Along with certain design challenges, the DIY to-do list can get pretty long when living in a 1930s, tiny beach bungalow. A clear example in our home is that architecturally, there is no formal welcoming area. It’s pretty much a door that opens to a square room and nowhere to hang your hat…until now! As part of my “Living Room Makeover” series, I’d like to introduce you to our new entryway…ta-da!
Aside from the occasional shoe clutter, this “hello!” section of our home is now organized, neat, and features one of my most prized creations: a reclaimed customized console table. The cost? Just right around $80-not bad for a 5′ 1″ x 11″ table.
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The wood was reclaimed from shelving out of our garage (I’m estimating it was originally built in the mid-part of this past century), and because I had all the other supplies and tools, the cost was kept relatively low. Is it okay if I beam a little bit with pride? Oh, and I have also conquered a bucket-list item: to make my own, specially designed piece of furniture. Check!
Now it’s your turn! It was seriously SO easy…even a self-taught DIYer (like me!) can do it! On we go!
P.S. More later on the entryway details…stay tuned!
Reclaimed Custom Console Table…Here’s what you’ll need:
• 1 1/2″ thick by 11″ to 12″ wide piece of wood (preferably reclaimed to add character and the “green” factor!) Note: to locate locally reclaimed wood, check out woodfinder.com.
• tape measure and straight edge (i.e. ruler)
• circular saw (or, if you don’t like to use power tools, you can certainly use a hand saw-be prepared for a good cardio workout!)
• electric hand sander and sanding block
• medium and fine grade paper (P60 or P80 and P180 or P220, respectively)
• Optional: printer, paper and scissors
• Optional: small paint brushes and paint
• Briwax (I used the original stain)
• soft cloth
• four (4) 28″ hairpin legs
• 2″ screws
• Optional: 2-4 older keys (new keys are too brittle to bend-I found mine at an antique’s flea market)
• Optional: 2 sets of pliers (I would have used a needle nose pliers, but alas, I need to purchase one!)
• Optional: 1″ screws
Here’s what you do:
Step 1: Wipe off your reclaimed wood piece and place it onto two saw horses or a solid surface for cutting.
Step 2: Measure how long you want your table, mark desired length, then with your pencil, mark your cut line. Note: remember…this is YOUR table…so make it as long or short as you wish! Nice!
Step 3: Using your circular saw, begin by cutting a small notch to make sure you are using the right guide line. Cut along your pencil marked guide line.
Step 4: Electric hand sand all surfaces until butter smooth, paying close attention to the edges. Note: I decided to round them out a bit for an overall smoother look and feel. After all…who doesn’t love butter?
Step 5: Optional: print and cut out your custom design to paint onto your wood…come on! Have fun! You can use shapes, floral or abstract designs or lettering…the options are endless! Note: I printed out three versions of my target and cut out the center, middle, then outer rings. I then traced them separately, then painted them in…fun!
Step 6: Once the paint has dried, use your fine sand paper and sanding block to slightly distress your design. Note: be sure to pay particular attention to the edges of your design-it looks a bit more authentic if they get slightly sanded off for some reason.
Step 7: Wipe on your Briwax and cover your design as well as all surfaces of your table. Note: this is where more customization comes in…make your table as dark or light as you desire!
Step 8: Attach your hairpin legs. Note: be mindful of the edges of your wood piece. Ours had some nails still embedded in them, so we had to be careful about not screwing them in those places, risking splitting the wood. In fact, we ended up screwing in just a few screws on a couple of the legs for that reason.
Step 9: Optional: Bend key hooks using two pairs of pliers. Hold the top of the key with one pair of pliers, then grab the bottom part of the key to bend with a second pair (preferably needle nose for a tighter bend) and slowly bend the key into a hook. Note: this is a fun way to add further customization of your console table-add hooks for keys or scarves or whatever you wish.
Step 10: Measure where you’d like to place your key hooks, then screw them onto your console table. Note: you can chose to place these wherever you wish! Our keys are now safely hidden from any prying eyes through our giant front window.
The final results…
Would you try a project like this? What custom design details would you add?
All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly