Remember a while back when I showed you the perfect side table for our laundry room?
No? It’s been awhile….
Well shortly after I proclaimed my whole hearted love for the thing, I talked my welder hubby into making my own version with its own unique dimensions.
For starters, our laundry room is long and narrow. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice sized room, it’s just not very wide which makes it difficult for furniture. The last thing I need is to be putting clothes in the washer or pulling them out of the dryer and have my booty smack the table… not fun!
But to know that we could make a lovely table of our own had me smitten… and quite enthusiastic, I might add.
You know how much we love “wood grain”… I’m pretty sure Anthony has it engraved in his DNA! And we love us some metal….
Drum roll please…. here is our version of that lovely Pottery Barn table!
I’m completely whole heartedly in love with my table. I’m not kidding when I say that it is exactly what I envisioned in the laundry room! And to know that we made everything from scratch, well that’s just the delicious cherry and sprinkle part on top!
Plus, Anthony gets just as much of a thrill out of it knowing that he put one of his many skills to work building it: welding!
Here’s how we made it:
First, I drew up a sketch with the dimensions. He ordered the material at work and did his weldin’ thang. I was zero help during this stage.
Well, I guess I can’t say that… I did bug him incessantly about when he would have it finished…
A little while later he brought home the table frame:
While he had it at the shop, he gave it a serious sanding, so all I had to do was clean it and paint it. I can do that!
I did a little research and discovered that The Handmade Home had already found a nice paint combination to make the metal have an aged appearance. So, I went with that.
First, I gave it a coat of the primer…
Then followed it up with a coat of the dark metallic color…
And followed that up with a light coat of the dark textured spray paint. It gave it a nice “aged” look.
I let the stand dry and moved on to the wood top.
Lucky me, Anthony has a buddy who works at the local saw mill. I was able to give him the dimensions for a 3″ thick x 12″ wide x 4 ft long pine board. He cut it to size and then because it was a “rough” saw blade cut, we had another friend (who works at the local cabinet shop) shape it and smooth it up with a machine at work.
I could have kept the board with the original saw blade cut, but I would have been sanding it for days. It was rough!
I was left with a perfectly smooth and square board. It was lovely. But I knew I wanted it to look aged, so I grabbed a razor blade and started cutting sections to make it look old.
Once it was roughed up a bit, I started on the top.
Using a hammer and nail sinker, I wacked the top of the board…
I didn’t have a specific plan for roughing it up. I just hammer the top, using the nail setter to make holes and used one side of the hook end of the hammer to make slash marks.
After that, I wiped the board down and grabbed my go- to stain:
I gave it a couple of heavy coats… and made sure to fill every hole and hammer spot with stain…
Once the stain was dry, I sprayed on several coats of this:
I let that dry over night.
The next day we attached the top and bottom with a few screws and moved it inside.
I am totally smitten. I walk by just to stare at it.
WE made this! A-mazing!
The combination of the thick wood top and metal sides had me at hello…
I looove the ladder sides!
The top board does look old!
I’m loving this table! It’s the perfect height and width. I can easily bend over to do laundry without worrying about bumping the table. Plus, it looks sooo good! AND completely custom!
Now let’s talk about the price difference… because it’s amazing!
The original Pottery Barn table was priced at $1,099.
Our table cost us about $45. Yes. $45. Here’s the breakdown:
Metal: Around $30
3 Cans of Spray Paint: $15
Stain: FREE, on hand
Clear Satin: FREE, on hand
HAPPINESS is probably a bit of an understatement. It’s more like: I love it sooo much. Can we move my bed next to it? I’ll do laundry every day to see it! You need that washed? NO problem! I’m your gal!
That might sum it up…
Now that the table is done, I’ve lost my laundry sorter and we need to make crates for underneath the washer & dryer. I’ve already got a sketch drawn and I’m ready to get buildin’…!
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