Hey everyone, Jess here…so sorry we haven’t written a post in a while! We have been busy momma’s with children that are always on the go! Today I am going to share with you my T.V. stand that my dad and I built together this past summer. This project is near and dear to my heart and I’m so excited to share how this turned out. Now I’m gonna warn you. I don’t have plans for this because it was a fly-by the seat of our pants kinda thing but I had to share just how beautiful a piece can be when you take your time and stick to your vision.
This is the only project I have ever built with absolutely no plans. I started with a blank piece of paper and some old barn windows I picked up a few years ago from a ad on Craigslist. Also I should tell you that I have changed my mind approximately 1,000 times on exactly what I wanted it to look like. First I wanted something extremely rustic. I imagined old grayish, rough barn siding for the entire thing. Then I realized that wasn’t smart or realistic. My kids would have ended up with splinters and most likely eating the wood for a little snack!
So I decided to pick a classic look of worn, black interior and sides with a bead board detail. I wanted a finished top made entirely out of reclaimed barn wood and of course my old wooden windows.
My dad got our plan in motion starting with the windows. These windows had old glass in them along with a million layers of paint. My dad didn’t feel comfortable keeping the original glass because it wasn’t tempered so he removed that and replaced it with clear plexi glass. I wasn’t on board at first because I thought it would look weird. After seeing the finished product you would never guess that it was plastic at all…also have I mentioned I have two crazy, ball throwing boys…yea plastic is great!
Next we started gluing together 1×4’s to create the sides to our stand. I learned that gluing two 1×4 together is much stronger than using a 2×4. Why? Because one solid piece of wood, pine in this case will eventually bow or twist depending on the temperature and moisture of your house. Gluing and clamping the two boards together create a stronger piece of wood. Mind Blown! I also learned that my new favorite tool to use is a Jointer. A Jointer takes off the long edge of a board to make it completely straight. You can use this to join two pieces of wood flawlessly and I already have so many more projects in mind using this puppy!
After the legs were done we attached bead board. The shape came together really quick using my Kreg-Jig and glue to attach everything. I painted the sides and frame pieces a flat black, distressed them and sealed them using a new technique. Not really new, but new to me. I used Minwax Finishing Wax. It only takes a small amount of wax, a cheese cloth and some muscles to wax your way to a perfect finish. I will have to put another coat on in a year, but I love the look. It’s water resistant without being obnoxiously shiny.
I can’t take any credit for the beautiful reclaimed barn wood top. This was my dad’s baby. He worked for hours planning, glue and joining several pieces of wood together to create this amazing slab for the top. I was like a kid on Christmas morning when I got to rub the Provincial Stain on this beauty! This 100+ year old Beech is stunning. Yes…those hollowed out trees you see in the woods today were used to make barns back in the day, this amazed my dad and I. I’m a geek.
My dad had one surprise up his sleeve for attaching the top. He used pieces of my grandmothers old metal bed frame to attach the top to the rest of the frame which makes it so special to me. This T.V stand has not only taught me so much, but it also allowed my dad to teach his craft to me. We made memories that I will have forever and a custom piece of furniture that I can pass down to my children.
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