My wood fairy SLP was at it again. Giving me free wood, who doesn’t love a good wood fairy.
I first saw this bed side table on i $ave a2z and fell in love, and then the lovely wood fairy offered me some free wood and I saw these pieces that would be perfect for this table. You got to love that.
Here’s how I made it.
I started by measuring my free moldy wood.
I then cut my pieces, and brushed off some of the dirt/saw dust ext… Here is a close up of the wood before sanding. Don’t you just love what the mold does to the wood (all of those blue colors are mold).
I then sanded it down, at this point I probably should mention that when dealing with moldy wood you should always where a mask until it is sealed. You do not want to breathe any of those particles in.
After sanding, I gave all pieces a wash to brighten it up and see exactly what it would look like if I just applied the sealer…
OK so I can not tell you how much I loved this look. I mean really that’s all natural, just a bit of soap and water. Sadly though it did not work with the space I was putting it in 🙁 (lucky for me I have some pieces left over that I think I can use in the kitchen…)
So I dug out my favorite stain
and applied it.
I have to confess, I applied it differently than I would normally. I was lazy. All I did was brush it on and leave it. That’s it, that was my technique for this project. Normally I apply the stain and immediately wipe it off. But I wanted it to really penetrate the wood this time as I was planning on using my belt sander to sand it.
I wanted it dark, but I still wanted the wood grain to really stand out.
After that I glued and screwed everything into place (I’ve learned from experience that it is easier for me to stain everything before putting it together 😉 ) See how the grain stands out in this picture.
I put a bracket on each side, just to keep everything square.
From there I use Elmer’s Wood Filler (in natural) to fill any holes. I prefer the squeeze tube, the rest of my family however prefers the tub. I recommend trying both to find your preference. Then I let everything dry. I went over the filler with a Q-tip dipped in stain, and applied until the filler matched the wood (sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this process).
After that I attached the wheels (I picked 4 up from Home Depot for $2 each)
Turned it over, and gave it a light sanding. Washed any dust off and let it dry, in preparation for the sealant. I use
Personally I love this stuff. It’s easy to apply, ready for sanding within 2 hours (at least that’s how long I wait before I sand and re apply), and dries clear. And clean up is a breeze.
For this project I applied 4 coats of sealer with a light sanding between each coating, as I really wanted it sealed.
I really love the result. This table is great, it rolls up and down my bed, I can lounge in bed and work on my lap top (my mouse doesn’t work very well on the bed, and I don’t like not using it…), I can have breakfast in bed without worrying about getting stuff on the bed (have you ever tried to have pancakes in bed? well if you’re like me, don’t do it without one of these), and when I don’t want it over the bed I can just push it up against the wall without it taking up too much space (my bedroom is only 9×9 so this is a big deal for me).
Best part, I can bring it out of my room when I’m entertaining for an extra table to put appy’s on 🙂 Yay!
Alright, enough about this fabulous table that I love so much. I need your help. I have about 5 feet of this wonderful wood left over, and it is 9 inches by 1.5 inches, and I want to use it in my kitchen, to be placed on the open shelves to store things. WHAT SHOULD I MAKE? I <3 Love <3 how the wood looks without stain and would like to utilize this feature. Check out my DIY Home Accessories or my Kitchen Ideas Pinterest boards for ideas on what I’m digging right now, or just come up with your own idea.
I would really love to hear from you.