Isn't it cute?! Well it wasn't a totally perfect success I made the stupidest mistake and I was so mad at myself, but despite my fail, and my attempt to fix it, I still love it.
Before I tell you about my mess up, let's start at the very beginning...
About a year ago I saw this baby in someone's trash and it was, well....pretty trashed! I brought it home and thought I would have a go at fixing it. It couldn't hurt right? One leg was totally cracked so I glued it back together first and then fit the rest together with glue as well.
This is what it has looked like for the past year, and it has been hard at work doing it's job...
...holding a printer. So, when I was at the computer last thursday I looked over and thought, "I should really build a lower shelf for that table so my cricut has a spot besides on the floor...and since it was a nice day I went out and did it! Doesn't it look better?
I used all scrap wood on this project, so it was FREE!!! The piece of wood I used for supports was pretty small and it was the closest I could get to the size of the legs. I measured the distance between each leg and cut four pieces. I drilled pocket holes and attached them using a level to make sure my shelf would be flat.
Did you notice that this table has been repaired before? The whole top had been been glued back together, that is probably why when it broke again they just trashed it! Well I am happy they did!
Once I had my supports on, I found some scraps and cut them for the shelf. I just eyeballed the notches (top left) and then using my friends jigsaw, I cut the notches out! Perfect fit!
Then I added glue to the supports, set the boards on top, and nailed them down!
At this point I thought I was done and brought it inside. I was going to paint it and maybe do a stencil as well but I thought the top needed something...
I didn't have enough 3/4 inch boards like I used on the bottom shelf, for the top...ah ha! I did have some 5 gallon paint sticks though...
I taped them all together with painters tape and cut them all at once! It worked really well, then I tried them out on the table to see if I liked it, yep! I did.
Since I had changed the top up and the crack wouldn't be seen I decided to stain the wood. I used dark walnut.
Then I went out and nailed on the paint sticks. This is where I totally messed up!!!! I just did the ends and it looked good. But I noticed the table top wasn't totally flat and the middle needed to be clamped down so there wouldn't be a gap.
My problem? I didn't have time to clamp it because it was my second son's birthday and we were having people over soon....So I thought why not just nail a row down the middle?
It would have been cute too....if I could nail in a straight line!!... arghhh it was totally crooked, but I just finished anyway, and I was so upset!!!!! I had just ruined the top (I will show you a picture in a minute, I didn't take any "in process" I was...in shock?)
So what did I do? I just started nailing like a kamikaze fiend!! My husband came out and, I think he was a little horrified! Well, to tell the truth, I was too!
After I nailed the heck out of it, I left it in the shed and went to my son's party in mourning. Ok, I wasn't that bad, but I was pretty disappointed in myself for trying finish in a rush.
I decided that my mistake would have to be a visual learning lesson and I went ahead and painted, distressed, and waxed it anyway...and you know what I actually like it!
No, really. I do.
Crooked line and all!
I have to laugh, because when my husband came out, and I was in nail gun overload, he said, "What are you doing?" Me, "I am trying to fix my mistake, I made the middle line crooked, so I am just nailing a random pattern every where." And he said, "Well you can still see the crooked line..." And he is right! Just goes to show my irrational thinking...what WAS I thinking?
So, lesson learned. DON'T DO THINGS IN A RUSH, It is always better to just wait and do it when you have the proper time.
And maybe this table wasn't meant to hold a printer and a cricut anyway...
It seems to cute now for that job.
And we had fun grabbing stuff to put on it...
So maybe, just maybe...
It might stay awhile, just like this!
Have you done any makeovers lately?
I love bringing something back to life! Trash to treasures are for sure a personal fav!
Thank you for stopping by! Hugs,
I will be linking to these parties.