Finally, the time has come where I can reveal the finished product of the table hubby built from scratch for our dining room! He finished it just in time for my bff's bridal shower, but I had to wait for our chairs to come in before the big reveal. We're SO happy with it and I'm still in awe that the crazy man I married could build this with his own hands, and for under $150 at that!
I showed him some pictures of what I wanted - a rustic Restoration Hardware inspired, dark plank table with cream linen upholstered chairs. From Restoration Hardware, the tables I liked ranged from $2,600 to $3,600 - and that wouldn't include the chairs - woof. Plus, they were all 7-9 feet long. As I wrote about here, we've had quite the struggle finding a dining room table long enough. Our dining room is 18 ft long, which we loved about the floorplan, but posed a challenge in terms of being able to find a table that could fill the space. To allow room on the ends for chair movement and walking past, we determined we would need an 11 ft table. We looked in probably 15 furniture stores (not to mention TONS of places online) and didn't find a single 11 ft table. The general market size cap seems to be about 9 ft, since most dining rooms are no longer than 12 feet. The difficulty finding the right sized table, our love for DIY'ing, and the cost savings benefits were enough to persuade us to try to DIY - and I'm so glad we did! Here is our dining room/empty void BEFORE the table:
We picked out the wood for the project ourselves from a local lumber dealer. Ross drove us out there and I was so surprised and pleased to have ended up less than two miles from where I grew up in Bahama, NC. So not only is this table special because it was handcrafted by hubby, it was also made from Laurel Poplar planks from the exact zip code that I came from! Here's the raw product, still covered in bark. :)
The table top is two inches thick (a thickness I don't think we would have been able to find at a home improvement store) and the base is 3 inches thick made from one massive 3 inch thick plank. We paid only $75 for all of the wood we needed to make the table, which felt like a STEAL, especially for an upgraded type of wood like poplar.
It took hubby about a week flanked by two full weekends to construct it. He started with the top. That took the biggest chunk of time. Then, I drew on posterboard the shape I wanted for the bases and he used a jigsaw to trace them. We spent a lotttttt of time sanding - like days. Hubby did most of this but I helped for a couple hours. Then, he stained the whole thing. We chose Minwax Wood Finish Stain and Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane because of the dark, natural look. It was less than $25 for the stain and polyurethane combined.
And here's the finished product! It's an 11 foot, dark, plank style table that seats 12 comfortably. We still haven't found the right end chairs (I'm thinking the same color linen but larger, monogrammed and wingback), but the side chairs fill it out well.
And because I just couldn't help myself, I also did a sample place setting in our formal and casual china. I love both with the table!
Thanks for reading barbies! xox!
UPDATE: we later completely redesigned the color motif in the dining room, doing a custom gray diamond paint job, upgrading the chandelier and doing wainscoting. Check it out here.
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