Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mom Cave, Step 1: Build a crafting table

You heard me folks.
I said "BUILD a table."
As in ... I. BUILT. A. TABLE.
I am SO excited about this, you have no idea.

I am on a mission to turn my office (which was virtually unused due to the disorganization, hodgepodge mix of styles, etc.) into a "Mom Cave."

(My husband has a space we call the "Man Cave" out in the loft of our barn ... complete with a bar, pool and shuffleboard tables, and dart board -- 
so I decided Man Cave for him .... Mom Cave for me!  Only seems fair, right!? :)~

The first step in my quest for a Mom Cave was to find a nice, big work table for all of my crafting ventures.

                        This desk......
                     ..... was NOT cutting it.  And the other option is the dining room table, which, I've been told is intended to be used for - well, uh ...... dining.  

So I decided to try building my own table!
And now, before I show you my amazing table creation ... I must give credit where credit is due!  There is a blog called Stylizimo that I LOVE.  I found THIS table tutorial there, and it looked so easy, I decided I could do that, too!

Here's what we did...

Supplies needed:
four 1"x8" cedar boards, cut to six feet long (less than $10)
three 2"x4" boards cut slightly less than the width of your table (we cut ours at a 45 degree angle at the ends)
wood screws
driftwood stain & brush (less than $10)
two table legs from Ikea ($10 each)

THAT'S IT!  Can you believe that!?

We started by lining up the boards (upside down - with the top-side down) and screwing the 2x4s to the underside...

(I stood on the 2x4s while Scott manned the drill.  Yep, we have matching romeos ... aw, how cute ... I know:-)
This is what it looked like after that step ...

Next, I sanded every nook and cranny with husband's high performance orbital sander (the kind that hooks up to an air compressor -- it's pretty awesome, I'm not gonna lie...)

(I was pretty proud of my corners!)

The next step was staining with driftwood stain ...... as usual, I was going for that aged, worn-out look!
half done!

all done!

(I sanded the thick spots and edges one more time, for good measure.)

Next, it was time to build my Ikea Lerberg trustle table legs. 
I managed to get them put together all by myself (another proud moment).  
And ..............TA-DA!
 I have a new crafting table!!!  
Cue music:  I'm so excited ..........and I just can't hide it!
(Are you singing along with me yet?)
You all could SO do this project, too .... you gotta believe me! :-)

This is just the first step in my Mom Cave makeover ..... there is a LOT left to come!  (I'm going to be a busy gal over the next couple of weeks!)
I hope you'll keep following along to see the end result with me!

The next item up on the docket is that ugly, old, light gray filing cabinet in the corner.  What will that look like when I'm done with it?  (I'll show you on Thursday!)


  1. Nice job on your table :) I can't wait to see the rest of your mom cave!

  2. Wow! This is so beautiful!!! I very much need a new workspace, will show this to my husband right away! Nice work:)!

  3. I just claimed a small room in the attic for my crafting space. I'm so gonna make this table. Perhaps my brother-in-law can help me.

  4. Love the table!! What a great idea and for such a small cost!

  5. great job, the table looks awesome.
    a new follower on FB

  6. I was a little worried when you said you bought 2 legs since I am pretty smart and know that a two legged table doesn't stand up very well. Never mind.
    Good job on the table I can't wait to see more of the make over. Then a lot more of the crafts that come out of the room.

  7. Bec, this is absolutely FAB!!!! LOVE that kind of paint...I don't think I've seen that kind before! My dad sent me some lumber so I am going to be playing here soon too!!

  8. Thanks for sharing! That looks great!

  9. Awesome idea for making a big table. I never have enough room on mine and can't wait to see what else is going into your mom cave.

    Jill @ JunkyVagabond

  10. I. Am. So. Afraid. Of Building. Anything. Seriously so I give you big props on this one! Looks great!

  11. Great job! Can't wait to see the complete room!

  12. Go Bef go! Building AND gardening!!!!!?!???? Holy moly!

  13. Again with the creativity! :) The table looks awesome. And, yes, those corners are amazing! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the room!

  14. Wow! Great work! I'm amazed! Having a "mom cave" is so fun!

  15. Wow, if you can't find it! Way to go girl! :) I'd love for you to come link up this and any other projects you have at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101!

  16. Great job! Thanks for linking to my delightfully inspiring Thursday Party. Looking forward to seeing your creativity next week.

  17. Wow! That corners are truly amazing.. you have such a great talent...

  18. What a great idea! I love those legs.

  19. It looks awesome!! Great job! Love the legs! Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. :)

  20. wow it looks really great. I love the design of it.

    I'm a new follower!

  21. Great tutorial. I can't wait to make a similar one for my room

  22. You built a table?! I'm so proud of you! It looks great, and your Mom Cave is coming together nicely - can't wait to see what else you're doing to it!

    Redo 101

  23. Not only am I in love with your table (and enthusiasm!) but I am thinking about where could I use some driftwood stain?? LOVE LOVE LOVE it! You did a fantstic job and created a great place for many more fab projects I'm sure are to come. Aren't makeovers fun??!

    :D Lynda

  24. Going to make this for my twin girls moving into college apt. - this will be great - thanks you

  25. Beautiful table! I love the industrial feel to it. Definitely something I am going to save to my inspiration file.

  26. That is FABULOUS! I'm so going to have to make this for my Cloffice! Thanks for the inspiration and making it seem so do-able :)

  27. Looks great--your proud moments are well deserved! And it's especially good that you can now use your dining table for...dining. :)

  28. This is great! Wanted to let you know that I featured you today at my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party. Come over and grab a button, if you'd like.


  29. Awesome job! I love those ikea legs and the stain you chose.

  30. FANTASTIC! You and Hubs did an amazing job! thanks for the tut :)


  31. Gorgeous! We have been trying to decide what kind of table to put in our office we are currently remodeling and I think this would be perfect!

  32. I love the mom cave... and the table is fabulous. Well done for tackling the project. Great outcome.

  33. I'll be making this table very soon, if not today! Thanks for the tutorial and including the ball park figure of what you paid. This helped me to make my decision to just go for it! My only variation will be that I will be using my grandmother's antique foot pedal sewing machine base as the base for this table!

  34. I love this and hoping to make it this weekend. Any chance you could tell me where you placed the end (2) 2x4s? Just want to get it right and not have them placed too far in. THANKS!

  35. That is so cool! I am so jealous. There isn't an Ikea in my entire state or even any neighboring state. Ugh. :( I can't wait to check out what you did with your filing cabinet, though! :)

  36. Do you remember the color of the stain? Love!

  37. Where did you get your cedar boards?


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