This “Rustic X side table” project has taught me a lot.
The most important lesson? Patience.
I’ll start off by showing you my new Rustic X side table courtesy of plans from Ana White:
A very easy build – ignore all of the wood filler you see, that’s the impatient DIYer, not the plans.
I made it in an afternoon.
Really, a few hours to get to this point, and it only cost about $40 Cdn in supplies.
Then came the finishing….
I was going for a Restoration Hardware grey to keep in theme with the “Rustic” part of the rustic X side table; you know, sort of an aged wood look in a pale grey.
I found an oxidizing recipe online and made up a batch.
Glass jar – check
Steel wool – check
Metal lid resting on top (not sealed) – check
Fill with vinegar – check
Let sit for three days….
Nope, I was too impatient and only let it sit for a few hours before I had to try it out:
It started out the perfect shade of grey – at 3 minutes.
I could even have lived with the grey at 10 minutes,
but it kept going, and going and ended up brown.
Okay, Hubby mentioned that he’d like the table better if the top was smooth, so I had to take it apart to cut 1/8″ off of all of the 2x4s so they’d butt up perfectly. Another round of wood filler and some sanding and we’ll try something different…
Grey stain – nope, doesn’t look ‘natural’ enough.
Top it with a walnut stain – now it just looks like mud.
(Swear words are getting longer and longer now)
Sand the rustic x side table down again – by now I’m pretty sure I’ve sanded about ¼” off of every board on the piece.
One more try – the right way; make your oxidizing solution (Vinegar + steel wool + glass jar with metal lid (lid just resting on top)).
LEAVE FOR THREE DAYS – check
The bottom still needs some work, but the top is perfect!
Now all I had to do was varnish it:
Son of a monkey!
I give up.
I’ll just paint my chairs instead.
Should also remember to tidy the family room before taking photos.
For the complete instructions on how to build this DIY Rustic X side table check out these plans from Ana White.
Lesson learned – buy the furniture from the blogger that did it right. lol
Have a great one!