How Build A Computer Monitor Stand With Scraps
- Salvaged footboard
- 2 Antique Chair Spindles
- 5/64 Pilot Hole Drill Bit
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Tape Measure
- Wood Screws
- Wood Filler
- Painter's Tape
- White and Black Chalk Paint
Power Tools Used
- Miter Saw
- Cordless Drill
- Mouse Sander
Cutting the footboard to sizeFortunately, my salvaged footboard was leftover from a headboard bench and was a perfect size, so no cutting required. The dimensions are 11" x 30" x 1 1/2". Check your local home improvement store in their off cut lumber section to see if you can find a piece that would work. They can cut it to size for you if using a table saw is not your forte.
Cutting Chair Spindle Feet
Using a miter saw, the antique chair spindles were cut in half and then again at a height of 3 3/4-inches tall.
Building the stand
- Find the center of the top of each spindle and mark with a pencil.
- On the top side of the footboard place a spindle on each corner and trace with a pencil.
- Find the center of the traced circle and mark with a pencil. Using a power drill with a 5/64 pilot hole drill bit, make a pilot hole on both the spindle and stand top.
- Switch the drill bit to a countersink bit. You want the head of the screw to be sunk below the surface of the top.
- Using wood screws start the screw through the top until it is peeking through underneath.
- Line up the pilot hole on the spindle and secure it in place with the drill. Repeat for all four feet.
- Fill in the holes with a non-shrinking wood filler.
- That's it, the monitor stand is assembled. The next step is adding the pretty!
Prepping and Painting the Monitor Stand
- Using a mouse sander (or sander of your choice) to smooth the finish on the top and sides of the top.
- I painted two coats of white chalk paint on the entire monitor stand.
- Using painter's tape create a stripe pattern.
Tip: Use pieces of tape in between each row to get straight lines (as seen in photo above). Run your finger along the edges of the tape for a tight seal to avoid paint bleed.
- Using a 6-inch sponge roller apply two coats of black chalk paint.
- Before the second coat dries, remove the painter's tape.
Tip: Slowly remove the tape by pulling at a 45-degree angle while the paint is still wet.
- I distressed the stripes by sanding them with 220-grit sandpaper.
- I applied clear wax using a clean lint free rag for added protection.
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Entry #25 - Scrap Wood Headboard