Sunday, July 16, 2017
New House, New Coffee Table
Lots of exciting stuff happening in the home decor life of yours truly!
First, I moved into a new house. It is actually quite an old house; it is the cottage in the backyard of my parents' 1900's house. And before it was a home, it was actually a barn for the main house. After the 1906 earthquake, when housing was desperately needed, it was converted to a dwelling. It has gone through many changes since then, but I'm pretty sure there is still some hay under the floorboards. There will be more info on the renovations we did, as well as before and afters of the rooms. Come back to the blog for those updates.
And lastly, we've been getting into making our own furniture. I say "we" because James is primarily doing the constructing, but I still want some credit. Since we've been doing a lot of work ourselves on the new house, it was a great excuse to boost our toolbox. We purchased a mitre saw, a circular saw and a nail gun, all of which have been upping our handiness enormously.
My sister has been looking for a new coffee table for a long time, and she's always admired my coffee table, the same one we used growing up(you can read about it here). So we decided to build her one, based on the original. She wanted something at the same height(14 1/2"), but smaller in length. So we purchased 7 feet of a 2x8" poplar board. We cut that in half to make the tabletop, so the dimensions of the top are 3 1/2' long, by 16" wide.
First we got all our tools together: wood dowel pins, dowel centers, measuring tape, level, pencil, furniture glue, drill, hammer and sandpaper.