My dad taught me early on how to use tools and how to do basic repairs. My husband has expanded my knowledge, teaching me how to work on cars and giving me even more pointers in carpentry.
When he deploys, I get kind of out of hand with projects. My creative juices start flowing, and I begin to build all sorts of things. Since he’s been gone, I’ve already built an outdoor sectional, an outdoor sofa table, coffee table and end table…and now…
I learned to frame furniture from Ana White. Her blog is so intuitive and introduced me to the Kreg Jig. A tool that helps you piece together furniture virtually invisibly. It’s quite a step up from me screwing through the side of the wood.
Another inspiration for this piece is Morning Living on Martha Stewart Radio (Sirius/XM 110). I listen to Betsy, Brian and Jon every morning on my drive into work. Together, they discuss new ideas about food, home décor, furniture and being earth-friendly all while discussing the trending topics of the week. I wish my commute were longer, so I could listen to them more.
When the idea for this piece began, I had planned to go to Lowes or Home Depot to pick up some 1x3s to build the frame, but I knew I wanted to somehow use old doors for the sides.
I traveled to Salado, Texas, a town known for its high-end and rustic antiques. My favorite Vietnam vet from Bee’s Antiques sold me a beautiful blue 5-panel door and some old pegs from a railing of some sort.
Then, just to the right, I spotted some 1x4s. I had to have these, and I had to know more about them. The clerk said that the wood pieces were solid pine baseboards from a 150-year-old home. The shutters came from the same home, although he doubted they were as old. At $5 per 8-foot piece, I knew I had what I needed to frame up my BBQ table.
Making the frame was easy, but I realized that adding casters to the bottom would make it easier, not only to assemble, but to relocate in the future. I also put a piece of trim along the inside bottom and dropped a piece of plywood inside to create the bottom shelf.
While you could use big tiles, I’m not comfortable cutting tile yet, so I like to work with the little pieces. Unfortunately, the pattern I picked wasn’t even on the ends, but I found some square tiles from another tile that I could pop in with no problem.
I left the scratches and nicks and different colored paints because I love the character and the story behind each component. I do see a few imperfections on the tile work, but that’s okay. That gives me an excuse to practice on another project.