I originally posted this when Jami from What the Graham?! and I hosted a Pinterest Partayy, but I don’t think the InLinkz feature played nicely with things, so I’ve removed those links – so sorry for any issues that may have caused.
When Jami first suggested a Pinterest party I had no idea what we would tackle. Then I thought back to my 25 Before 25 list, which at the time had about two things checked off. Completing a patio or a stalled bathroom reno in two weeks seemed a bit… unlikely, but the entryway console table seemed doable.
As a refresher, we previously planned to DIY a version of West Elm’s (now discontinued) Chunky Console, and we last talked about the entryway plans in a guest post on The Lil House That Could. At that time things looked like this:
nightstand and much-too-small shoe basket
very sad placeholder “console”
So with hopes of getting rid of the eyesore stools, we set our sites on the tiled wall. Finding a console table that we liked was pretty much impossible because the wall is only 36 inches long, so we figured we’d have to go the DIY route. Enter my Entryway Inspiration board. (Sidenote for anyone new here: I’m kind of a Pinterest addict. I have 45 boards and 2600+ pins. Yikes.)
As I alluded to in the last Pinterest Partayy post, we liked the idea of something sleek, with a chunky wooden top, and were possibly considering wall-mounting it.
from Our Midcentury
We had some hairpin legs lying around from a former desk idea in the art room. (I won’t get into my rant about the source we bought them from, but suffice to say we will be making our own next time.) After looking at all the options available in non-pressure treated lumber, we decided make the top from oak 3x3s. Preferably we’d have used non-pressure treated 4x4s, but there weren’t any available in our area. So, after a bit of driving around research (did you catch what I did there, Jami?) we discovered that Home Depot’s 3x3s are a quarter inch wider, but only 30 inches long. The ones from Lowe’s are slightly narrower but come in precut 36 inch long lengths. Sold.
While at Home Depot we also picked up some hardware for attaching the 3x3s together and to the wall. I’m not sure if they’re meant to be used in new construction or if they’re some kind of hurricane straps for mobile homes, but either way, these suckers are heavy duty. And we like overkill around here.
After gluing, clamping and bracketing the 3x3s together that sucker was solid. And heavy. (You wouldn’t want to, say, drop it on your toes when holding it against the wall to see how it’s going to look. You know, hypothetically.) At this point, Robert also oiled the oak with Watco Danish Oil in Natural, and primed & painted the tile wall (using Valspar’s Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue).
Then we attached the legs, and mounted it to the tile wall. We killed several drill bits during this project. Robert tells me there is one actually stuck inside the table top, and we pretty much trashed a glass/ceramic/tile bit, as well as a Tapcon bit while drilling into the wall. As it turns out, the tile we’ve been wanting to remove or recover for a while now? Yeah, that’s actually over brick or brick veneer. So at some point the table we just put up will come down, we’ll demo the tile and assess the condition of the brick. If it’s completely trashed we’ll still end up drywalling over it. Fingers crossed for some lovely exposed brick. But I digress.
Robert drilled 12 holes into the tile/brick. He started each hole with the glass/ceramic bit, and finished it off with the Tapcon bit. The block you see on the completed L-bracket is there to hold the table top slightly above the top of the bracket. That way we didn’t have to cut the bracket down to fit the height of our table top, and we could use all the holes in the bracket so the table was super-secure.
Once the table was mounted to the wall we added a mirror from our wishlist that we received as a Christmas gift, and we’re considering adding a few framed photos as well.
We plan to add a coat/purse hook or two to that side tiled wall (the one by the old doorbell chime that we need to remove).
I love the way it turned out, and how it flows into the dining room, with the new chairs and china hutch.