Check it out! My new craft table, for under $170!

If you follow my blog regularly I’m sure you’ve noticed that many of my photos also feature a nifty gray utility table.  I bought it a little over a year ago knowing that it was only temporary.  I searched and searched Pinterest looking for an economical solution.  As I am sure you are aware there are a gazillion options.  Here were my requirements:

  • MUST be economical. i.e. under $200
    • I researched options and man those buggers get expensive quick.
  • I needed to be able to assemble it.  I drive a hatchback…
  • Being the independent woman I am I did not want to have to rely on someone else to help me with this project.
    • This means no saws, or elaborate Home Depot equipment.
    • Likewise, I have no desire to paint. I wanted it to be pre-finished.
  • Obviously it needed to have storage and, of course, be stylish (perhaps I should move that to number 1)

Here’s what you will need:

  • 4 ClosetMaid Cubeicals.
    • 36hx24wx12d
    • I am 5’7” and wanted something that I could stand up straight at when cutting (remember, posture ladies…plus my chiropractor would have a hay day knowing I was spending nights hunched over that utility table…so please don’t tell him!)
    • Cost $34.99 each, $139.96 total
      • But WAIT! I am not representing Target, but I think you should know…If you have a red card (mine is tied to my checking account so it is really win/win) you will save an extra 5% and get FREE shipping on EVERYTHING.  I ordered these babies online and had them delivered to me for free. Just came home one day a Boom! there they were!
      • So really my cost w/o taxes was $132.96
  • 2 Linnmon Table Tops from IKEA.
    • 47 1/4” x 23 5/8”
    • This gave me the 4’x4’ square table I was looking for without having to figure out how to get a 4×4 piece of wood home in my hatchback.
    • The cost varies based on color; I chose plain white.
      • Side note: There is a super fun red high gloss option if you are feeling frisky!
    • $15.99 each, $31.98 total.
  • Screws ~$1.50
  • Liquid Nails ~$3.00

Total Cost: ~$169.44

After I charged up my trusty drill it was time to get started.

Step 1: Assemble all three cubicles per the instructions in the box.

Step 2: Pre drill holes in the top of the cubicles.  I went 1” in and 1” over from the edges, drilling 4 holes per side, 8 total. That’s 24 holes for all 3 cubicles

Step 3: Arrange the cubicles in the order you want. I placed mine in a large rectangle. Two directly back to back so I would have 6 large pass through cubbies and then flanked those with the other two. I used the backs from the long cubbie shelves to fill in the backs of the other two so you wouldn’t have to look through some holes and not others.

Step 4: I globbed lots of liquid nails onto the top of one 1/2 of the shelving units.  Careful, that stuff can get messy really quick!

Step 5: Place the IKEA table top on the shelves and press down.  Lay something heavy on top to create a good seal.

Step 6: Screw through your pre-drilled holes into the top of the table top (from the bottom.  i.e. up through the cubbies.)  Make sure your screws are long enough to get a good grip, but not so long they will go through the top of the shelves. 

Step 7: Repeat step 4-6 on the other side.

Step 8: Let the liquid nails set overnight.

Step 9: Enjoy!!!!

Here are some photos for you! (Sorry I didn’t take any in the process. If you have any questions, just ask) You may have noticed that this is the table I’ve been using to film my tutorials…way better thank gray (my opinion of course!) Can you see the Paradigm Shift Quilt next to one that my Grandma made? Winking smile  I’m sure you can spy fabrics for our future projects as well…

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If you have any ideas for cute baskets please send them my way! Right now everything is a little willy-nilly.

Oh & YES a new disappearing 4-patch post will be up Saturday or Sunday! I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  42 blocks…holy bananas! That’s 8 seams per block or 336 seams total…not counting front assembly!

Kindergarten Quilts!

Hello Friends!

Can I just tell you that this disappearing 4-patch is taking longer than expected.  Who knew that 4 charm packs would turn into such a project.  I am hoping to have that tutorial up tomorrow, but in all honesty it may be next week.  In the meantime I thought I would show you a side project I undertook this past week.  One of the guys that I play pool with every Thursday night is a Kindergarten Aide.  He gave up a life of financial trading to give back. I think it is just fabulous that he broke free from his cubicle, but I digress.  In his class they make ‘Friendship Quilts’ and I offered to assemble some of them for him.

Each child writes his or her name on a 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. square of fabric. (Why not 5×5 you ask? Let’s consult the Polish Proverb…”Not my circus, not my monkeys”. Bottom line; I have no idea)  The little one also draws a picture on a 12 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in block of muslin or white fabric.  All of the squares are attached together and then quilted.  Let me tell you when I opened the bags of each individual’s quilt squares I didn’t know what to expect.  You can definitely tell which kids had help from their parents and which kids did not.  Likewise, you can tell who is able to follow directions and who is not.  Ah the joys of learning.

I also learned…. a lot! You see on the first quilt I was using standard techniques, spray batting, pinning, and a full on binding.  Except my friend Brendan decided to cut extra squares out of his particular fabric so I had to piece the binding together with a BUNCH of smaller squares that I had to turn into strips.  Not so fun.  His silver lining was that his center block was the proper size (as listed above).

Check out his quilt:

….breaking news: OOPs! I totally forgot to take a photo of Brendan’s quilt. Well it was a fabulous one with a full Sponge Bob backing….Bummer, I know. (note for the future, double-check that you have all the photos you need before turning your projects back in.) Here is, however,  a photo of his squares not in the final order. You can at least see his center drawing.

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After Brendan’s I decided that a better approach would be a pillow like quilt.  I made the fronts and then attached the batting with pins before putting the backing against the front right sides together.  This way I could sew almost all the way around like a pillow. Turn it out and top stitch it closed. I then top stitched around the entire quilt and proceeded to quilt the front.  Nola’s got the most quilting and then due to timing (and my procrastination) the other quilts just got the main square.

Here is Nola’s quilt (notice the extra border I had to add to make the middle square the correct size.):

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Up Next, Xander! I think he loves Hockey! (He also got a nice side border.)

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Finally, we have Rhyden:

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Alright, back to assembling my disappearing 4-patch! See you soon!

~Crystal

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