Earlier this year, I moved from the fully-furnished apartment I was subletting into a totally empty rental unit up five very narrow stories.
Since it's likely not my lifetime home, I was hesitant about investing in an expensive table that, due to Murphy's Law, would surely not fit through the door of my next apartment.
Instead, I took a little inspiration from our photo studio set-up, in which we rest our surfaces on trestle legs (these ones from Ikea, to be exact) to create makeshift, lightweight tables. While these aren't the sturdiest of furnishings, they're transportable, customizable, and—what was most important for me—cheap.
Kristen gave me some pine planks she'd been using as shelving in her apartment, I bought some two-by-fours to act as cross-bars, and I got a little help drilling the whole thing together.
Overwhelmed by too many choices of varnishes and stains and waxes, I applied some clear paste wax to protect the wood from water, then plopped it down on a pair of trestles in our living room. Easy enough.
I didn't mind the look of the light pine wood in our apartment (I thought it made the room nice and bright), but when I heard from our Art Director Alexis that there was an easy way to antique wood with a mixture of vinegar and steel wool, I was excited to try.
I searched Pinterest, encyclopedia of all things DIY, and found a tutorial on Keeping it Cozy. Here's what I did:
My roommates love the newly dark table, but I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. While it's definitely more rustic and weathered than it was before, there was something lively and promising about its earlier state of rawness. It's wizened now, but I can't help but miss its more naïve days.
I guess the most important question is: Will it make for a better surface for Instagrams?
Have you ever been unsure about a DIY? Share your stories in the comments below. (It will make me feel better.)