Summer Pinterest Challenge: X Base Table!

July 10, 2012

Hello hello, the day has come, it’s time for the Pinterest Challenge friends!  We issued this Summer Edition challenge last week and we can’t wait to see what you’ve created!  There are link parties galore going on today, hosted by Young House Love, Bower Power, Ten June, and also right here, so it’s time to show us what you got with a link to your Pinterest inspired project below!

pinterest challenge summer

pinterest challenge summer edition

What inspired me for this round?  Well, I’ll tell ya!  I’m working on a makeover in the kids’ playroom space, turning it into a study, since they’re in elementary school now.  It’s a space for them to read, to do homework, or just chill with their friends.  We had a circular table in the space (seen here) but with the new window seat we built from IKEA cabinets, that table was looking disproportionally small, so I imagined a larger chunkier more substantial rustic table in that space to give cool contrast to all the white.  Time to flex my DIY power tools muscles and build a brand new table, booyah!   

Here’s our new X base table Matt and I built for this space! 

x base rustic table cg


It’s a gorgeous handmade table made of kiln dried Douglas fir that we bought from a local lumber supply company.  This is the first piece of furniture we’ve ever built together, and it’s customized for this space.  We used these five tables as our “Pinspiration” !   

the pinspiration


Pins: 1/2/3/4/5   

Sources:   Frances table; X Base Farmhouse table planstable under window; hooker table; dark stained X base table

We are loving its chunky X base legs and rustic style.  The size is customized to fit the space, less deep than a standard table since the room is small, but the width is perfect for its position in front of the window and window seat. 

  x base table cg

I turned it just to show off the legs because they’re the best feature!  I also love that it can also become a console table if we want to use it somewhere else in our home in the future.  Like I said before, this is the first piece of furniture we’ve ever built together, and since we’re emboldened by our experience, Matt is planning to build us a potting bench and a custom dining table too, sweet! 

The contrast between the thick rustic dark stained wood against the white cabinetry and bright pillows just makes me swoon!  Very soon this reinvented study will have a new rug and some tall shelving.  I’ve got a few other DIY projects in the works, like that window seat cushion I *still* have to sew.

x base table under window cg

How we built this table deserves its own post since there are many pics involved in the step-by-step (the tools, the technique, the stain, etc.) so I’ll write that up later this week. 

For today, head on over to Young House Love, Bower Power, and Ten June to see what Pinterest inspired projects they’ve cooked up for the big challenge and to link up your project over at their place too! 

Hey, speaking of DIY, today’s my day to answer home improvement related questions over at the True Value Facebook page, so if you’ve got a burning question, I’ll do my best to answer it.   

*Reminder, Pinterest is not a sponsor of this Challenge, it’s just a fun idea originated by bloggers to tackle projects on your Pinterest “to do” list!

Time to link up your Pinterest Challenge projects:



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