Guys, I want to take a moment to pay homage to my husband. He works 12 hours a day, is an avid cyclist, and STILL finds time to build things. He is like Superman only in a racing kit:
A month before we moved into our new house, we scoured every major furniture store in search of a table that would fit our dining space. I call it a “space” because it is literally part of our living room. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE this house and the openness of the floor plan, but we had little to work with by way of room for a table.
After all our visits to West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Ikea, after countless hours rummaging through pages and pages on Craigslist and eBay, our search for a table had equaled a shopping fail.
I’m getting to my point. Hang in there.
So, Connor’s answer to this, as is his solution to most problems: “Why don’t we just build one?”
“Yeah!”, I said “Why don’t I just go ahead and shoot laser beams out of my eyeballs that somehow stimulate the dirt in our backyard to grow a money tree while it simultaneously rearranges my molecules to make me look like Gisele!” Connor generously ignored my sarcasm and ushered me into the car to take a trip to the hardware store.
So, finally, I want to show you the awesome dining room table Connor made for us! He picked out a Birch Plywood (he worked at a lumber yard in Alaska! I know, right????!) We bought two pieces of it and Connor adhered them together, eventually edging the perimeter of the table to perfection to give it a craftsman look. Then, he put a few layers of polyurethane on the table top, and attached four leg posts to the bottom (which come pre-cut and threaded so that all you have to do is literally screw them onto the attachment pieces). After that, we had a beautiful, one-of-a-kind dining room table.
Here is how it went:
Connor worked a couple of days on the weekend and a few nights after work to get this table done…
…and there it is! Oh, and this is how I contributed:
Yup. Teamwork. 😉
And here is what it looks like in our dining room:
I love the different layers and shades of the Birch Wood. And Connor really outdid himself with the edges.
While Connor’s DIY skills put my spray painting skills to shame, it’s really good to be reminded of the capability of design: If you want something, make it happen, or simply just make it. There is always a way.
Also, it’s nice to know that I found another clever bunny to be my partner in life. But that’s just for me =)
Check back for more on my sun room, plus a really fun project that has to do with toilet paper!
I am heading to my first estate auction tomorrow, so, can’t wait to share with you my finds!