I’ve dreamed of a console table to decorate for as long as I could remember.
I needed a kitchen table so that I could serve Thanksgiving dinner this past holiday season.
And I need a console table so that I could decorate it for this holiday season.
Like I said, priorities.
But it wasn’t as easy as I had thought. I could not find a table I liked. They were either too big. Or too slim. Or too plain. I mean, I knew I wanted to build it, because I didn’t want to be stuck with pressed wood, and anything that wasn’t was way out of my price range. I just needed to find something that I could live with forever, but I couldn’t.
Until Her Tool Belt shared her entry way reveal.
It was love at first sight.
I mean, you guyssss. This table was simple but unique with its double X’s. It had that farmhouse-style vibe that I’m currently loving, but it wasn’t too country-looking. It was the epitome of perfection.
Or, so I had thought.
I realized after I had cut all of the wood down to size, that it was a bit too large for where I wanted to put it. Apparently laying a measuring tape down on the ground doesn’t exactly do the depth of the table justice.
However, laying the wood down totally put bruised hipbones into perspective.
This is when I started to panic.
I mean, I had my heart set on this particular table. So, I tried to rearrange my entire living room to fit it. I mean, I could put Audrey’s kitchen set on the wall where I planned to put the table, and put the table on the wall where Audrey’s kitchen set was. But then I would ruin the little toy-corner we have set up, which I wasn’t totally on board with. Plus, I really wanted the table to go underneath my corkboard map.
So, I did what any person in a panic would do.
I called my parents.
They asked me why I didn’t just cut it down to a size that would fit?
Um, I don’t know, maybe because I’m a newbie woodworker and I wouldn’t even know where to begin.
But after some thought, I figured it out. If I needed to remove 5 1/4 inches from the top (the actual width of a 2×6), I needed to make the base slimmer. The width of the base is determined by the thickness of the wood (1 1/2 inches is the actual thickness of a 2″ thick wood board) plus the size of the spacer.
I also knew that I wanted about an inch and a quarter of overhang by each leg. So, with 2 3/4 inches on each side (the 1 1/2″ board thickness and the 1 1/4″ overhang), and a 10 1/2 inch top, I was left with 6 inches. So, my spacers needed to each be 6 inches.
So, I went back to the miter saw, and trimmed off four inches of each spacer.
And then prayed I didn’t just waste around $30 on wood.
But after following Her Tool Belt’s double X console table assembly plans, it became apparent that I didn’t.
Because I am so in love with the way this table turned out.
I decided to finish the table with Minwax penetrating stain in Early American and a coat of their fast drying Polyurethane.
And now I can’t wait to decorate it!
So, stay tuned while I share a bunch of autumn decor tutorials over the next couple of weeks. And maybe purchase a lamp to go on it. Because it could totally use a lamp.
And how about those sunflowers? Ugh. I could just cover my house in them.
Sunflowers and more wood furniture.
Because now I want to make all the things.