Styling the Home DIY: Entry Table

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I am so happy that style has evolved over the years & there is more of an appreciation for vintage, rustic & handmade items. I grew up in a household that seeked out 'fun for free' entertainment. One of our favorite hobbies was finding old, abandoned homes & imagining up everything we could turn them into, what we could do with the property, etc. We always had our hands messy, working on diy projects & turning someone's trash into our own treasures. Old habits die hard & the thrill of taking abandoned items & turning them into useful pieces still excites me. This weekend I decided to work on a piece of furniture for my soon-to-be home with my soon-to-be husband. The boards used in this DIY coffee table project are antique signs from our hometown. After a trip to Lowes & basic purchases, I got to work on the project.
(Description of 'how-to' + items to purchase listed below)
Since I already had the wooden slabs for the top of the table, we purchased 2 boards for security on the outer under part of the table & sawed a thicker third board for a center strip under the top boards. The purchase also included wood stain in dark walnut (I LOVE the look of a dark stain), screws for a power drill, wood filler which we didn't end up needing, legs & L brackets, & a paintbrush for staining. We already had the equipment to saw & sand.
Start out by wiping down the boards (if you're using pre-used top boards). Next, take your sander & go over each top board. I didn't want this to be perfect--I like a little texture. So sand it til you're happy.
Next, saw your security boards if needed. Take the thicker, middle board & measure into the center. Pre-drill holes in each wooden slab through the center security board. Next, drill screws to attach the middle support. Take the legs & measure 4''x4'' corners & mark. Use L brackets to attach the legs to the table. Next, cut boards to fit between each leg. This provides more support for the table & looks a lot sleeker. These need drill holes & screws too, be careful not to split the wood in this process. Slow & steady with the drill is key.
P.S. this is an amazing arm workout.
After the bottom is secure, flip over & sand the outer corners & edges until smooth. 
Next, take your stain with a paintbrush & stain the table. Take an old rag & wipe the stain down after each board--wear gloves! This creates a more distressed & imperfect look. After the top is dry, flip over & stain the underside. If you use pre-made legs like I did you'll need an extra stain coat since the wood is lighter.
After the stain is dry use polyurethane to coat the top with a clean brush.
Let dry.
Place & decorate!

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