DIY – Rustic X side table

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:

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

A very easy build – ignore all of the wood filler you see, that’s the impatient DIYer, not the plans.

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

Best part?

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:

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

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.

Darn it!

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

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

YES!

The bottom still needs some work, but the top is perfect!

Now all I had to do was varnish it:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

Son of a monkey!

I give up.

I’ll just paint my chairs instead.

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

 

Should also remember to tidy the family room before taking photos.

Rustic X side table, DIY side table, build your own side table

For the complete instructions on how to build this DIY Rustic X side table check out these plans from  Ana White.

For the complete instructions on how to create the oxidizing solution (and how my table was supposed to look) check out The Friendly Home.

Lesson learned – buy the furniture from the blogger that did it right.  lol

Have a great one!

Too funny

 

Linked to:

 

 

SaveSave

2018-06-18T13:42:04-04:00July 18th, 2015|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. DIY Coffee Table - Rustic X February 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    […] you’ve been following along for awhile, you’ll remember the rustic X side table I built a few months back via plans from Ana […]

  2. Johnny January 17, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Love the end table but haven’t been able to pull up the detailed plans. Can anyone please help

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: