The Table Under the Map

Monday, August 22, 2016

In the transition area between our hallway, living room and dining room we have this little alcove.  It's a cute little spot that I chose for my pallet map art not long ago.

But it needed more.  I had originally hoped for an antique buffet table that could sit here, but the empty space started bothering me before I could find an acceptable piece to refinish.  I also loved this DIY vintage desk idea, but thought it looked a little more bulky and complicated than what I needed.   Then, while putting the finishing touches on our tv console, I stumbled across this simple but similar idea on none other than

There was actually a sneak peak of it in my last post on the entertainment center that Andrew built for me, because I painted them at the same time.

I liked the idea of using a solid piece of pre-cut stainable plywood for the top, so we picked a top that would fit the space well and then made the base to fit the top with a nice overhang.  The top piece is 16" x 48" and the base is 14" x 46", which allows for a 1" overhang on all sides.

Notice we added a shelf on the bottom to use for storage because I desperately need a place to corral toys and other baby stuff.  For the shelf we used 1x3s ran lengthwise and nailed right on top of the bottom supports, gapping them to fit the width.

So my final cut list looked like this:
 A) 4 - 1x3 @ 29 1/4" (Fronts and Backs of the Legs) 
 B) 4 - 1x2 @ 29 1/4" (Sides of the Legs) 
 C) 2 - 1x3 @ 12 1/2" (Side Support) 
 D) 1 - 1x2 @ 43" (Stretcher) 
 E) I did not use because of bottom shelf
 F) 2 - 1x4 @ 12 1/2" (Side Apron) 
 G) 2 - 1x4 @ 43" (Front and Back Apron) 
 H) I) & J) are all top pieces which I omitted in exchange for a solid pine table top 16" x48"
 K) 4 - 1x3 @44 1/2" (bottom shelf planks)

My crazy girls :)

Glorious toy storage!  I love using these file crates for storing all kinds of things around the house.  They are cheap and super functional, and they look decent enough.  Plus, they seem to fit in all kinds of places, which makes them even better - see how three of them fit exactly PERFECTLY on that bottom shelf?  I didn't even plan that.  The littles can easily pull the baskets out, dump them all over the place, and then it takes me under five minutes to scoop all the toys back into them at the end of the day.  Can't ask for much more than that!

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