I picked these legs up off the curb a couple years ago when I was out “treasure hunting” with my favorite treasure-hunting buddy and her mom. There was no table. Just the legs. I kinda thought I’d cut them down and use them for a bench (because I was looking for a bench at the time), but I ended up doing something else for the bench. I never got rid of the legs, though, because they take up very little space in the corner of the garage with the other wood stuff and I knew they’d be useful someday. (That totally sounds like a sentence a hoarder would type. I swear I’m not. I love to get rid of stuff too! I’ve already made two donation trips to the thrift store this year and it’s still February. And you can so totally maneuver about my
garage house. Ha.)
When we first moved here, we plopped the TV down on the fireplace hearth.
I was thinking that we’d put it over the mantel. And then I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The mantel isn’t deep enough for the TV base, so it would have to be hung. We bought a bracket thingy and then never used it. I couldn’t do it.
The wood is in excellent condition. It’s not my favorite color, but it’s very high-end woodwork. If it was just drywall, we’d hang it in a heartbeat. But the bracket thing would destroy this wood. It would never be the same.
I tried to talk myself into it several times, but it can’t be undone. If it was drywall, I could patch it and paint it. No big deal deal. But to fix the wood, I’d have to fill it with wood filler and then try to match the stain which would be difficult. Even if I did match the color, it would still be obvious because the grain is so apparent and it would be a big, solid spot of filler.
So then I kept thinking, well, if I want to paint the wood then it wouldn’t matter as much to patch it someday. But then that was a whole ‘nother (that’s totally improper, but it’s how we talk, y’all) debate I was having with myself. I was totally paralyzed.
I was starting to think that the TV would be permanently housed on the hearth. That’s not classy. And what if we want a fire someday? I used to always use my fireplace. That’s another issue altogether since the gas line needs repaired. I hate wood fires indoors.
When I moved the card catalog from near the front door to across the room by the craft table, it freed up the corner.
That newly-empty corner seemed like a logical place for the TV. It could be seen well from both sofas, but would be tucked out of sight from the vantage point of the front door. I don’t hate TVs as much as some women, but I don’t like them to smack you in the face when you walk in the door either.
I didn’t want to just hang it because we needed somewhere for the components. I hate components. I hate DVRs and DVD players and cords and junk. It’s 2015. We’re about to have flying cars but we still can’t just plug the TV into the wall without needing all this extra junk? Somebody please get on that already.
So I went to the garage to see if I could be inspired by any of the scrap wood or table legs or whatever is being
hoarded stored out there. I didn’t need or want to buy anything for here, even though I would love an excuse to buy another dresser or chest. (I love them. It’s a problem. I’m not a hoarder. Shut up.) I knew I could make a simple console or something to hold all this should-be-antiquated-by-now junk.
That’s when I remembered my free table legs and decided to build a simple, cheap, basic farm-house style TV stand. Pretty much just a small version of a farm-house table.
I hoped to have enough wood in the scrap pile to make my table apron for free, but I didn’t quite have enough length. I had to spend about $9 on a bit more. I went with the cheapest (and therefore softest) pine since I wanted a farm-house look and thought that dings and dents would only add to the character. That, and I wanted to build this thing for free to begin with, so I was already over budget.
I had some plywood that could have worked for the top if I trimmed it out, but I thought I’d look for a slab of some sort first. Score! First trip out, I found this…
It was $5, but it was half-off day so I paid $2.50! First place I went. Score!
If you guys want to shop somewhere that actually helps someone (instead of lining the pockets of the Goodwill owner guy), check out EARC. It was originally Edmond Association for Retarded Citizens, but I think they’re trying to make it stand for Employment and Residential Centers now since that original name is no longer acceptable. As both names suggest, they help citizens with disabilities learn to work and live semi-independently.
The original thrift store on 3rd street has a “back lot” that’s full of crap. That’s where I found this desk top all alone without legs. It’s like these legs and top were trying to find each other and I helped fate make that happen. Or whatever.
The top already had a hole in it for cords. It was like desks I had in my offices back in my accountant days. Who knows where it came from or why in the world it was separated from the base?
Alright, so I had the legs, the top, some scrap pieces for supports, and new pine for my apron. I just had to put it all together.
I chose a drill bit the same size as the dowels I had and drilled holes in the legs and my apron pieces.
I made sure they were level and then glued them together.
The legs had bolts already from their past life and I just left them in there in case I wanted to use them again someday for some other reason. I used braces to connect the end apron pieces to the front and back apron pieces. This made it super stable without using the bolts.
Once the apron and legs were together, I used my pieces from the scrap wood pile to provide a base for the top to attach.
I glued and nailed the top on.
The apron is pine, the top is oak, and I’m not even sure what the legs are.
Obviously it needed a uniform finish, so I started by sanding off the old stain from the top and legs.
Then I used watered down gray paint as well as some weathered gray stain until I liked the finish. If the wood had been all the same, stain would have been sufficient. Since the pine was so much lighter, I had to use some paint to darken it up.
I just brushed it on and wiped it off and played with the entire table until I liked the look of it. I didn’t fill my nail holes, because I wanted a more rustic look.
And then I flipped it over and added casters.
Everything is better with casters, but these would actually make it more functional. Since there was already that hole in the top, I plugged the TV and all the components into a power strip on the table behind the TV and then just have one cord that runs down the wall. The casters allow us to pull the entire table out and move it around for better viewing if need be, but it’s actually great right in the corner where it is.