Progress in the foyer, y’all!
Remember a few weeks ago when it was sad, and neutral, and boring? (Except the magnetic letters. They were FUN. And educational.)
Then I got my Turkish kilim rug and we turned an old yard sale headboard into a bench.
But across from the bench? Sadness.
A lonely little table that Andy built years ago to fit the foyer of a different house. It was his first woodworking project (AndILoveHimButItShowed.)
It always looked dinky there so we’d been hoping to upgrade it for years. Well well well! The day has come! Check ‘er out!
Andy built that.
True story. Out of wood, and power, and masculinity. #MarriedHimForAReason
The new table fits the space so much better than the old one. The bigger size is my favorite thing!
And the way it looks. That’s my other favorite thing.
It was inspired by the table I LOVED in this photo, but you can’t find anything that fits our foyer perfectly, so we knew a DIY was in order.
I’m so happy to be partnering with 3MDIY.com for this quick little rundown of our process and concept. Our table is 32.5 inches tall, 13.5 inches deep and 30 inches wide. Those dimensions are really random and that size would look awkward anywhere else, so for this tutorial I’ll mostly spare you the dimensions and show you the concept so you could make your own whatever size works for you.
(You may need different size materials depending on your table size.)
- 1 sheet of MDF
- 4 2x2x3 boards – we used poplar
- 3 1x2x8 boards (poplar)
- Lacquer paint and primer (We used the Furniture Lacquer Spray from Amy Howard at Home)
- 3M Safety Products
- 3M™ SandBlaster™ Sanding Sheets
- wood glue
1. Cut your materials
Once you decide what size table to make for your space, cut two pieces of MDF that size. (You’ll glue them together so your top is extra thick.) Cut four legs to the height you want your table to be and sketch out the fretwork design. (It’ll be different depending on how tall you make your table.)
2. Notch the boards in the center
We used a table saw with a dado blade to make these little notches in the wood so we could fit the pieces together like Lincoln Logs. (Andy tells me that’s called a half-lap joint, but you and I both know the official term is “like Lincoln Logs.”)
3. Join the pieces
Glue the two pieces of MDF together with wood glue and clamp them together until they’re dry. (We cut our pieces a little larger, glued them together, then cut them to the correct size.
Fit the fretwork pieces together and join them with wood glue, then connect them to the legs of the table with pocketholes. Use pocketholes to connect the legs to the MDF top.
4. Sand and Paint
Fill the pocketholes with pockethole plugs, caulk all the joints and lightly mud around the MDF top to disguise the seam. Then sand it ’til it’s smooth as butta! Andy used the 3M™ SandBlaster™ Fine Sanding Sheets around all the corners so they’re safer for the kiddos.
Speaking of safe, check out how hard he’s rocking that 3M Tekk eyewear. *Wolf whistle*
Weston saw daddy wearing “the cool glasses” and he had to take a turn too.
Oh, that little buddy. We taught him to say “safety first!” because it’s adorable and laying the proper foundation for safety and extreme nerddom. We’re hoping when he’s in high school riding in cars with friends, he’ll be the kid that goes, “Put on your seatbelts, guys. Safety first!” hahahahaha. Is that cruel?
But seriously. I’m never letting him out of my sight.
We painted the table with a new-to-us furniture lacquer spray that the people at Amy Howard at Home sent us. You apply it just like spray paint and it ends up with this glossy, lacquery finish. I dig it.
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I found the blue ottoman at HomeGoods. Not sure yet if I’ll keep it? The pink lamp with the blue ottoman is feeling a little bit bubblegum candy for me. Do you know what I mean by that? I just see it and think, that is bubblegum sweet. I might want something a little grubbier. Do you think it needs less bubblegum and more grubbiness? Are those actual words to describe decor?
You know what I LOVE? The table, from every single angle.
With the new addition, our foyer is JUST about finished. I just want to make a couple last-minute touches and we’ll stick a fork in it.
(UPDATE: If you want to check out a video tutorial to make one of your own, Fred at RedneckDIY.com created two youtube tutorials which you can check out here: part 1 and part 2.)
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