10.05.2014

an idea years in the making

I've had this idea for a dining room table that I've been thinking about for over 10 years...
finally I had the time/energy/resources to put into reality the idea that had been been in my head for some time...

After we decided to stay put and not move across the country, we were determined to do the house projects that get put off and forgotten about...until you think about selling the house and then all those things get done.  This time we were going to do all of them and then get to enjoy our house for ourselves.  I was never a fan of our dining room table...and had always wished for a different table...now was the time to make that idea a reality...

I already had a cast iron table base that I picked up for $15 years and years ago...
when I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for the "someday" table...




I bartered 4 rusty metal table legs for 6 reclaimed fir boards from my friend Shelley who is the Queen of Junk...thick heavy boards...a little worse for being outside for a while...but that's what we call patina...







Got the boards home, scrubbed them, bleached them, set them out in the sun to dry...

an aside...Atlas work gloves are the best...great rubber grip and flexible knit backside...I love them...













Laid the boards out, moved them around until I had an arrangement where the boards fit snug...pounded in several wood connectors...essentially wood staples that would hold the boards in place while I secured them with three wood braces.








I also laid down the table base so I could mark 
the position of the screw holes...





For the table braces, I didn't want to use new wood because the tone would be so glaringly bright...rummaging around, I found several used stakes that once held campaign signs of some candidate we were supporting at the time...I cut the stakes into the desired lengths...the leftover pointed ends might be resurrected into a wood composition art piece in the future...












After determining the placement of the braces, I drilled pilot holes for the screws...wrapping a piece of blue tape around the drill bit gave me a guide to the depth of the hole without drilling all the way through the table top...










Once the braces were in place, I used my electric sander to smooth the rough edges and remove any loose splinters...I debated whether or not to apply any sort of sealant...decided against it for the time being...I like the natural tone of the boards and wanted to keep that rough hewn look...

I moved the table top into the dining room for final construction...

















Attached the iron base...noticed that the feet on the legs were rather rough...not wanting to scratch up my wood floors, I cut rounds of self-adhesive felt for a cushion...







Flipped the table over and I was done!







































It didn't take long for me to get the chairs around the table and set up a fall vignette...







































I love seeing the deep grain of the wood planks...







































All the textures and tones that speak an autumn mood...










































































My new table... the perfect palette for whatever the seasons bring...

Joining the group over at Funky Junk Interiors Party Junk...lots of great recycled ideas...tons of inspiration...
and the Salvaged Style Link Party over at Knick of Time

16 comments:

  1. The perfect table for you Amy! Well worth the wait, and so good that you are doing those projects for you now and not because you are going to sell the house. Vacations are so good to figure things out together as a couple and know the best course for your life ahead.

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  2. OMG!! Your work is amazing. It's a beautiful table, really. You must be so proud!

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  3. I love how the table turned out but mostly I love how a ten year old idea finally came to fruition!

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  4. It looks great! I'm inspired and appreciate the tips. Glad you're staying put and making those changes we often put off.

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  5. Oh I love this Amy!
    You had me with the final pic on FB, but seeing the process is terrific!
    Awesome Amy, you new title?

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  6. Adore! wish I could have a table like that ... it's absolutely beautiful - bravo to you!!

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  7. How beautiful, Amy! I know you will really enjoy your new table!

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  8. love the process, love the product

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  9. That is a big wow. And I love those suitcases!

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  10. Adore your new diy dining table Amy, brilliant!

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  11. Oh my... this table is magnificent! I'm so glad you didn't like your other one! LOL Totally featuring this in Party Junk this weekend! :)

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  12. This turned out fabulous !!!
    I did the same thing with my kitchen island - but I really need to find better wood - yours looks gorgeous!
    xoxo

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  13. I love how this turned out. The top looks beautiful in it's natural state.

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  14. Cute cute cute. Love that stack of suitcases too.

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