Friday, December 16, 2011

Homemade Christmas #5 Baseball Bat Night Stand

Hello everyone!  I'm back.  Yesterday I was finishing up a lot of projects for Christmas, and I did a feature tutorial over at The Artsy Girl Connection Wednesday.  Marilyn was wonderful for having me!  It was a lot of fun!  If you missed my Pottery Barn Knock-off Wreath Tutorial, either go visit Marilyn, or sit tight and I'll post it soon.  Today I'm back at it again.  So I'm going to show you how I made a baseball side-table out of literally junk and plumbing pieces...LITERALLY!!!

So, I mentioned before how I played softball at DePaul. So, you can imagine how into baseball and softball I am. Well, I have lots of ball stuff around. I picked three bats from my "crap I need to do somethin with" pile and thought, "hmmmm...what can I do with this!?!" then I got-ta thinkin, yeah, I know look out right.  I remembered this thing my mom bought for me when I was playing travel softball. It had three mini bats and a small plastic ring that fit over the knobs of the bats and the little bats held a softball. (It's currently holding a ball from the Div. I Women's College World Series. It's one of prized possessions from the "glory days".) so I thought if I could just find some kind of ring, and cut a piece of wood from a scrap board or something, I could make a side table for my nephews for Christmas (Sports themed room...the Bears Helmet Lamp was for them too). Long story short, I lucked out at one of my junk stores and found a piece that was perfect. A wooden serving tray...for $0.10! Yep, I'll take it! Now for the ring...why not cut a hole in a cheeseboard? Yep, a call to daddy was in order. He makes corn-hole boards so he has a 6" drill. Perfect!! NOT! Too big. Plan B? There's not a plan B at this point. So I'm stressing to mom on the phone about how it wasn't working. She says, use like a PVC fitting or something....GENIUS!!

So, I had two, tried them both one was good the other? Not so much.

(Yes, I used good ol' ASCP in Old White and the "stitching" is just good ol' Acrylic Craft Paint.  )

Then the problem of covering it. One thing after another with this one. Paint it? Wouldn't be cool enough. And. It's a piece of plumbing. Hmmmm...looked around and saw these bad boys...styrofoam balls!! Yeah baby!! Score. Called up Some pals got some baseballs. We are in business! So I went to my jute stash and left over burlap pile. Covered the PVC "joint connector"-(Dad just told me what they are called) with jute and burlap.  Then I cut the cover off of the baseballs and used them to cover the Styrofoam balls that I had cut in half.  Awesomeness!  Secured the cover with my go to...Mr Gorilla Glue and we were in business!

Busted out the Mr. Gorilla again to further secure the bats after I screwed them together.  Then I screwed the top to the table. As I was doing that, I split the top. Had to fix it with wood filler. Let it dry. Painted, sanded, and waxed...AGAIN!

Apparently the little princess thought the table was a coat rack?

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  1. That is awesome. Perfect for a sports themed room. Great job!

  2. This si just AMAZING-seriously, you could sell these for a hefty price lady!I would love if you stopped over to link up at Get Schooled Saturday a Too Much Time on my Hands!

  3. I am a newbie here from Ohio found you just surfing the net I absolutely love your baseball table how unique!!!

  4. This is pure genius. I love how you found solutions around the sticky parts and made everything come together.

  5. What a creative idea! It turned out so cute.

  6. That is absolutely amazing. I found you over at Debbie's party and I am your latest follower. My son has a baseball themed room and this is so cool. I am so impressed with your creativity. Hope you will drop by.

  7. This is sooo wonderful. It looks great. I am sure the receiver is going to love it. Great job!

  8. Wow, amazing!! You really did a great job!

    I'm your newest follower!! I found you through Debbiedoo's Newbie Party. I'd love for you to come visit and follow me back if you get a chance!! :)

    Merry Christmas!

  9. I love this project. You are so clever and creative. Merry Christmas to you and thanks for joining my newbie party.

  10. This is terrific! You are so creative and clever! Of course, I can see you had a lot of help!

    Thank you for sharing the season at Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

  11. WOW!!! that is soooo cool! i adore it- what boy would not love this????

  12. Seriously?!! How awesome is that?! Totally fantastic and WOW it'd look good in my little boy's room!! :) I would just LOVE if you'd share this by linking up over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays on Kammy's Korner:

  13. This looks adorable-love the idea! I'm your newest follower from Beneath My Heart-stop by for a visit!

  14. This is REALLY great!!! :) Came over from "Beneath My heart"!

  15. My son was looking for something to "Baseball Up" his room -this is perfect!
    Loved the idea so much we featured it this morning at


  16. Just saw this baseball table for the first time and I love it. Anyway I could talk you into selling me one? Would look wonderful in my little mans sports themed room.

    1. Hey Nicole! I'm in the process of gathering up supplies now for an order. I'll be on the lookout for more pieces and sure! I'd make ya one...

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