To remind you, this is the RH one we really liked.
Here is our finished product
Now here are the steps we took.
Step 1: Cut all of the wood. We got the plans as always from the trusted Ana-White website. I would follow her plans and measurements. This is just showing you what we did. We usually take her designs when we are creating from scratch and then we modify for our taste. That is what we did here. I will point out what we changed.
Step 2: Organize your pieces so they are easy to access!
Step 3: We put the frame for the top together. First time using the Kreg Jig. Very fun little device!
Step 4: Add the top pieces.
Step 5: We then made the sides. No picture sorry!
Step 6: We pre-stained the pieces before we put them together. Whenever we use pine, we pre-stain it so that it takes the real stain evenly.
Step 7: We used Minwax Grey stain.
Step 8: We made the box. This is where we changed it up a little bit. They used one long piece of wood on each side. Because we really wanted it to look like the RH piece, we decided to cut out two sides for each and add a smaller piece in the middle and attached the 3 on the inside. Sorry this wasn't documented.
Step 9: I cut out numbers I liked and then penciled around them. Then we took dark grey paint and filled in the lines.
Jack is so helpful!
Step 10: We waxed the whole piece with regular furniture wax.
Step 11: I cut out a piece of wrapping paper and modge podged the inside. I thought it made it look better than the ply board on the bottom and is fun! The paper is from Paper Source.
Step 12: I then took dark wax stain and went over the piece. I used steel wool to apply for the first time. LOVE IT! I put more on areas where it would look like people touched it a lot.
Here is the finished product!
Here is what the living room used to look. We changed out the couch, the coffee table and rug so far. I like this look too, but I like the new one better :)
Thus we went with the Restoration Hardware one. It is funny though because we went to Salvation Army yesterday and found an ottoman exactly like the West Elm one. It just needs to be re-covered! More on that later!
What d'ya think?
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