Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I built a table.

My riveting post titles keep you coming back for more, eh?

Anyway, las week, I built a table for the studio. I was headed out to buy some salvaged wood from the Atlanta Salvage Outlet (I think that's what it's called - it's off Howell Mill), when I drove by a house that was being renovated in Grant Park. I saw a beautiful piece of chippy yellow wood sitting out by the road, so I immediately pulled over. Turned out, they had tons of long panel-like pieces of wood that they were getting rid of, and let me have. Yes! I'm sure construction workers think I'm crazy.

I also had these metal legs from a table that I bought from a thrift store for $10. The table was one of those mix-and-match Ikea ones, so I was able to easily remove the legs.

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Here is a photo of that lovely chippy salvaged wood -- isn't it awesome? It was the exterior of the house, and you can see lots of layers of different colors that the house was painted over the years. It's also cool to build a table with salvaged wood from Grant Park, because it's where I live. Grant Park has tons and tons of beautiful old "storybook" homes.

When I got back to the studio, I laid them out on the ground, and figured out a pattern and size that I liked.
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I wanted the table to be ten feet long, so I measured the pieces, and cut the wood accordingly.
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I just laid all my wooden pieces out horizontally, then cut shorter pieces of wood and nailed them vertically all down the bottom of the table. I hope that makes sense!
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As you know, I am NO furniture-builder, but it came out sturdy enough (I wouldn't necessarily recommend sitting on it...). It's going to hold brushes and supplies, and generally just be a long desk for the studio.

Here she is!
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19 comments:

  1. your table is awesome! great way to use reclaimed wood. i've been following you for a while, love seeing all the work you are doing!

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  2. I don't know if I've ever loved a table so much before! It is PERFECT. I need to see the potential in scraps like you do.

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  3. I love salvaged wood! This is very cool, and I like how easy it was to make. Heck, I could probably do it...

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  4. you are AMAZINGLY talented!

    i have been reading for a while but never commented before. every day i am in awe of how creative you are. i love reading your posts!

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  5. LOVE the reclaimed wood! reminded on this amazing blog i stumbled upon a few weeks ago - she drove across the country collecting old wood to build a whole restaurant, including tables - and is just setting off to do it again! http://brooklyntowest.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love it! It totally fits the vibe of the place and if you spill something on it, who cares as it just adds character!!!!

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  7. this. is. cool. I think I need to get out there and look for salvaged wood. Love it!

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  8. Awesome! I love the mismatched wood and the chipped yellow! Very fun!

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  9. Think I'm gonna have to copy this...

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  10. Gorgeous -- what a fantastic job :)

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi
    Yes, what a great idea! I'm not clear on the nailing part. I am such a visual learner. It would have been great had you posted a photo of you nailing! Can you explain the nailing in a different way for me? I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

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  12. anon- i just used pieces of wood to nail on in the opposite direction as the top pieces, just to create a base for them. kind of hard to describe! sorry i don't have pics - i just figured it out as i went along!

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  13. This table is awesome! I'd love you to link up at my Reclaimed Wood themed party!
    http://BurlapAndDenim.com/2012/03/party-on-mondays-3-reclaimed-wood

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