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.
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.