Hello, beautiful. When Ana contacted me to build an apothecary version of her popular 20 Second Tidy Up Table (you know, the one I keep building for friends and commissions) I leapt at the chance. I loved the table we had, but the apothecary style just ramps it up a notch.
I opted for stain rather than paint on the inside because I didn’t want it to chip when it was full of Charlie’s toys. Even though I use no-VOC Olympic paint, it would weird me out to find paint chips on toys she’s chewing on. And I know I’m being nonsensical about it because I decided to soak it in chemical-laden stain, but oh well. At least it will stay put!
The stain is Rustoleum’s Ultimate Stain in Golden Oak. What’s crazy is that it’s the same stain I used on our other coffee table. This one:
For that table, we used our Husky air brushing system. It’s almost like spray paint vs. brushed paint, but with stain. For this one I brushed on two coats with a foam brush and followed up with three coats of spray polycrylic.
I got these awesome oil-rubbed bronze knobs from Target. They have a 10 pack for $9.99, and I had four left over from the six nightstands I built a few weeks ago. So it worked out perfectly!
I really like how it looks with our couch. I think the stain on the top goes a bit better with the color of the leather. Or pleather, if we’re getting technical here I’ve been toying around with the idea of refinishing the side table we inherited from the hubs’ Grandma, and this might be the kick I need to actually do it. I know mixing wood tones is supposedly okay in the design world, but I’m not a huge fan.
Here are a few quick tips if you plan to build this table:
• Use a kreg jig system to attach the top and side planks together. It will wear better over time and show less cracks. The humidity really warps wood where I live so it helps to have that reinforced.
• Use the kreg jig on the 2×2 support frame below. This will hide all of your screws. You can also drill two holes in the ends of the long pieces and use that to attach the sides to the frame, so you don’t have any screws/holes showing on the outside either.
• Reinforce the coffee table top with L brackets. This makes it solid as a rock. If you have kids, this table will take a beating. You’ll want all the extra help you can get to keep it sturdy!
• Use a putty epoxy on the casters to make them fixed-wheel. I couldn’t find any 1 5/8″ casters that were fixed, they all spun around so the trundle can go in a thousand directions. That makes it tough to keep it straight when pushing it in and out of the table, causing extra dents and nicks in your finish. We use a putty epoxy to set them in place since it dries so quickly.
That’s it! If you love this plan, you can find it on Ana’s website here. I love this trundle style table, it’s seriously the best idea ever. So much storage, yet easy to keep out of sight! Best of both worlds