Because this was a random board, I had to deal with whatever size of the table I could get. So I am a problem solver and cut two legs that were 30 inches long. That left me with a 28 inch top for the table. The board had a width of 7 inches.
Front porch simple console table
I am fortunate enough that each day this small site is getting more and more readers. This is exciting for so many reasons. With that being said, the newbies are still getting to know me. My longer term readers are familiar with my random and spur of the moment ideas. I am a type A personality with a procrastination complex. I love to over plan and think of all scenario’s, but I also do things on a whim. I won’t claim to know what is going on with me, I am a walking contradiction, and the way I decorate my home is no different. I have been known to plan something down to the last door knob, or do a gallery wall 20 minutes before guests arrive. This past weekend was no different. On the eve of Gavin’s birthday party I decided to re arrange my front porch area. In doing so I realized I had a empty porch. This is how I found myself in the garage, with a saw at 9pm at night. Making a simple console table for my front porch.
I had this long and thin board in my garage. I will preface this whole project and say that I spent nothing on it, Dale shouted in glee because of this. However, our garage is so stocked with wood, paint, nails, screw’s, and serious power tools that if we leave the garage door open people show up and begin perusing what they assume is a garage sale. And we happily begin taking their money. Kidding. Sort of….
The table will have slightly longer legs than the table top. But, not too much which will make it top heavy. I decided to make the table look a little more “planned” and “professional”. I needed to up my building game. I did this by creating a super fancy corner to the table. Making the corners have a 45 degree angle. This allows the corners of the table to meet up and be sitting evenly.
I achieve the 45 by lining the edge up to the mitre saw which is tipped to the 45 degree angle. The biggest helpful hint I can say is to use a clamp on the board, as shown in the picture above. This helps the board to not slide. So that you can have a clean cut.
I did a 45 on both ends of the top board, and one end of both the legs. This gives the corners a snug fit, and gives me my very professional looking appearance.
I used a air nailer into the top edges. Nailing the top to the sides. This table could be done, however with it being a outside piece of furniture I wanted to make it sturdy. We get a lot of strong winds whipping through in summer here in Wisconsin. So the plan was to add some other boards to the front and the back to help the legs stay put.
Again, I used random boards to put on the front and the back to the table. I cut them down to size and nailed them in.
Nailing along where the boards meet.
With the boards being mis-sized I planned to have the larger board be the front and the smaller board be the back. This really just comes down to preference. I liked the bulkier look to it.
Now, here is the part where my slacker self took over. I got the job done. I have the pictures to prove it. I did not however take pictures of the painting process. It is pretty basic. I used a leftover paint from our kitchen mini remodel. It is a light green, almost mint-like green. I did two coats of it. After that I was done! It was 10:30 at night and I still needed to do some prep for Gavin’s birthday party. The next part was waiting for paint to dry with this project. Luckily I was preoccupied with my long to do list to be thinking the paint was taking a while to dry.
I let it dry in the living room all night. My kid’s woke up the following morning, with this table sitting in the middle of the living room. None of them even flinched at it. No questions, no wondering what was going on, nothing, nada, zip. Just a normal Saturday morning here at Our home.
I put it on the porch, and it fit perfectly. I was worried the color of it would be too bland, not stand out enough. But, with the other accessories being bright (which you get a peek of) this was the subtle addition that was needed. Also, the paint was already in my home, so paid for. That my friends is a decorating double whammy. Good color, and free.
I will be sharing my fun and simple front porch revamp on Friday. I worry I am talking it up more than it deserves. I did do a lot to it, but it was all so easy and small. However, we all need simple and easy in our life. This small porch revamp is just what is needed to up my front porch game.
With the addition of some small accessories I had around the house, this simple console table is done. I set it up and was ready to welcome family for the birthday party. I work well under pressure, I laugh in the face of… spur of the moment decor. This table is a good example of something that can make a space, without a lot of work. If I were to guess, buying the supplies new for it would have been at the most $20. Still really manageable, and worth it!
Are you a plan it out to the last detail? Or do you walk on the wild side and let randomness take over when it comes to decorating? I think bringing up walking on the wild side and home decorating go hand in hand. We get crazy over here with decorating. Watch out now!