Monday, July 27, 2015

He Blows My Mind!

Joe and I have been married a little over two years, but we've been together just over 9 years.  When you spend that many years with someone you kind of think you know everything about them; what foods they love, how they take their coffee, the noises they make when they sleep, the weird habit they have developed where they need to smell everything ('s odd), their laugh, the excited way they yell when their fantasy football player scores a ton of know, EVERYTHING.

And then, one day, out of blue, your husband and best friend from the past 9 years calls you to the garage to show you something.  And BAM, he completely and totally blows your mind.

You guys...Joe MADE THIS!  Yeah, my jaw is still on the desk, too.

This all started because we had been in search of a coffee table for our living room.  We looked at every possible store and what we found either wasn't quite right or it was about $900...that's more than we paid for our couch - so ixnay the offeecay abletay (that's "HECK NO we're not paying that kind of money for a coffee table!!" for those of you who don't speak pig latin).

Joe got all excited that maybe he would just build one so we could pick the design we liked and it would be a lot cheaper.  I agreed but in the back of my mind I was a little worried.  It's not like Joe or I are master carpenters, that stuff is H-A-R-D!  But I went along with it.

Joe scoured Pinterest the internet for some ideas and found one he liked.  He holed himself up in the garage one weekend and THIS is what emerged!

I'm in love with my coffee table and am so completely blown away by how talented my husband is!

For the step-by-step on how to construct this table, check out Ana White's guide here.  We tweaked it a little bit as you can see we didn't do x's on the sides.  That actually came about because we didn't have a saw that could cut the correct angle so Joe came up with the current design...crafty, I told you!

The bottom is painted the same white as our trim and the top is stained with a dark walnut stain and sealer in one.

I'm off to read a magazine and put my feet up...since I can do that now cuz I have a coffee table :)