Thursday, July 7, 2016

How To Build An Easy Accent Table

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I am awful at putting things together. I'll look at the directions and they don't make sense to me. But with Tom training to be a MTI, he's busy. So I have to figure things out.

For instance, I really wanted an accent table by the front door. When I told Tom this, he was all,

"The hell is an accent table?"

When I explained it to him, he said fine, get an accent table. I promised he wouldn't have to put it together. He gave me a look:

This is because he knows how I am when I put stuff together. I tend to get flustered, curse, and kick the parts before walking away.

But this time I was determined.

I ordered the Convenience Concepts American Heritage Console Table with Drawer and Shelf, Espresso on Amazon. The reviews promised it was easy to put together.

The table arrived in a giant box. And pieces.

"You can do this," I muttered to myself as I pulled the pieces from the box. "You were in honors english for God's sake."

Not that the class has ANYTHING to do with putting things together. But still.

I stared at the instructions. Sometimes the illustrations baffle me.

It was pretty easy.

Now, the camlock thingies could get finicky. I wasn't sure what exactly I was doing. I'd put a thingy in and then try to lock it, and nothing would happen.

It turns out you have to push them down first. And then you can screw them in place. Oh.

Then you had to screw in the legs, but before you had to put these black thingies on the screw. I forgot to do this the first time.

So there were confusing moments. And I did curse a few times. But I was determined to finish on my own.


I did it!

If I can do it, anyone can.

Do you put stuff together?


  1. It looks great! I always feel so accomplished when I put things together like that!

  2. I'm terrible at putting stuff together. Thankfully my oldest loves that kind of thing. I really like the table.

  3. I love flat pack. Like a giant jigsaw puzzle with a furniture reward.

  4. You did it!
    One funny story is that I tried to build an IKEA bookcase once. My sister had an identical one and we worked together. Hers came out great and mine was like.. backwards or something.

  5. WHOOHOO! You did it! I've had to put together lots of things and take things apart. So much fun! Hahaha. It sucks when the husband isn't around all the time to do all this shit. I'm a daddy's girl was a learning experience for me when I moved out of the family house.

  6. WELL DONE!! I'm like you, better someone else then me...! But if I HAVE to, then I will figure it out. Eventually. Argh. Building things like this is the bane of my existence..! I think I need a man in my life, know of any?!?! ;)

  7. Yay!!!! I can put stuff together. I am actually pretty good with directions, as long as they are in English and there aren't 90 million steps.

  8. Yay!!!! I can put stuff together. I am actually pretty good with directions, as long as they are in English and there aren't 90 million steps.

  9. Lol! Firstly, thank you for the laughs from the GIFS. It's a beautiful piece and you made it look so easy!

  10. Lol. I love the way you have narrated your experience. It was a fun read. And the table looks great. And yes, you did it! :D I'm still having smiles after reading this post. Actually, im thinking it is a great way to review a product. I'm impressed! :)

  11. I hate assembling furniture! So does my husband. His #1 requirement for buying furniture is that we don't have to assemble it. :) I bought a dresser from Target that came in about 500 pieces and he just shook his head. But we did get it done!

  12. That's interesting that you took up the assembling challenged & did it! I really cannot think of doing this all by myself.. I need my hubs to do it for me:)

  13. I'd love to build something beautiful like this and have it in my formal dinning room. When I buy THE house, then I can make it happen. Almost like a credenza. Or perhaps even for behind the couch. Great post. Thanks for sharing!


  14. Nice job putting together the table, and it does look good with all the pictures on it. Maybe you should try other things you think you are not good at!! You might surprise yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I'd never heard of an accent table either :) but this does look relaly nice well done for putting it together i do get my hubby to do things like that with my supervision :)

  16. Super cute table. I always loved putting things together no matter how complicated or not complicated they are. I feel so accomplished later :)

  17. When I moved into my apartment I had to make everything myself and I felt truly accomplished. You've done a wonderful job here

  18. Good job. I love constructing these tables and other furniture. I am also good at following the diagrams etc and really enjoy this work.

  19. Good job putting the table together. It looks good too. When I need new furniture, I just reuse old stuff. For instance, my current "accent table" was made from an old bathroom sink base.

  20. Great post. I always feel great when I'm able to accomplish such.

  21. This is great! Looks wonderful and I love the display. I need to put one together.


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