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Ana White Sofa Table

Ana White Sofa Table

Let’s talk a little more about my wedgie and how I picked it.  I know you love my opening lines.  Just admit it. When I introduced the Great Switcheroo, I told yall that this area is the wedgie in my life.  It is so annoying and just jammed packed with junk.  It is technically part of the living room but we don’t see it if we are actually sitting in the living room.  That doesn’t make sense but it’s true.  You do see it when you enter the room though.  It’s the first thing.  It’s like in-your-face-kids-live-here-evidence. Since my plan was to move all these toys (and many many MANY more into one area – my old office aka the future playroom) I decided that it was time to tackle this space and make it a little more functional.  Enter mommy’s magic word – STORAGE. The plan was to build a storage console table.  Something that would run almost the entire length of the back of the couch.  Something grown up.  Something not every color of the rainbow or sings the ABCs.  And now we actually have just that. The process was not hard.  We hacked an Ana White plan.  It was the Rustic X-console table and it is primarily made of 2×4’s and 2×2’s.  We tweaked the cuts a little bit so that the table would be a smidge taller and be not quite as rustic. Rustic is really fun and kid friendly but in our house, we have to use it in smaller doses.  I would rather have cleaner lines and a rustic finish because then the lines of the furniture goes with our moldings and the finish will be close to indestructible.  So what we did was do our own cuts and then followed the construction instructions of Ana’s plan skipping the X’s on the ends (I think that was step 4?). I told Jeremy that since this piece would be primarily viewed from the side that it would look really cluttered and busy if we left it open and plain…and then I batted my eyelashes while holding a plate of cookies and I asked if he could put solid end pieces in closing it all off. Of course, no man can resist that kind of sweetness, so he got to work.  My hero
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Ana White Sofa Table

Hi Ana, I love your blog and today for the very first time, my husband and I built our first piece of furniture. We are so thrilled and thank you so much for plans! They were easy to follow and totally accurate! We only made a slight mod which was to move the stretcher to the back. this allowed us to have space to hide our recycling center. I would love to share with you pictures sometime.THANKS!!!
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Ana White Sofa Table

Everyone KNOWS you hide your candy on a top shelf behind the oatmeal (or something else terribly healthy) away from the little people…. Love the sofa table. Love that you (Jeremy) built it. Anything I dream up, plan, shop for and set up, I consider I “built it” even if someone else did the actual sawing and hammering. Because it wouldn’t have happened without me.
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Ana White Sofa Table

I made this table yesterday and everything was going smoothly until I got to the table top. My 1 x 12 actually measures 11.25, instead of 11.5 leaving it 1/4 inch short from fitting flush! 🙁 I made another trip to a different hardware store today, and looked at all of the 1 x 12’s and took my tape measure with me. They all measure 11.25!! What gives. I hate to purchase a laminate pine that is 18″ wide and have to cut to down, they are much more expensive. I considered cutting two boards and making it work that way, with line right down the middle or maybe in thirds for very top. Anyone else have this problem. All of the other pieces fit perfectly!!
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Ana White Sofa Table

This simple console table is ideal for building with a nailer, if you have one. It uses mostly 1x boards, so will be lightweight and sturdy. Many of our readers have had success with this project. Special thanks to one of our readers, Jen, for sharing their photo with us.
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Ana White Sofa Table

Jori, Yes, this will easily support a 32″ flatscreen. In fact, check out the bragging board. Kelsey made this exact console table and I posted the photos with a TV on it! I think the TV was much bigger, too.
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Ana White Sofa Table

Jori, Yes, this will easily support a 32″ flatscreen. In fact, check out the bragging board. Kelsey made this exact console table and I posted the photos with a TV on it! I think the TV was much bigger, too. Just make sure you do a good job building it. Sounds like you know what you are doing! Good luck!
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Ana White Sofa Table

Then came finishing time.  The whole table got sanded a couple of times with 80, 120, and 200 grit.  Then I used a can of old Alkyd paint to give it a nice warm gray color.  This was Sherwin Williams Amherst Gray.  I had gotten the paint originally to do my kitchen island and that was an epic fail on that finish.  This however, was amazing.  The raw wood sucked it up but after two coats, it looked amazing.
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It doesn’t really obstruct the view to the nooks in the living room…but I imagine down the line when the boys get less rowdy (ya know, when they turn 30), I would love a couple of more-precious lamps on the top of the table.   For now I just use my goodwill lamp.  It adds a little balance at night because this side of the room doesn’t have any lamp-lighting.
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Love this!! The stain you chose is just perfect. We just bought a new (haha “new”, it was built in 1959!) home and I need a coffee table for the Family Room. You have officially inspired me to build my own, so thanks!
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Hi Katie, Love the console table, gorgeous! I am starting on my soon (thanks for sharing btw) and went in to the Sherwin Williams store and they have no Amherst Gray on file. Do you happen to have the paint #? They searched through their computer for the name and nothing….perhaps this is not an available colour in Canada. Thanks !

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