Rainy Day DIY Idea

It’s another rainy day … and I woke up wondering What can I do besides sitting in front of the TV (although I WILL have to do that this afternoon because collegiate rugby 7 championships are on!)?

I went to one of my favorite online resources, Good Housekeeping.  What can I say?  Men like it, too!

I found an easy 1-hour project, “How to build a shutter side table.”

Found on GoodHousekeeping.com, photo by Michael Partenio

What you’ll need:

  • 4 wood shutters, all the same size
  • 8 art canvas stretchers
  • 16 screws
  • 1 piece of glass for table top – cut to fit inside beveled edge of canvas frame

Instructions:

  1. Stand all four shutters up and form the table shape; The four shutters together will make a square base.
  2. Grab a friend to hold the shutters in place, then measure the width of one shutter.
  3. Take that square measurement and purchase 8 art stretchers of the same or slightly larger measurement (stretcher measurement can be slightly larger, it just means the top will extend beyond the sides a bit).
  4. Piece the stretchers together to form two square shapes; one for the base, and one for the top of the table.
  5. Standing the shutters up vertically, place the frame on top of the four shutters.
  6. Drill 2 screws (evenly spaced on each side) through the frame and into the top edge of the shutter to hold firm. Repeat on the other three sides.
  7. Turn the shutter over, and repeat the previous step.
  8. Finish the wood stretchers with the same paint or stain as the shutter.
  9. Have a glass store cut a 1/4-inch piece of glass for the tabletop that will fit inside the canvas stretcher’s beveled edge.
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