Our foyer needed a little something to make it more “stylish”. I wanted a narrow table along this wall for lamps and holiday decorating.
Our TV is above the mantel (see here
) so this ledge will be fun to switch around accessories for the seasons.
Here’s how it all started out:
I found these deck posts in the lumber department for under $8 each. They are perfect for legs.
Cut 2″ off the top and 4″ off the bottom.
Turn them upside down for decorative leg posts.
I cut the ones for the back side in half lengthwise because my table is going to be very narrow (8″ deep).
I used wood glue and my nail gun to put pieces together as I went.
I also use corner brackets to keep the table nice and sturdy.
I design the thing as I go….
With a drill, screws, corner brackets, a table saw, miter saw, nail gun and air compressor – you can make anything!
I grabbed an old window that was missing the glass for the center piece.
Now to paint it. What do I have on hand?
I mixed some grey left over paint with white wall paint and chalkboard paint. I lightly coated the wood table on most areas but tried to leave a lot of wood showing – I want it really worn looking. The key is to keep your paint sheer.
Then use the scraping method with a Spackle knife to remove any thick painted areas. An easy distressing technique – your paint doesn’t even have to be all the way dry.
Scraped paint…I love it!
Once the table paint is dry, get an old sock. I use a rubber glove and then put the old sock over my glove and dip my hand into ebony stain and rub a light coat of stain all over the table – even on the painted areas.
Wipe any excess stain off with an old t-shirt or a dry sock once the table is covered completely in stain.
I am not going to use polyurethane over this because I may want to change the color some time in the future. I won’t have to sand too much when I decide to paint it again if I don’t use poly. I do prefer the look of a sealed piece in a satin or flat polyurethane, though.
Since this table is heavy, long and narrow it has potential to fall forward in this high traffic area. I used a corner bracket to screw it into a wall stud.
I added some hooks for keys.
They don’t match…on purpose.
After searching several stores for buffet lamps with skinny enough shades for my table ledge – I ended up buying these at WalMart for $10 each. Perfect size!