Thousands were without power but I built a tablePosted: February 6, 2014
This past week we’ve had two major winter storms. One brought over a foot of snow, the other brought enough rain and ice to knock out power to 650,000+ people. I couldn’t go to work. I got to build a table on my unplanned day off.
Last summer I rescued a weird industrial sort of “tabletop” from my dad’s hoard of stuff.
Why was it partially painted? What was it originally used for? I have no idea. I just thought it was interesting.
I bought new screw-on legs at Lowes last summer but never got around to putting them on. The brackets were too wide to fit on the underside.
So today was the day I finally got out my screwdriver and got to work. First I had to relocate the boards that were holding it together. The screws came out way easier than I expected.
The nerve-wracking part was teaching myself how to use ManRay’s DeWalt drill to make new holes. There weren’t any instructions in the box. ManRay probably could have done it all in ten minutes. It’s a good thing he was at work and couldn’t see all my klutzy trial-and-mostly-error attempts. But I did it! I got it reassembled with brand new legs!
I slopped on a heavy coat of chalk paint, deliberately coating the shiny brackets so they won’t glitter and catch your eye. I went off and cleaned up the kitchen while the paint dried, then added a heavy coat of dark wax.
Now my new table is upstairs in my sewing room holding orchids, amaryllis and other house plants. This is the sunniest window in the house. The amaryllis are ready to bloom. One of the orchids is loaded with buds. And it feels so good to finally have this project done!