Since I am planning on having my Faux Barn Wood Tutorial posted on either Monday or Tuesday of this next week, I thought it would be good to cover the actual construction of my new worktable for our Blogger's Office Makeover, beforehand!
So here's how we went about building this custom worktable:
If you remember from our earlier post, we bought these great ALEX Ikea drawer sets first, assembled them and set them on a platform.
After that, we cut some high quality plywood for the top and sides to make the unit appear that it was one cohesive piece. We held the two drawer units with clamps to help them stay straight and then secured everything to the 2x4 platform with drywall screws.
Next we added a couple of dividers to the table, so that I could have extra storage for baskets.
After the "shell" of the table was finished, I filled all the screw holes with putty, and sanded my little heart out.
Once everything was sanded smooth I got to painting! Let me tell ya that plywood literally SOAKS up paint like you wouldn't believe, so I did 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of semi-gloss white, to make sure that I had really good coverage.
Next we had to assemble the actual work TOP of the table. For this we chose a bunch of 1x6 inch pine boards. You can get them at ANY hardware store for only about $3-$4 a piece.
My Dad's "super tools" came in handy with this next portion of the project, because we had to glue the boards together and them clamp them tight while we screwed them down.
(the large red and silver tools are huge clamps)
Since I was going for a Faux Barn Wood type look for this tabletop, I knew I needed to add a little extra character to the wood, but couldn't think of anything really special, besides just distressing it. But thanks to my Dad, and his creative geniuses, during a quick stop to the hardware store for screws he spotted these flat head wooden plugs. We decided that we would drill a few lines of holes in the wood to make it look even more rustic!
It worked like a charm!
We added a drop of wood glue in each little hole before we placed the plugs in, and then trimmed out the edges of the tabletop with some additional wood, to finish off the whole thing.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
So as you can see above, some of the pegs were sticking up a bit high, so that's when my Mom and I got to work :) I talked about this more in my last post about the table, but basically, to get the tabletop ready for paint, we had to sand, sand, sand... or and did I mention, sand!?
Even though I was going to be beating up the table a bit, and making it LOOK old, I still wanted a really smooth surface to be able to work on. I didn't want papers, fabric or other things catching on pegs or uneven wood.
Even though the sanding and paint prepping process took some time, it will be well worth it (especially if you decide to stain the table top, instead of paint it). I honestly adore the way that this piece is turning out, and am already in love with those great Ikea drawers that are currently housing lots of my crafting supplies :)
Like I mentioned earlier, this next week I'll be sharing my Faux Barn Wood Painting Tutorial (that I did on the top of the worktable) and also start telling you a little more about what we'll be doing ABOVE the worktable, on that big blank wall!
Oh, and PS...
You know my post that I did a while back about keeping a few "secrets" from you guys, and how I felt kinda bad about it, but told you I would disclose them as soon as I was allowed?
Well, if you're home tonight around 7pm (or 5pm my time) you may or may not catch us on a little channel called HGTV, with my cute, new friend Sabrina Soto! We were asked to be part of one of her specials called... are you ready for it... CLEAN FREAKS. haha! Yup, that's what having a REALLY organized pantry will get ya.
I'll be talking more about this next week, but I just wanted to give you a heads up, because we just found out today that it was airing.