Archive for November, 2012

Entry Table

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I was inspired by this post by Gail at My Repurposed Life to create a table for my entry way. I have had a singer sewing base for some time without a top, and so I have been searching for a solution that would fit nicely in the entry. I went to my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found a great pair of louvered shutters. I searched for the right sized cabinet door and found a beautiful floor model with a bead board center… but there was a problem. I could only find one door of that size. I searched the ReStore for at least half an hour, and I *finally* found a matching door buried under a lot of other cabinet doors.

When I got the shutters and cabinet doors home, I used my pocket hole jig to put holes in the ends of the shutters and in the edges of the shutters and cabinet doors to attach the top.

I spray painted the table apron a similar color to the original color of the shutter, but now the cabinet doors match the  shutters. I then created a top from one by fours and pockets holes and then I did a dry fit to ensure that the top would fit on the base.

I started staining the top with a rub on stain. I put the stain on the top, but then the extra stain wouldn’t rub off the top like it should have, and I couldn’t see the the grain of the wood like I had hoped. I waited for the stain to dry and then sanded off the stain that I could. Then I used a polystain from minwax to restain the top again. The result was a rustic appearing wood finish (please excuse my poor excuse for sawhorses, I used what lumber I had available).

After the polystain dried, I attached the stained table top to the shutters. I attached two by fours to the interior of the table apron and used those as a base to attach the table to the Singer sewing machine base.

Not much of a tutorial, but I hope you like the finished project! Since my entry hall is right across from my formal dining room, I also plan for this to double as a buffet for large family gatherings.

Jennifer

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