Rustic X with turqoise x's

Submitted by crock on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 15:56

Put together this rustic x table in about a week of spare time. I finished using Ana's espresso finish tutorial with the red elm gel stain but it was too red after three coats. I bought some regular black stain and put two coats of that on the project and it turned out great.

My wife wanted to incorporate some turquoise into the project. I did not. :-)

We compromised with the turquoise x's. I think the colors go well together.

I spent about $50 on wood and $40 on new stain, spray poly and paint. But that stain and paint will last the next 3-4 projects. So I'd say the total cost for this actual project was around $70.

This was my first ever project I put together. Now I have a list of about 8 things I'll be building in the next few months.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Minwax Red Elm Gel Stain, Minwax Black Stain, Turquoise Glidden Indoor Satin Paint, Minwax Spray Polyurethane (Satin)
Recommended Skill Level



Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:10

Great looking balance beam! My daughter wants one so bad haha. Oh, and the table is gorgeous too...haha