Our scavenged table

I am so proud of what we did.  We took the weird piece of wood that we found in our loft and turned it into a table.

Here's how we did it:

  1. Find weird piece of wood in the loft. (Bottom row, second from the left). Haul it downstairs and inspect it. Decide it will make the perfect reclaimed wood. It's way better than the $400 piece of reclaimed bowling alley that inspected after hauling your family out to a deserted warehouse in Brooklyn (in the freezing rain). Scrub it down. A lot.
  2. Do frantic internet search for "the perfect legs." Find gorgeous hairpin legs online. Get nervous by the shop's un-ironic name "Hairpin Legs for Less." Buy, despite reservations. Wait. Receive package full of legs. Jump up and down in excitement because the legs are beautiful (Bottom row, first on the left).
  3. Place table top on a blanket. Screw legs into each corner (Bottom row, third from the left). Repeat for each leg.
  4. Reverse table so it's standing. Wait a few minutes for it to collapse. Breathe deeply when it doesn't. Admire your handiwork.

The kitchen

We have the tiniest kitchen in America. Or, it's big for New York City. Hard to say. Feels tiny to me.

Because it's small and has a low ceiling and was originally a hideous beige, I knew I had to do something.

I painted it the cheeriest retro pink I could find. Then, I changed the counters the cheap way: contact paper. I don't think I would recommend this method, as it easily stains, but it'll get us through the next couple of months until I figure out a better solution.


Scrabble tile television stand

We couldn't find a TV stand that we liked and would fit our unique space so my husband decided to make one. It was a perfect fit, but because it was just plywood, it looked unfinished.

We decided to spruce it up by adding Scrabble tiles.

I bought a lot of 400 on eBay for $24.99. (Note: some of these are irregular, so if perfect lines are important to you, you'll probably want to go with another source. We decided not to care.)

Then, I started spelling out words that had meaning to our family. Rio, our tabby, helped.

Step 1: Spell words. Use cat for inspiration.

I knew I could get 10 letters in each row, and that I needed about three hands of tiles to cover up the plywood. (Very scientific measuring, I know.)

I lined them all up and looked at them, checking to make sure that I didn't accidentally spell a word I would regret. I included some words that I spelled vertically because that seemed whimsical and fun.

Step 2: Line up letters and read them in different ways (vertical, horizontal) to ensure all words are intentional.

Then I started gluing. I used a hot glue gun and created a little "X" on the back of each Scrabble tile. I kept gluing. And gluing. And gluing. My husband felt sorry for me so cooked me some turkey bacon and began gluing. When we finished the front, we did the sides too.

Step 3: Glue tiles to board.

We completed the project in about two hours (working in little spurts throughout the weekend). We're not sure if we're going to stain the tiles to match the dark wood of our home. (I tried staining a few last weekend and it was a lot of work for okay results.)

Either way, we now have a unique Scrabble tile TV stand that reflects our love of words, writing, and books.

Our Scrabble tile TV stand.