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9' Dining Room Table

  • August 24, 2016


My husband and I just bought our dream house that has a wonderful formal dining room area. The minute I saw the dining room, I started thinking about filling it with all of my farmhouse finds and refurbished pieces, but I faced one challenge... The room is so big that it dwarfed the table we already had. Ultimately, I decided to build a 9' table. I wanted to have a rustic yet refined look. I wanted it to be farmhouse; long and skinny. I found some old bed posts on the side of the road that I decided to use as the table legs. Cutting the legs down and getting them level was a bit of a challenge and I ended up having to frame them with 1X4's to add some structure and some level. I used 1X12 material for the table top. I know that these have a tendency to bow, so I took extra care to plane/belt sand the top and bottom. I built the top out of Pine boards but I was unsure what material the legs were made of so I ended up chalk paining the base to avoid any flaws that a stain would bring out. The top is stained with Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Wheat (love) and then a wash of Miniwax Classic Grey on top. The bottom is chalk painted using a custom mixture to create a charcoal color with some blueish tints. I trimmed out the base with 1X2's and beveled them at the corners to give it a seamless look. All-in-all this was so much fun to build. It was my first BIG project and I really just wanted to knock it out of the park on every detail so I took my time with everything, especially sanding. I'm very happy with how it turned out and I have had a ton of positive feedback that has resulted in some custom orders coming in. I'm thrilled that people like my work. It really was a mixture of skill and creativity. A lot of sweat went into making this... Literally, I live in Houston, TX and it is August!!!

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  • This is simply beautiful! You did a great job filling up the space without making it look too big for the room. That can be a tricky line to walk when you're working with large spaces. The finishing technique you use is spot-on. What a great tip too. Anyone following this project can keep that tip in mind: chalk paint not only is incredibly stylish right now, but it's also very forgiving. Beautiful work!

    By RYOBI Nation, on August 29, 2016

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9' Dining Room Table

by logan.hughes88
Aug 24, 2016
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My husband and I just bought our dream house that has a wonderful formal dining room area. The minute I saw the dining room, I started thinking about filling it with all of my farmhouse finds and refurbished pieces, but I faced one challenge... The room is so big that it dwarfed the table we already had. Ultimately, I decided to build a 9' table. I wanted to have a rustic yet refined look. I wanted it to be farmhouse; long and skinny. I found some old bed posts on the side of the road that I decided to use as the table legs. Cutting the legs down and getting them level was a bit of a challenge and I ended up having to frame them with 1X4's to add some structure and some level. I used 1X12 material for the table top. I know that these have a tendency to bow, so I took extra care to plane/belt sand the top and bottom. I built the top out of Pine boards but I was unsure what material the legs were made of so I ended up chalk paining the base to avoid any flaws that a stain would bring out. The top is stained with Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Wheat (love) and then a wash of Miniwax Classic Grey on top. The bottom is chalk painted using a custom mixture to create a charcoal color with some blueish tints. I trimmed out the base with 1X2's and beveled them at the corners to give it a seamless look. All-in-all this was so much fun to build. It was my first BIG project and I really just wanted to knock it out of the park on every detail so I took my time with everything, especially sanding. I'm very happy with how it turned out and I have had a ton of positive feedback that has resulted in some custom orders coming in. I'm thrilled that people like my work. It really was a mixture of skill and creativity. A lot of sweat went into making this... Literally, I live in Houston, TX and it is August!!!