Thursday, February 12, 2015

Building a Kids Table


So I'm slightly obsessed with Ana White's website thanks to my friend Jen over at The House of Wood. Ana provides plans to build all sorts of things and they are a much better for my budget than purchasing furniture from a high end store. (In our house we are budgeting fools. We've been following Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University since we got engaged.) Strolling into Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware and purchasing what we want not is not an option. But planning and budgeting to build things....we do that very well. 

Here we go! After printing the plans and a quick run to Home Depot for the lumber, I got the heater running in the garage  (it's like 30 degrees out....and this FL girl isn't a fan of cold weather) and pulled out all the tools for the job.


First things first. I had to get all the measurements marked before I could cut all the wood down to size.





Please make sure you wear the appropriate eye and ear protection when working with power tools! (I tend to listen to 90's alternative music...which is what was in my portable cd player back in the day during training sessions for volleyball, weightlifting, and track...it gets me pumped up to do work.)


Next I added pocket holes to all the wood using my Kreg Jig. (this is an amazing little tool to have)



Nothing better than a hubby who grabs you some coffee when you're half way through building. 


Look at all those pocket holes!


Here's where it gets fun. The assembly! First up putting the table top together.


Then screwing the aprons to the table legs.




Then it was time to put all the legs together.


Next up the table top.


This was a quick and easy build. With a quick stop to make dinner and eat with my family it took me just a few hours to get it done.


How stinking cute is this little table! It's perfect for the kids.


For now I'm leaving it in it's natural color because we have big plans for our bonus room (the playground as the kids call it) this year. Since we homeschool the kids we have a lot of work to do to make it a more functional space and this table is where the kids will be doing their schoolwork everyday. Bit by bit we'll have the room more functional. On a later post I'll show you the stools I made to go with the table. 

What are you favorite colors for a kids playroom? 


16 comments:

  1. This is great Erin!!! I have been looking for a DIY stand project to make my own "standing desk" for the office, I think if I scale this down it will work PERFECTLY!!! Thanks for sharing <3

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    1. Let me know if you build one. I would love to see a photo!

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  2. Wow, I absolutely love how handy you are!! The table looks amazing!!

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    1. Thank You. The kids really enjoy it.

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  3. This is so cool!!!!!! Love it!!!!

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  4. You did a good job. I love how natural it looks.

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    1. Thank You Crystal. Each day I lean towards not painting it.

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  5. Wow! Great job! I'm not handy at all when it comes to working with wood and such so kudos to you. And love your logo by the way :)

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    1. Thank You Melissa. I have a friend who is an amazing graphic design artist that helped me with the logo.

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  6. I am in love with this table! It is so perfect for kids!

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    1. Thank You. It's just the right size for them to get their work done.

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  7. I love this table. I don't have any kids but would love to people a table like this for my room.

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