Time for another edition of the Home Depot Gift Challenge! This week it’s to be gifted to a new home owner (or in my case, a new renter — so I wanted to keep it versatile). And, what are we working with this month?
Lumber. 2×4. Pine? Whatever you call this stuff, it’s wood, and it’s good. Could there be a more common building material? So, this one should be easy, right? Well, this little lady may have been starting this one with only a few days to spare. Yeah. Sometimes, its the simplest things that stump you.
Onward! Here is a sneak of what’s to come… you see where I’m going here? Ok — let’s talk about how I got there…
I’ve had this table frame in storage, since we moved. And, after my second trip to Home Depot to stare at the 2 x 4’s, waiting for inspiration… I found myself sitting in the HD parking lot, eyes to the sky… thinking…
When, FINALLY, my little brain accessed the correct memory file, and thought of this little iron table. Hallelujah! These super common lumber chunks are about to become a super cool table top — with storage! And, once I had a plan, it was easy.
1. First, I cut my 2×4’s to size. This meant 3 equal lengths, for the table top. And then, using my handy dandy mitre saw, I cut 3 pieces with bevel cuts to create a 3-sided, bottom storage area, to be attached beneath the table top. I needed two sections, so I repeated this once more to get all my pieces.
2. I pre-drilled all of my screw holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
3. I used screws to attach my bevel-cut pieces together.
4. And, finally, I screwed my bevel-cut pieces, to my table top, to create my fun storage cubby.
All there was left to do was, hang each completed piece, on the lip of the iron table. This table was perfect for this project — it had a finished outer edge and a inset edge for the lumber to rest on. Some clear sealer will keep things natural looking.
I love a side table with a little storage. Especially, a bedside table… I need my home decor mags, close, y’all! Plus, I tend to charge my phone bedside (I know!)… and this cubby idea, makes that super easy.
But, as this is going into a first-time renters home, let’s keep it open. How about we do this table two-ways. Maybe a balcony, garden table?
Great for lifting those herbs and flowers off the ground — they look so pretty, and it’ll save some precious outdoor square footage. I guess time will tell where this guy ends up.
In case you missed it, you can check out April’s Challenge, here.
Make sure you don’t miss all the other incredible, and inspiring projects this month, for the Lumber DIY – The Home Depot Gift Challenge, by clicking the thumbnails, below…