Do you remember the dated desks that we were given? Have you been following along, waiting to see the final project we made? Keep reading, because today is the day, we are sharing how we made an entryway console table out of the left over scraps of the desks.
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Supplies and Tool Lists:
- desk frame
- 1/4″ plywood
- reclaimed wood planks
- wood glue
- Black medium-thick instant adhesive
- Chalk paint
- Danish Oil
- scrap wood pieces
- wood filler
- Odorless mineral spirits
- lint free rags
- Odies Oil
- tape measure
- miter saw
- random orbital sander
- 120, 220 & 320 grit sanding disks
- Circular saw
- Finish nailer & nails
After removing the desk legs, drawers and tops, I decided how deep I wanted the table. Measuring from the front and from the rear, I marked how much of the of the center, on the base and sides I needed to cut out.
This required two cuts on each side, as well as the supports for the drawers. Putting the legs back on, I applied wood glue to the ends that would be connected, clamped them together and used some scrap wood as bracing on the inside. Then allow the glue to dry completely before taking the clamps off and moving on to the next steps.
Filling in the Cracks:
When the glue was dry, I placed wood filler across the seams to join the two halves together. This was done on each side. Allow the wood filler to dry completely, then sand it smooth with the orbital sander.
The desk originally had a drawer on each side of it. I wasn’t planning on having functional drawers, so I took the front off of one drawer and used wood glue to glue it to the table covering the original hole for the drawer. On the opposite side, I kept the drawer intact and secured it in place. This will allow making it functional in the future if I decide too.
At this point, I measured the top, used my table saw to trim a piece of 1/4″ plywood to fit. The desk legs are Queen Anne style and curve out, away from the piece, because I want this tabletop to sit flush against the wall, I left two extra inches on the backside. That way both the table top and the legs will be against the wall.
Topping It Off:
Now comes the fun part. I had a bunch of reclaimed wood pieces that were different lengths, widths and depths. I wanted to arrange these in a chevron/herringbone pattern for the top. I began using my table saw to trim them all down to the same width. Once that was complete, I cut them to approximate needed length, leaving a few extra inches. Next, I sent them through the planer. Some were a little thicker than others so they took a few passes through the planer.
When I was happy with the arrangement, I applied wood glue to the bottom of each piece and placed them down on the plywood base. Using some scrap wood and clamps create a press until the glue is dry. Using the circular saw, trim the top pieces to match the edges of the 1/4″ plywood. Then using some leftover wood from a previous project, I used the table saw to create a trim around the top edges. Attach the wood trim with wood glue and 1 1/8″ finish nails.
At this point the table top was completely assembled and ready to finish. Some of this older wood used for the top had some cracks and knots. Applying Black Medium-Thick Adhesive (which you can find at your local hardware or home improvement store) I filled these cracks and blemishes, then sanded the entire table top smooth.
The Nitty Gritty:
On the top I started with 120-grit sandpaper, then 220-grit and finished with the 320-grit on the orbital sander. With the sanding complete, I wiped the whole top down using mineral spirits and a lint free rag. Mineral spirits is a great product to use because it doesn’t raise the grain in your wood like water does. I always allow the wood to dry completely. Make sure you are reading and following the directions on any product you use.
Staining, Painting and Sealing:
Apply the Danish Oil with another lint free cloth, make sure not to use the same cloth that you used for the mineral spirits. As soon as the Danish Oil was dry I applied a coat of Odies Oil, waited 2 hours then buffed off any excess oil.
For the base of the console table, I applied 3 coats of farmhouse white chalk paint to the legs and frame. I like to let each coat set 6-8 hours before adding another coat. If you are in a hurry I would suggest letting the first coat cure over night and then any additional coats of paint you can add as soon as they are dry and no longer tacky. This largely depends on the weather and temperature- if painting in a garage or shed that is not climate controlled. I personally like the distressed look, so after the paint is dry, I use sand paper and sand distress spots that are in high traffic areas on the piece. Wipe away all the dust from sanding, then add a coat of clear wax to seal the paint. When everything is dry, I placed the top on the base and secured it with 1″ screws.
Ta Da! The Finished Look!
It’s been a fun addition to our entryway. Since moving from our rental house to our fixer upper, this table has graced our entryway, our living room and now sits at the end of our bed. It will eventually move to the basement family room, but I don’t want it to get ruined during renovations so it sits at the end of our bed. I really like it there. Did you miss the wood trays we made out of the desk tops? You can see that post here: https://therefininghome.com/diy wood trays
We do have enough materials left over to make one more console table. Because we used materials we had on hand from other projects and repurposed old furniture, this project was fairly inexpensive. Showing you how to take one thing and make something completely different out of it has been a fun challenge for us. As well as the challenge of using almost everything from what we had on hand. We did purchase the screws and we ran out of clear wax seal and those were our only out of pocket money for this project. We think it pays to rescue old, dated and sometimes even worn out furniture and wood. We do sell some of our projects but right now we are using everything towards this fixer upper and making it shine again.
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Joleen & Jess