My Husband-Made Kitchen Table


It’s done!

At the risk of sounding like a sickeningly gushy blogger, am I lucky or what?

This table is amazing, so solid, so beautiful, so far beyond anything we could afford to go to a store and buy. My husband built it, using wood leftover from the hardwood floors he installed last year (that are featured in these pictures in all their dirty, haven’t been mopped in over a week glory) for the table top. With that and all the tools he already had on hand (because I am a smart wife who buys her handy husband a tool for every holiday, per his request), it wound up costing about $350, including the chairs!

I’ll talk more about the chairs in a minute (my contribution to the project), but first, let’s talk table. That’s the real show-piece.

As I mentioned, he used up some pieces of oak flooring we had leftover from our hardwood floor project last year.  We carefully measured out the space we had to work with, taking into account having to put chairs around it and allowing the kids and dogs room to run around it. After all that, we came up with the dimensions of 44 inches by 72 inches for the finished top.

To get that, he started with a 3/4 in thick plywood piece 42.5 x 70.5 inches and nailed down the hardwood flooring pieces. Then he used pieces of the flooring to trim the edges of the table by cutting it down to 1.5 inches thick and angled the corner cuts.

After that, he just sanded and stained it.

The base was inspired by this tutorial from The Art Of Manliness Blog, with dimensions changed to fit with the dimensions of our table top. We also adjusted the leg height to 27″ and made sure there was enough room on the ends to slide a chair under the table.

I know all that is not super detailed, but have no fear. Scott said he’d draw up some more detailed instructions, including how he attached the table top to the base. I’ll come back to this post when he’s finished and upload it. Or, if you’re itching to get started on this and it’s not up, send me an email and I’ll see if we can send some help your way.

I love all the industrial, non-formal details, like how chunky the base is, and these exposed bolts.

Now for the chairs. There was no way I was going to have Scott build them. For one, I didn’t want them to match, but I also knew that would take forever, and cost-wise it probably wouldn’t be worth the time. Then I found some inspiration for rustic tables with modern, slim chairs.

Courtesy of Bella Mancini Designs

After finding these chairs on Overstock.com for only $115 for 2 ($230 for all 4, with $3 super fast shipping), I was SOLD.

They happened to come in while Scott was away on business, so I put them together myself, and it was easy. They do show dirt and food, but they wipe clean in a second. They’re lightweight and stackable, plus they take very little room when pushed under the table, maximizing floor space for us to walk around.

You have no idea how great it feels to blog about a FINISHED project around here. This blog would be full of home-reno awesome if we could just finish all the little things for each project before we start another. Instead, I’m sure I’ll have a million and one things to show you all the week before we list this house for sale…

…which won’t be for a long time, so don’t hold your breath.

For now, I’ll just be drinking coffee at our gorgeous kitchen table. Watching the kids play, and wondering who’s going to be sitting around it in 50 years because it will surely be around still.


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  1. Love it!!! We are moving this week, and are going to build a dining room table using a plan from the Ana White site. Can’t wait!

    LOVE the chairs you picked…and the price! Will definitely keep those in mind!!

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    That is a beautiful table! Your children will be fighting over who gets it when you’re done with it. I have the table and chairs my parents received as a wedding gift 45 years ago, and it’s a treasured piece of furniture for all the memories of family meals around it.

  3. Gorgeous!!! My supervisor in my first ever “grown up” job built her dining room table with her husband. It was 12 ft long and probably one of the most beautiful tables I have ever seen. They built it together the first year they were married by taking a woodworking class at the local technical college. They paid tuition ($75/person in 1980) and the wood was furnished by the school. Great story to go along with the table – They started out with cheapie ladderback chairs that were falling apart. For their 2nd anniversary, they bought nice upholstered chairs for the head/foot of the table. Since then, they’ve added more chairs but they’re all different. When each child turned 12, s/he got to pick out their own chair. Two of the kids are married now and their spouses got to pick out their chair for the table. When the second kid got married, his wife announced at the wedding that she was most excited about picking out her chair! It is truly a family table.

  4. LOVE IT!!! I’ve been checking out rustic looking tables paired with similar chairs and I would definitely pin a picture of this one! Your one lucky gal even if there are some unfinished projects.

  5. What a lucky lady you are!! I agree with an earlier comment that your kids will fight over that table one day. 🙂 I have the table that I ate on as a child and that my mother did too. My grandfather actually found the table top in a barn in Tennessee while on a family vacation when my mom was a little girl! It’s rickity and my husband doesn’t love it, but there is no way I’ll ever get rid of it!!

    Your photos are gorgeous by the way. You have inspired me to photograph the table I love 😉

  6. Awww that’s SO awesome he made that! I love furniture with a story.

    I came here for another reason though, so I hope you’ll forgive me: I’ve decided to start really learning about photography (very much inspired by you!!) & practicing on my mom’s Canon Powershot G12 -> so not a dSLR. ANYWAY. The thing I am wondering is: the family shots you got of the table here, did you use one of the special lenses you talked about in a previous post? It seems you can get so much more in the frame than i can, and I am wondering if this is because I’m not doing something right (settings, composition) OR that it’s not really my fault at all and ohhhh all the shiny cameras & lenses I totally need to accomplish this look hello bank account.

    I’ve been oogling a Clickin Moms subscription, but I just wonder if I’ll get as much out of it if I don’t have a dSLR yet.

    Sorry about the off-topicness. Forgive me if I say your kids are adorable?

    • Of course, you can always ask off topic questions!

      Yeah, all of these pictures were taken with my 30mm 1.4 lens, so I was able to fit a lot more in the shot than I used to with my 50mm (and then I would imagine you can with a p&s). So, part of it is the lens, but that’s also in combination of me really backing up. I was halfway through the hall to the kids room, shooting into the kitchen for those shots. I know the tendency is to get really close or to just let the scene fill the frame from a few feet away, but next time make a conscious effort to really back up as far as your space will let you. You’ll be surprised at how much more you can capture.

  7. That table is GORGEOUS. I love the industrial details as well, and now you have an heirloom. I’m very jealous right now, of the table itself and your husband’s ingenuity and motivation. I can’t imagine my hubs ever taking the time to build us a table from scratch! There was quite a bit of swearing involved just putting together our Ikea dining table.

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  10. Where did you get that adorable chandelier? I love it! I haven’t seen one like that before and I like the rustic quality that it has instead of strands of crystal beads.

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  14. I recently got a new couple of end tables from
    ikea but had a nightmare assembling them, it really is correct what they say concerning Stormy.
    Absolutely heading to the local store next time

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  16. I’m looking for rustic ideas for our house and I remembered your barn door tutorial. THIS though… wow. This table is AMAZING. I’ve always thought your husband was an attractive guy in the photos you share, but suddenly today… he’s sexy, sexy. This is just lovely.

  17. Hey Jill! I was wondering if you are still using this table. We just got something similar and like the look of your chairs but I’m wondering how they held up?

    • Hi! We moved the table to our office in the new house, but we LOVED the chairs and held onto them. They held up great with liberal use of a Magic Eraser. We keep them stacked in the garage now for extra seating.

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