Let’s talk a little more about my wedgie and how I picked it. I know you love my opening lines. Just admit it.
When I introduced the Great Switcheroo, I told yall that this area is the wedgie in my life. It is so annoying and just jammed packed with junk. It is technically part of the living room but we don’t see it if we are actually sitting in the living room. That doesn’t make sense but it’s true. You do see it when you enter the room though. It’s the first thing. It’s like in-your-face-kids-live-here-evidence.
Since my plan was to move all these toys (and many many MANY more into one area – my old office aka the future playroom) I decided that it was time to tackle this space and make it a little more functional. Enter mommy’s magic word – STORAGE.
The plan was to build a storage console table. Something that would run almost the entire length of the back of the couch. Something grown up. Something not every color of the rainbow or sings the ABCs. And now we actually have just that.
The process was not hard. We hacked an Ana White plan. It was the Rustic X-console table and it is primarily made of 2×4’s and 2×2’s. We tweaked the cuts a little bit so that the table would be a smidge taller and be not quite as rustic.
Rustic is really fun and kid friendly but in our house, we have to use it in smaller doses. I would rather have cleaner lines and a rustic finish because then the lines of the furniture goes with our moldings and the finish will be close to indestructible. So what we did was do our own cuts and then followed the construction instructions of Ana’s plan skipping the X’s on the ends (I think that was step 4?).
I told Jeremy that since this piece would be primarily viewed from the side that it would look really cluttered and busy if we left it open and plain…and then I batted my eyelashes while holding a plate of cookies and I asked if he could put solid end pieces in closing it all off.
Of course, no man can resist that kind of sweetness, so he got to work. My hero 🙂 There was some leftover 1×12 from the shelving part of the table so the plan was to cut it to size and trim it out.
This would have been scrap wood anyway so it was great to use it!
We used some 1×1’s to cut pieces to trim out the 1×12.
The 1×12 just got wedged in there. Jeremy used a rubber mallet to fit it in nice and tight. For the trim, it just took a little glue.
Those pieces were clamped onto it while it dried.
This is where it gets a little hairy. I thought that it would be nice to have two drawers in the top two sections of the console table. Closed storage. Spot for random living room stuff. Another place to hide candy.
So I spent the better part of a weekend cutting and assembling them.
I trimmed it out and popped it in and literally I heard boos and hisses. I may have seen a random tomato being thrown. It just looked weird.
The drawer was way too bulky for the table…I blame the front 1×3’s. While the side looked finished and scale appropriate, the drawers looked like they belonged in a kid’s storage space. I quickly removed them…cursed the money I spent…and decided to just go with the original console.
Then came finishing time. The whole table got sanded a couple of times with 80, 120, and 200 grit. Then I used a can of old Alkyd paint to give it a nice warm gray color. This was Sherwin Williams Amherst Gray. I had gotten the paint originally to do my kitchen island and that was an epic fail on that finish. This however, was amazing. The raw wood sucked it up but after two coats, it looked amazing.
Side note…see what is in that kid’s mouth? It’s me…I’m totally wrapped around his fingers.
After the paint, I sanded the edges and corners with 80 grit and then used Rustoleum’s Kona stain to rub it all over. When you do this, it takes some serious elbow grease to get the excess off but I think the finish is worth it. Three coats of Polycrylic later, it is looking pretty fly for a gray guy.
I put a bunch of my junk on it. I went with things that would take a little more time to destroy. Weston is up for that challenge but in general, these things are not as breakable.
The ends were just perfect. I love the closed ends because they make it appear less cluttered.
The other thing I love is the fact that now the sofa people have a place to put their drinks. Sofa people sounds funny. Like a bunch of people who live in sofa’s. Sofa hobbits.
It doesn’t really obstruct the view to the nooks in the living room…but I imagine down the line when the boys get less rowdy (ya know, when they turn 30), I would love a couple of more-precious lamps on the top of the table. For now I just use my goodwill lamp. It adds a little balance at night because this side of the room doesn’t have any lamp-lighting.
Although it would have been nice to have closed storage in this table, I honestly feel like it was the best decision to nix the drawers.
Besides…this just means that we can build something with closed storage on the wall with the big map. I’m thinking a huge unit that can hold ALL my random non-seasonal décor items. That would be an awesome thing to have. I think I would need a REALLY big plate of cookies to convince Jeremy of that one 🙂
Ok – so mark this little spot off the list. The toys are out, the grownups are in. Off to bake those cookies!
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