Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Look What I Can Do...

Finding and sorting pictures for remodel posts of each room is going to take some time. In the interim I thought I'd post a write up of a project the I did after the remodel was complete. 

When the den was finished we decided to use a small media shelf as a temporary console table.  The plan was to find a piece of furniture that we both loved which would fit the space.  After about a year of looking I'd had enough.  I figured I'd just build one myself; nevermind the fact that I had no experience building furniture.  Not really knowing where to begin I turned to my most trusted advisor.

I came across Ana White's blog Knock-off Wood, and based my console table loosely upon her plans for the Tao media cabinet.  Ana's plans were easy to follow and adapt; building the piece went quickly.  I think that it was assembled, with help for The Boy and his Daddy, in two evenings after work.  Finishing it was another story. It took almost a week to finish.  After sanding everything smooth, two coats of Lamp Black Milk Paint were applied, followed by a coat of PolyAcrylic and two coats of Brick Red Milk PaintOnce the second coat of red paint was dry it was time to get out more sandpaper.  Since the console table was going to live in our den, my husband and I decided that we wanted it to look very distressed to help hide any damage that The Boy was sure to inflict.  Once we'd achieved the level of distressing we wanted we clear coated the console table again (and again, and again) with PolyAcrylic.  We figured that three coats should help keep The Boy from destroying the finish too quickly.

Overall we're pretty happy with how it turned out.  We're able to hide DVDs, a Wii and the plethora of Wii accessories that The Boy and his Daddy need as well as an abundance of other TV/Internet related junk.  This was also our first experience with milk paint, and I have to say I've been extremely impressed. Even with an incredibly active little boy running around, the paint hasn't gouged or scrapped.  There has been virtually no wear and the finish had not needed any touch-ups.  (You'd be impressed if you could see the way The Boy treats furniture!) 

Here is the completed console table/media cabinet...

Ignore my horrible photography skills.  Maybe I'll work on them once I finish grad school.

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  1. I love it and the paint color!

  2. Great piece! My boys are also somewhat abusive to our furniture. I'll have to check out milk paint.

  3. Krystle, I'm so impressed you made this console! I LOVE the color!

  4. Wow! I suddenly NEED a red console table in my house! I LOVE it!

  5. It's gorgeous! Love the finishing! I hope you stop by my linky party tomorrow and share! http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

  6. that turned out great. i love the look and the paint.
    ive never used milk paint. now i want to try it on something.

  7. Thanks so much for linking up!

  8. Krystle - Your media cabinet is simply fabulous. Love the color! Fantastic job - it looks amazing! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I'll be featuring this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  9. Hi Krystle!
    I am new to your site, got here from your link on Ana White's page...I am LOVING this red console table, but am new to the woodworks and can't imagine how you got your design from the one listed on her site...?? Did you by any chance make plans or measurements for this? I would absolutely love if you can share them! I love the small sides you added and would appreciate any input you could give me!

    emalm DOT em AT gmail DOT com

  10. This is great! It looks like something I would look at in World Market! I can't believe you built that by yourself! I have plans for building a bookcase in the next few months.. you make my project seem easier! ;)

  11. This looks amazing! wow what a creation. Love the red, old look

  12. I am loving this. If you would I so would buy it from you. I guess I will just have to console my self with trying to make one of my own.