Cross another goal off the list. The DIY Project Table is done-zo.
Ahh, the idea of having a home for my craftiness. Meaning I would not have to drag all of my gear out to the living room and take over the coffee table anymore? I like it. I am sure I am not the only one who has stared longingly at the Bedford Project Table from Pottery Barn. To put it in perspective, I'd be going from this:
So how to tackle this table in DIY world? I saw several good options online, from bookshelf ends to old doors for tops. My own spin on the table came to me while dismanteling my IKEA Malm bed at our old place. Knowing it wasn't going to survive the move, I assessed the headboard piece. I liked how wide it was, which would allow for plenty of workspace. The wheels started turning. . .
The next step involved figuring out what to use for the sides. I knew I wanted the table to be a bit higher off the ground, taller than a regular computer desk. I started searching for shelves that would hit at a little less than 40" but were also relatively inexpensive. With little luck, I figured I would have to settle for something a bit shorter when another idea we had solved two problems.
Our second bedroom was going to be the project table's home, but when we do have people stay with us we need some flexibility with the room to fit in a temporary bed. If we put the project table on wheels, we could move it over to one of the corners easily, creating some wide open space. One one of our IKEA trips we picked up 4 sets of casters and the Expedit shelves that would now be the perfect height. Taking into account the 2" thick tabletop, the workspace would end up at about 37" off the ground.
For months, the shelves sat holding all of my craft stuff against one wall in the second bedroom. Hosting family and friends several times since moving in last fall meant we haven't had the right window of time to dismantle the twin beds and start re-purposing the room.
While the beds worked well in our last place, they currently take up a little too much room - not even allowing us to pull out the chair to the desk where our future Mac mini will live.
So, the concession of losing a permanent guest bedroom is made up for in my mind by giving us a room we can use every day. We are still deciding our best option for a Queen-Sized bed: fancy aerobed? Murphy bed? Pull out couch? We'll start doing our research and see what comes out on top. My challenge with the pull out couch is how much room it will take up, but it would be nice to have some additional seating in the room.
Okay, back to the table! A couple weeks ago (basically after the behometh that was my rug project finished up), I flipped over the Expedit shelves and Bob helped me attach the wheels. We grabbed the headboard from our storage area where it has been collecting dust for six months and threw it on top. Can you already see it coming together?
Living in a condo in the city means having a space to work on major projects is limited. In particular, the task of spray painting a giant headboard. We headed out to my sister's house in the suburbs and took over their garage! A suburb trip was going to be necessary no matter what as you cannot buy spray paint in the city of Chicago. We scoured the shelves at Lowe's for the perfect glossy white and I thought we were in good shape with 1 primer and 2 bottles of white (I should also mention we were also spray painting an old shelf that weekend).
Apparantly, spray paint does not go very far when you have fairly large pieces! We had a couple return trips to the store over the next week as we realized this. It was also funny when we asked the Lowe's guy for suggestions on what type of spray paint to get and when he asked what we were painting I said, "IKEA" and he said something like, "oh, so fake crap?" Even after sanding, I think the material we were painting didn't take as well to the paint which made us use a lot more.
The headboard is one inch less wide than the Expedit shelves. To alleviate this gap, we picked up a 1"x2" piece of wood at Lowe's.
After cutting it to size length-wise, I was surprised to find that it was much less than 2" thick. Bob says that lumber will run that way. I say false advertising.
We screwed it onto the edge of the headboard, and in the end we like the gap that it creates on the "front" of the table.
Bob had originally suggested I cover the headboard with laminate to protect the surface and create a stronger work area, but after doing a little bit of research into cost of laminate and acrylic pieces and the implementation work that would be needed, I decided to just stick with painting it. I did not seal the top after spray painting, but would suggest doing so. It may be a future upgrade to the project. I have horrible spray painting form - Bob had to take over for me after awhile. I'll point to Young House Love's post on tips for good spray painting as opposed to sharing any of my own methods.
OttLite Task Lamp I received for Christmas and have not had a chance to use yet.
You can get a sneak peek of my DVD shelf turned craft shelf in the background of these photos. I love how the white pops against our blue walls. Stay tuned this week for a write up of that project!
2 Expedit Shelves - $80*
4 Expedit Casters - $60
Spray Paint and end wood piece for tabletop - @$10
*We did get the shelves and casters on an IKEA run where we used a $25 coupon from our recent move. However, we definitely bought a lot of other stuff to make up the difference!
Not bad considering the $1000 price tag on the Pottery Barn table!
The only thing left is to find a stool or high chair and we're good to go! Just in time to start putting together all of those wedding centerpieces. . .more on that later, but check out the bowl of yellow yarn balls on the tabletop to give you a hint!