After doing a bit of research, we found a PEFC certified, sustainable tree farm in Ohio (yeah, we're sooo green) that sells beautiful live edge lumber on eBay. So we picked out an amazing slab of live edge red maple. It's super figured, a little wormy and totally awesome. We also picked up some raw steel hairpin legs from hairpinlegs.com to add a little industrial flare.
Phase 1: Sealing and attaching legs
Phase 2: Finishing - It took a bit of research to find just the the right lacquer. We had to find something that would make the figure pop, but wouldn't change the color of the wood too much. Maple is also prone to yellowing over time, so it was important to use a product that protected against discoloration. CAB-acrylic lacquer was the perfect thing. A few coats later it looked like this:
Phase 3: Enjoying our new console table. After letting it air out, we moved it into position. We painted some Mio Paper Forms wallpaper squares that we've had tucked away for years and stuck them on the wall above. We also decided that our plant and bird looked better on the console.
We actually enjoyed the project so much that we're considering making and selling them. Maybe someday we'll start an OMC Etsy store.