With Father’s Day approaching I thought I’d revisit a project I did originally for Mod Podge Rocks. I came up with this idea for a little side table that, though this one is baseball themed, would work for any room or style.
I used to get frustrated with those people who were always doing projects made with “this old piece of wallpaper/wood/farbric/etc I had lying around.”
I never had an old piece of anything lying around but now I have become one of those people – Some would call it a late developing Hording Syndrome I prefer to think of it as being committed recycler.
Anyway, I had this idea making a little side table that would be affordable and adaptable so I thought I’d share.
It’s made from bits I had sort of lurking in the corners of my garage (with the spiders – seriously, it’s like a science fiction movie in there) but I assure you can do it with some very affordable parts from any big box hardware store.
- One table leg – mine was from the Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store (a great resource) but they come in all shapes and sizes at big box retailers.
- Four (4) 7 inch wooden shelf brackets
- A shallow shadow box picture frame – you could also use a wooden tray or anything else that appealed
- Five feet of shoe molding
- 1 piece of ¼ inch wood cut square and just a little smaller than your picture frame
- 1 piece of ½ or ¾ inch wood cut square and 2-3 inches smaller than your picture frame
- Glue (I used Gorilla Glue)
- Brad Nails (optional)
- wood screws
- Sand paper
- Spray paint
- Mod Podge (I know! Suprising!)
- Envirotex Lite (available at Michaels)
Drill, saw (hand saw, miter saw, whatever you’ve got), hammer, foam brush
First off I cut the Table Leg to the height I needed. They will do this for you at the hardware store if you ask nicely.
Next I cut the shoe molding into eight (8) seven-inch long strips and took the flimsy back out of the picture frame.
Now I was ready to attach the shoe molding to the Table Leg.
Then I attached shoe molding on either side of the line creating a groove. I repeated that on all four sides.
I nailed the shoe molding in place after gluing but if you just wanted to glue them simply wrap rubber bands around the top and bottom to hold them in place while they dry.
Next I just glued the shelf brackets into the slots I’d created and wiped away any glue that squeezed out and set the whole thing aside to dry.
After it dried I painted everything (leg, the edge and one side of both pieces of wood and the picture frame) with a quick coat of spray primer followed by a top coat of black.
Now it was time for Mod Podging.
I placed the frame on the ¼ inch board and traced the inside edge so I’d know how much of the board to cover with my images and got busy.
The graphics I used can be found via the Library of Congress’ online catalog (which is a tremendous resource for any project)
Once the decoupage dried I attached my Mod-Podged board to the picture frame with some glue and nails. My ¼ inch board had warped a little so I rested a heavy can on it to counter the warp.
To bring it all together I now needed to attache the leg assembly to the 1/2 board and the 1/2 board to the picture frame.
I found the center of the 1/2 board by drawing lines from corner to corner. After that all I had to do was drill a pilot hole and attach my the board to the leg assembly. Make sure the wood screw is flush with the surface of the board or just a little below it.
I brought back my handy paint can to hold it in place and seal the deal.
After that dried I flipped it back over and applied a sealer coat of Mod Podge over the collage surface.
Once that had dried thoroughly it was time for the Envirotex. I’ve worked with this stuff a lot and always had good results. Just be sure to follow the directions on the box exactly.