Greetings and salutations everyone, I am so excited the warmer weather is finally here. I spent the day Friday working on a few projects that have been bottle necking on me because of the cold weather.
I had Good Friday off and my plan was just to put on some work clothes after breakfast and finish a project or two and then back inside by the afternoon for some house work. Looking back that may have been a bit ambitious, because I didn’t drive the last screw into a board until nearly 8 o’clock Friday evening. All I can say is I thank my lucky stars I have an understanding husband.
I started by working on the top for a night stand project for my nephew’s room. This was a file cart that I rescued from the curb in my neighborhood to narrowly avoid what was sure to be a terrible fate at a land fill.
At the first sign of warmer weather I spent the day spray painting several pieces. I disassembled the cart and gave it a good wash down.
I searched high and low for inspiration on what to use for the top. I thought about melamine shelving, or a plywood top decoupaged with some kind of pirate map, but I wanted this to grow with him as he gets into the "tween" years. So I decided on a wood top that I could stain. Now sit down for my confession y’all because they may revoke my blogging card after this. I didn’t make the top myself. I chickened out of using my Kreg Jig and went for the premade table top section at the Lowe’s.
I then cut two pieces of 1x2 that I used to create two rails that I screwed to the underside of the table to drop down inside the cart and hold the table top in place.
I decided on a white wash finish. I wanted to be able to see the wood grain, and have something that would pop against his red walls. I mixed some trim paint that I had on hand with equal parts water and brushed the finish on the underside of the table top to determine if this was what I was looking for.
When the paint was dry I gave the top a light sanding and put on several coats of a Wipe-On Poly. I lightly sanded between each coat, and applied 5 or 6 coats.
I absolutely love how the wood grain really came through. This is going on my list of favorite techniques.
Here is his bedside table all finished in my carport. I can’t wait to get everything in his room.
I know the 6 year old doesn’t read this blog so I would show you the lamp I purchased to go on this table in his pirate bedroom. But his mom has a Marta On A Mission icon on her iPad so I shouldn't risk it. You'll just have to come back and see the room all put together. I have a few more projects to complete before the reveal.
UPDATE: Here is the finished project in its new home.
We were all really pleased with how it turned out. Especially our kindergartener.