Happy hump day! Guys, have I got a good one for you today! One of my favorite and most beeeeautiful friends, Loren Miller, is here with us today to share a great inexpensive DIY. If you don’t know her already (GASP!!!) please please head over to her Instagram and start stalking, I mean following, her! She is so amazing! Now that I’ve gone on and on about her lets get onto the post so I can prove my point about how awesome and gorgeous she is haha.
Hey friends!! Do you follow me on Instagram? If you do, you probably saw the picture I posted of my kiddos coloring a box last night. The other day one of my daughters told me she wanted to be on TV and she even came up with a way to make it happen. Smart kid, I tell ya! She’s super creative and I pretty much always love her ideas. So, she said, “Why don’t we get a box, color it like a tv, and pretend we are on tv?” Well kid, I think that’s genius! So we went to Walmart and got a moving box for $3.77. This is the link for the one we bought.
When we got the box home we had to do a little “TV” prep work to do. After taping up the ends, we painted the whole box white. Ours was brown with green pictures and lettering all over it. Once it was painted we got out a big scrapbook and traced it onto the side so we had a guide for cutting out our “screen”. Once the screen is cut out cut a little door in the back and let the kids go crazy decorating that bad boy!
Now that it’s beautifully customized, hop in!
Now the only thing left to do is get an audience…
Since they are watching this amazing TV show at home it’s okay to have crazy swimming hair like the cute chick in the audience!
And there you have it, folks! Thanks to a very creative little girl we now have a fun project for under $4! It’s almost like a few projects rolled into one. Painting-check. Coloring-check. Becoming a tv star at only 4 and 7 years old-check! Now, I’m off to think of some other fun things to do with a box.
So, who wants to see a bunch of pictures showing you how to build this cute little console table?? Well sorry folks! I actually started this table before I had committed to myself to start the blog so there are no pics. But have no fear, you will see pics in the next few weeks because I’m building another one! The reason? I had originally built this to fit in front of my window. I love the table but it’s just to small for the space. But luckily it fits perfectly on a wall in my hallway upstairs so as soon as I build a bigger version for the front window, this little guy will be moving upstairs. But in the meantime, I will tells you guys how I did it and give you all the measurements. Fair enough?? Okay good. Let’s get started then!
This is the cut list.
If you have never built anything I think this is a pretty easy project to start off. I put this whole table together using pocket hole screws but you don’t need to do it like this. You can countersink holes and fill them in with wood filler. If you plan on building though I definitely recommend getting yourself a Kreg Jig. It’s my best friend in tool world. It makes everything so much easier. I will show you some pics so you can see what the pocket holes look like. I’ve got this kit here. Definitely worth the money!
Here are the steps I took to build the table.
1-Build two sides by attaching side aprons to legs (be sure to do this step first because you won’t be able to fit your drill in if you do the front and backs first). I lay the apron on 3/8″ small board while I attach it to the legs to inset it. If you keep the apron flush with the 2×2 legs you can crack your wood. At least I always do haha. You can put the shelf up as high or low as you want. Just make sure you are putting the shelf aprons on all at the exact same height.
2-Attach top and shelf back and front aprons to legs again using the 3/8″ board to help you out.
3-Flip table upside down and attach bottom shelf flush with the top of the aprons. The bottom will not be flush since the aprons are 2x’s and the shelf is a 1x.
4-Lay table top on the ground with the bottom facing up and put the table on top of it upside down. I used pocket holes so I just screwed through the pocket holes in the apron to attach the top.