Dining Room Upgrade, Pt.1: The New Table

January 27, 2013


Imagine this conversation between two people:

Person 1: “Let’s [as in will YOU] make this awesome dining room table!”
Person 2: [Reluctantly] “okaaaay…but…we already have a dining room table…that I made…for us…6 months ago”
Person 1: “Yes, but THIS one is bigger. So we can put more food on it. And people around it. And use the smaller, old dining room table as an oversized work space. And I already bought the legs for the new table. So let’s [as in you] get to work!”
Person 2: “Maybe we should wai—-”
Person 1: “Should I drive to Lowes, errr….?”

No ladies and gentlemen, this is not a scene from a bad sitcom. This is real life. This conversation took place in my house a couple of weeks ago. After a little harmless, wifely nagging and some elbow grease, we now have this:


I wouldn’t call the process “simple”, but the results were far worth the hard work. And to give credit where credit is due, I wouldn’t have this table without my amazing husband,  who did 90 percent of the work on making this table. Also, to A Beautiful Mess for inspiring this post with their original one . We followed their tutorial word for word and I even added an homage arrangement on the table to look like Elsie’s in the post.

Let’s start with the before of the dining room:

Moving. The worst.

I will spare you the play by play instructions, since you can get them all here (<–Just in case you missed it last time). Here are a few photos I snapped of the process:


After the table was put together, I stained the table top (2 coats) with Polyshade in Antique Walnut (satin finish).

DSC_0198One thing to remember with staining is that it tends to look much darker in the beginning of the process, understandable since the stain is a liquid and wood darkens when it’s wet. I have to stop myself from being heavy handed with the stain in the beginning.


After the 2nd coat of stain dried (we waited a few days- it was extremely cold that week so we gave it a little extra time to dry), I applied a coat of polyurethane to the top. We did this with the last dining room table that Connor made, and it is practically incapable of being stained. An IMPORTANT LESSON that I learned this go-round was to make sure you use fine toothed sand paper while sanding in between stain/poly coats. I used a sand paper with too rough of a grade and ended up setting us back a day or so. There were tears. But now those tears are locked under 3 layers of poly. Remember that if any of you ever eat at my house.

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Thanks to Connor for making this beautiful table, and to the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess for always providing large amounts of inspiration!

Check back for part two of the dining room later.


6 thoughts on “Dining Room Upgrade, Pt.1: The New Table

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    1. thecleverbunny

      Thank you!!! I seriously think this is my favorite piece in my whole house. It wasn’t that hard to make, either. And for smaller places, you could always do a smaller version of this! The hairpin legs are from ebay. I got four of these (28 inch) legs for $60. What’s so funny is that I have the same project in mind with tree stumps- I have four in my back yard that I want to use. Another cheaper and awesomely industrial option would be castors! I have seen tree stump side tables with castors that I LOVE!

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