Sunday, September 8, 2013

DIY Rustic Dining Room Table Reveal!

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.


Ross did a beautiful job staining. It really brought out the beauty of the poplar. Lastly, our fabulous neighbors helped him carry it in (thanks Tim and Mike!). It's incredibly heavy. While he was working on the table, I ordered sconces and mirrors for the dining room wall and after months and months of chair browsing, finally bit the bullet on some budget friendly chairs that had the tufted linen upholstered look I wanted. Here are some photos of the work in progress:







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!


How amazing is my hubby? I hope this thing stays in our family for generations (I hope our kids and grandkids have big dining rooms or open floorplans!) and that our children are proud of what daddy could do with his own hands. <3  Kinda cheesy, but I love everything about this 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.



Submitted to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/

43 comments:

  1. Whitney it looks fabulous!! What a Handy man!! I love the RH Look, and it is pricey. You def achieved the look.

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  2. You're so sweet - thanks for the kind words. Glad to have made a new friend with similar taste in the blog world! <3

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  3. This is great! and I can't wait to check it out more! For sure will come back to see your newest post.

    Home Builder Luzerne

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  4. Great Table!!! How nice that you have a wonderful table built with love for family events!!

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  5. Thanks Ann! I keep singing my hubby's praises for this one. Thanks for checking out the blog!

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  6. That is gorgeous! you two did a beautiful job and I WISH my dining room was a big as yours!

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  7. Thanks so much Christina! The size of the dining room was something that really attracted us to the floorplan. Thanks for reading!

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  8. I saw you featured on Savvy Southern Style and had to come over and see this beautiful table. What a great job y'all did!! It's gorgeous! Lots of love went into making that table, and it shows. :) Love the chairs too!

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  9. Absolutely stunning!
    Your Hubby is amazing and dedicated.....
    He could sell tables....
    Nancy

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  10. Lisa and Nancy - thanks for your sweet comments and also for checking out the BDH blog! The table will be a family heirloom for sure, I just hope the future generations have somewhere to put it! lol. Thanks again for stopping by and a HUGE thanks to Kim for featuring this post!

    xox

    Whitney

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  11. Gorgeous table!! I never thought about making legs like that! Was it hard to cut the jigsaw along the lines? Great job! Your china looks wonderful on there too!!

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  12. I love your dining room set. How special that your husband made it for you and your family. I am sure you will make many wonderful family memories in there. i love your dining room chairs. I am wondering where you found them?

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  13. Thanks Jennifer! I asked hubby about your jigsaw question and he said that it was very hard. I drew the shape in pencil on a piece of poster board (took several tries to get it right) then cut it out and used that as the template for each side of each of the two base pieces to ensure symmetry. He did say the jigsaw was tricky to work with on such thick wood. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Seriously, I may commission your husband to build us a nice chunky dining room table when we move into our new place....the Phalers just want to be like the Christensens!

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  15. Hey there! Just stopped over from Knock Off Decor and had a quick question: how did you attach the legs to the tabletop? L brackets? That's a super heavy top for those two seemingly small legs-- is there a brace between them? would LOVE a pic of the underside.. absolutely LOVE LOVE this table!! It looks like ours which we spent $1000 for (before we ever experimented with building stuff!! now we build everything!) =)

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    1. I am also wondering about the legs/brace/attaching...

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  16. Where did you get your chairs??? The table is beautiful!

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  17. Nicole - I'm pretty sure we want to be like the Phalers, with your gorgeous newborn shoot and perfectly adorable family of 3, but thanks for the love girl!

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  18. Hi Sue - thanks for your sweet comment! Hubby said he didn't use L brackets, but that he made some form of custom brackets for it that he described as "super badass brackets." lol. I'll try to get a photo for you!

    Angie - the chairs came from Walmart.com/Wayfair.com. They were very inexpensive compared to similar linen tufted chairs from other stores. Shipping was free and I even got some Wayfair rewards points. If you're searching for them on their sites, I think the brand was Monsoon. Good luck!

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  19. Wow, I'm very impressed, did you just make that from scraps all by yourself? I wish I could make some of my own dining room furniture in Vermont. I'd save so much money and it would be just what I needed.

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  20. Nice post dear. Thanks for sharing it. Nice dinning tables dear.
    Office Reception Desks & Boardroom Tables.

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  21. What an AWESOME idea!! I'd love to know where you found the chairs (as well as the end chairs from your more updated post). Would love to do this one day!

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  22. Beautiful table. Would you mind sharing the name of the lumber deal in Bahama, NC? Thank you.

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  23. Gorgeous table! Where did you get the captain's chairs?
    Melissa Miller

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  24. Hi Roxanne! We don't remember the name exactly, but my husband seems to remember it having a religious component to it ("God's Creations" or "God Provides" or something like that) - sorry we can't remember exactly! It was near Hurdle Mills. Melissa - we got the captains chairs from TJ Maxx!

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  25. The table looks great!! How wide is it? How wide are the pieces of wood used length ways and on the end? Thank you

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  26. From Restoration Hardware, the tables I liked ranged from $2,600 to ... roomchairs.blogspot.com

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  27. Hi Andy! The planks are each 13 inches wide, making the table 52 inches wide total

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  31. Wow...our dinning room is 18ft as well and I have been looking for a dining room table anywhere from 11ft to 12ft. Is your husband willing to make a dining room table for our home for the right price?

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  32. Could you share a link to where you bought the dining chairs and also are they are comfortable? Looking for economic options and I love those chairs. Thanks!

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  33. How far into the underside of the table are the table "legs" and is there any other support under the table? besides the two "legs"?

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  34. My husband's family is from Bahama! Do you know the Fergusons? I am in love with this table. Your DIY skills and decor taste are goals for me :) We are moving to a new house in Atlanta that has a huge eat in breakfast room and this is perfect table for the space. Too bad my hubby is a gifted musician and not DIYer. But seriously, if your hubby decides to take commissions please let us know!

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  35. Love your table! My husband and I are committed to the endeavor of making our own table as well. We have been looking for an 11 footer, but had the results as you did. It's great to see how well your table turned out and for such a great price. It definitely frees up money for nicer chairs. How many T J Maxx stores did you have to go to to get so many that matched? I always see nice chairs there but not more than four at a time.

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  36. Love your table! My husband and I are committed to the endeavor of making our own table as well. We have been looking for an 11 footer, but had the results as you did. It's great to see how well your table turned out and for such a great price. It definitely frees up money for nicer chairs. How many T J Maxx stores did you have to go to to get so many that matched? I always see nice chairs there but not more than four at a time.

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