Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easiest Side Table Ever!

So, as promised, I have a little tutorial on how to make the easiset, fastest and cheapest side table in the history of the world.

To refresh your memory, here's the finished product:

And a closer look:

First up, gather everything you need. Which turns out to be three things....

1. Wire fencing
2. Wire cutters
3. Round piece of wood.

Decide the circumfrence and height of the table that works best for your spot. Keep in mind that if the table is too small around it could be a little wobbly. We're going for sturdy!

Once you've decided how big the table will be, extend your mesurements by one section.  You'll use the extra section to keep the table closed and support your top. Cut the fencing so there are pieces of wire sticking out that you can bend. Now, bend the fencing into your table base and then bend the extra wire around to secure the table, like this:

See how the wire is bent around to keep the entire frame closed? 

Next, bend the excess wire at the top of the table inward in order to support the top.

It just so happens that my husband had hoarded a wine barrel top. It was the perfect size so I just slapped it on there.  But Home Depot and Lowes both sell round pieces of wood that can be primed or stained. Just make sure that they're the right size for you table.

I loved the look of the table without the driftwood, but it's really cool jammed with the worn wood that's just laying around our property.

The final product.

So, so easy!


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Monday, March 4, 2013

A Few Quick Projects.

Here are a few things I've been doing around this place recently.


I made a couple quick pillows using this tutorial. I found a couple of sweaters at Goodwill for two dollars each and cut them out to fit the pillow inserts I had on hand. They are perfect for winter and cost about 5 bucks each.

I did a little back deck makeover. I needed a side table so.....I made one! Details to follow.

Next up......we went from this:

To this:

Having trouble spotting the difference? Look up.  We replaced the hideous ceiling fan with pot lights.  I'd love to say that I worked up the courage to cut holes in the ceiling myself, but this is one projects we didn't DIY. 
The difference is amazing. The room has soooo much light and when I sit on the couch I don't feel like I'm about to be crushed to death by the ceiling fan. Worth. Every. Penny.

That's a wrap-up of a few small things I've done around here.  More to come.....


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