Do you remember that episode of Friends where Rachel falls in love with an Apothecary Coffee Table from Pottery Barn and hesitates telling Phoebe that it’s from there because she hates mass produced items?
I’m not sure which is more hilarious – the fact that I saw this for the first time 6 months ago (ok, I was totally lame in college and didn’t watch it in its first run!) or the fact that I had to laugh my @$$ off because I actually….own….that….apothecary table. And the end tables too, but who’s counting?
But this isn’t a story about Phoebe or Rachel or even the tables themselves. This is *actually* a story about the piece of furniture that we built to “match” those tables. Yes! BUILT! With our own hands! With no plans and just an idea in our heads. And if I’m not mistaken, I believe this was before our air compressor days so….like…wow! And we built it because we had the world’s ugliest TV stand….which I apparently can’t find a picture of, but trust me. It was God-awful! It looked like a Tetris piece and was that pretty typical 90’s assemble-yourself veneer ugly and it just didn’t go with the new tables! We considered buying the TV stand that went with our set but it was too much money and it was too damn small for all of our “paraphenalia”. Video games and a serious movie addiction = too much junk in da trunk! So way back before we even started der blog-in-stein (we’re talking before we even got married or even thought about buying a house!), Dr. J and I decided to get crafty and *design* (from scratch!) a TV stand that would not only look better than what we had, but house a serious amount of junk!
Purty, huh? And PURTY ambitious, especially at the time!! The “hutch” part is for a later date – possibly documented on this blog someday! Knowing me, this design was probably designed on the back of a cocktail napkin. That would be my Cosmopolitan verging on Maker’s Mark Manhattan Days. These days I find myself in Mojito mode and slowly transitioning over to Dirty Gin Martinis (So sorry, but is that too much information?).
And at this point I just need to brag because while I was mostly responsible for the design, my hubs, Dr. J, *built*a*piece*of*furniture*with*his*own*two*hands**!!!!!!!!!!! And, admittedly, we kind of look back on this project and guffaw because it was before I cared about getting my hands dirty, before we had serious power tools (i.e. an air compressor), and the whole thing took Dr. J almost a year to complete! We were planning a wedding and so that basically was our life at that point…
But here was take one of building the above (you can see we were obsessed with documenting our DIY processes even before we had a blog!):
We took a really long hard look at one of the tabletops to a similar piece while we were in Pottery Barn one day (we registered there for our wedding, so we were in there quite a bit) just to see how they clapped the thing together. We had this bird-brained idea that we could actually create almost a “picnic table”, sand it down, and then stain it to create the same sort of look. I honestly don’t know what we were thinking since we didn’t have the right tools. Nowadays, after a short stint actually *working* for Pottery Barn and an even shorter stint examining a damaged piece at a Pottery Barn Outlet, we’ve pretty much figured out that most of their table tops are a high-quality veneer over a hard-wood base (or so they say….). The above contraption? FIREWOOD!
You can tell the above photos are old – check out the old school GameCube and XBox!
Then Dr. J figured out that he could just build it by creating the frame (sort of a lattice work), finding a nice piece of table top wood (found at Lowe’s, of course), and then putting it all together….by….hand! As in, no compressors were used in the construction of this piece just a good ol’ hammer and nail. Structurally, this piece was incredibly simple. We didn’t have any carvings and/or complicated curves, etc. The whole thing was very Shaker in design, so very square and simple (hence the lattice structure). We didn’t have to miter any edges and everything was put together with “butt joints” (although it’s escaping me right now as to whether we did the biscuit or the screw method).
A few months after the above photos were taken Dr. J finished off the drawers and we had this:
….and nowadays we have this….
….wait a minute…how did a TV stand go from media haven to media workhorse?!? Let me explain……takes too long….let me sum up….it’s just where it fit, baby. But not for long…..in fact, we have a new home for this puppy, which will be revealed next week. And can I just say…it makes *so* much more sense! Stay tuned! Happy Friday! And Pottery Barn – EAT YER HEART OUT!
PS Stay tuned early next week! We’re actually doing a free GIVEAWAY!!! Spread the word!!!