rustic is an awesome look but it honestly doesn’t work in our traditional colonial.
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. This is my favorite wood filler with this one being second. 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! Our planar is very useful, but we did not use it for this project.
The top board is a 10 inch poplar board. We glued it down to the top and clamped it for a few hours.
To match our other traditional furniture, 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. If your interested, here is my list of my all time favorite polyacrylics for painting.
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?
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