Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dining Room Table

One of the things I've loved so much about blogging this past year is how much I'm learning about home design, building my own furniture, and various wood treatments.  And I look forward to learning so much more.  Now that I work with wood for a living, I've also learned so much about different ways to age new wood, though, I'm certainly no expert.

Several years ago when I decided to build a new dining room table with the table legs that my dad made, I really didn't know that much about any of those things, but we really needed a larger dining table for our larger than usual dining room and I really wanted to give those special table legs a purpose.  The tabletop I put together then was okay, but, I wasn't happy with the dark stain and polyurethane combo I used.  It didn't absorb into the wood, instead, it sat on top of the wood and dried to somewhat of a strange shine.  Neither of which I wanted.  I also longed for a thicker table top.  Preferably barn wood, but, our supply was gone and the barn wood we could find was just the thin 1 inch variety.  Also perfectly fine, but not what I wanted for a top.

My go to wood source for projects around the house is the cheap craft wood aisle at Lowe's, the lower grade, with slight warps and knot holes, works fine for my projects.  It's cheap, even though sometimes you have to sort through the stack to find the best pieces, but again, cheap, and that's just how we have to roll around here.  As many times as I have made trips to Lowe's for wood over the years, I've never ventured into the "man lumber" section.  Well, wouldn't ya know, on a trip with hubby there the other today for deck lumber, I discovered 2 x 8's that were not treated, thick and in my price range!  Duh.  I thought that section only contained green, treated lumber. Well, that has opened up all kinds of possibilities.  And these were going to be perfect for a new tabletop.  I bought 5 of them (each 8 feet long) to make a 6 foot long x 3 foot deep table top.  They were 4.75 each......total cost was 31.00 bucks. 

I really wanted to age the wood to make it look like barn beams, especially since my sweet husband gave me the salvaged barn wood shelf I built for him.  I wanted to make them match.  So I decided to age each piece separately before I even made the top. 

First thing I did was cut each one down to a 6 foot length.  Then I took my sander and rounded all the corners and sides quite a bit so they looked worn down.  I did this with a palm sander and 150 grit sandpaper.  Then I took 220 grit sandpaper and sanded the tops down very smooth, then wiped down completely. 

Next step, BRUSH on Minwax Special Walnut stain.  I brushed it on because you can get so much more into your wood using a brush than using a cloth.  I let it soak in for about 15 minutes and then took a clean, dry rag and wiped off any stain that didn't soak in.  Then I let dry completely for several hours. 

Next step, again using my sander and 150 grit paper, I sanded again, paying close attention to the corners and edges.  The trick is to get those areas to really look worn down.  (Do not sand off all the stain, you just want to distress it a little by removing some of it.)  And then again with 220 grit to get everything nice and smooth.  Wipe down with another clean dry rag to remove every last bit of sanding dust.  Then I took another clean, dry rag and used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural to wax each board.  Then wipe to a nice smooth finish.  It will be so smooth and lovely.

Then I just laid each board side by side, attached beams to the back with large screws to hold together, attached the table base with angled wood corner braces that attach to the table top and each apron underneath, turn it over and that's it.  Here is a before pic of the dark table that I wasn't happy with.
And here is the new tabletop.
I am so thrilled with this top!  It's thick and sturdy and matches the salvaged barn wood shelf behind it perfectly!  And it lightens the room, 
which always seems dark because of the dark floors.
I don't think I could be more pleased.
 I don't know about you, but when you get something new for a room, does it inspire you to completely change the room?  It sure does me, so, that's what I did.  And I'm very lucky to have a hubby who doesn't mind if I do these things, as long as I keep costs very low.  

I also took down the monster shelf I built for my platter collection that was in the place the shelf is in now.  Again, another one of those things I learned.  It was too big for the room (if that's possible) and I wanted the table to be the focal point.

BEFORE
Um...icky photo.  Also before the new camera (and learning not to take photos at night.)  I laugh when I see posts and photos from when we first started this blog a year ago.  Clearly, I knew nothing about taking photos.  But that's what it's about, right?  
Learning as you go along.  
Here it is after removing the shelf monstrosity.
So much better.  I kept the white console table my dad built for me and moved it across the room.   The huge rolling pin is vintage and was a gift from my hubby.  :)   The mint growing in the chocolate terra cotta container is orange mint and smells so good!
 We got rid of a few other pieces of furniture.  When hubby comes home with vintage furniture pieces, I tend to cram them all in the dining room because it's so big and I want to keep everything he finds.  But I'm learning that less really is more.  You know?  I also made a lot of changes on the walls, just by moving some things from other rooms into the dining room.  It's an inexpensive way to change a look.  

A few months ago I saw this amazing huge chalkboard made from salvaged molding on Maria's blog.  I know, I know......another chalkboard.  But this was the king of all chalkboards, so I gave away all my other ones and decided to build one like Maria's using new molding instead of salvaged.  I have to say that I adore Maria's style and blog.  I recently splurged and purchased one of her vintage french linen kitchen towels.  It is so lovely that washing and drying my hands in the kitchen has become a simple pleasure.  ;)  Anyway, I'm currently working on several tutorials, one of which is how to build this giant chalkboard.
Another change was the curtains.  We've always had the wood blinds, which I love.  I've received so many emails asking where we purchased those blinds.  We bought them at Lowe's when we first moved into our home.  I'm not sure if they are still available because it's been so long.  I don't know the name either but I do know they are bamboo.  I bought these sheers at Wal-Mart for $16.00.  I changed out the curtain rod with a skinnier one to accommodate the curtain holes. 
Our dining room and kitchen are my two most favorite rooms in our home, probably because it's where we are the most.
 Done!  If you are still here after that long post, thanks for visiting today!  Stay tuned for tutorials, back porch decor and a fun vintage school map project for one of my kid's rooms!  Have a great weekend!

Diana
P.S.  The paint used on the walls is Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore.  :)

P.P.S  Please check out this post for the tutorial and photos on how I built this table. :)

186 comments:

  1. Once again you nailed it!!!! Love it!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COMING OVER FOR THE BLUEBERRY PIE!!! LOL -JODY :)

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  2. Gorgeous! Staining my farm table top dark has been on my to-do far to long, you
    re giving me the kick I need ;)

    Looks WONDERFUL!

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  3. I love it! I also like the simple is more approach too! When I first started blogging, I got so caught up in the cute DIY projects I could do! Then I took a step back and realized I didn't have all the space for that stuff! So I decided to try the larger items (like your chalkboard which is great btw, can't wait for the tutorial on that!!) to make a big impact instead of a bunch of smaller ones. Bigger ones are easier to clean than a bunch of small ones anyway, right? :) Ok, so I am rambling, but I really love the tabletop, and everything about the room, really! Your house is gorgeous!!

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    1. I love your comment, Jessica! I did the same thing! Have a great evening! And thanks!

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  4. Wow, I am so taken with your home! I love it.all of it! I was especially touched by your table that you built with your father and how other pieces in your home seem to have special meaning, as well. I really like the calmness of your color scheme, too. Just lovely! And, I predict a magazine will snap you up, your house is picture perfect! Michele

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    1. Thank you, Michele! That is so sweet of you to say! With kids and laundry, it doesn't always look this way! LOL! Thanks again!

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  5. I LOVE your house! Your house is picture perfect as Michele said above! Thanks so much for sharing. Little by little I am transforming mine to replicate yours!

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  6. That is so beautiful! I love it. I wish I had your creativity, but you inspire me!!

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    1. Thank you Chris! Its so nice to know that I can inspire!

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  7. You know, just when I think I couldn't love your home anymore ~ something else fabulous shows up! Wow, you did a magnificent job on your table. I can't imagine being talented in wood working (thank God for your dad, right?) but it's such a creative outlet and provides so many wonderful pieces for your home. I love the giant chalkboard too! Oh well, it's just a fact that I LOVE it all ~ :-)

    xo
    Pat

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    1. Thank you sweet Pat! Enjoy your break and come back refreshed! :)

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  8. Ooh my gosh! I am in love with this post, everything about it! You did an amazing job on your table, it is exactly what I have been in visioning doing when we get our own house! Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

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  9. I love the new table top!! Your house is beautiful!!
    ~Angela

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  10. I love your new table Diana and how special it is that you created it from your heart and hands...so many memories ya'll will make around that table.

    I can't wait to see your porch. I've been doing a little outdoor decorating myself...hopefully it will all come together and I'll post some pictures.

    Hugs!
    Judy

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  11. This is fabulous! I love your dining room....I have been debating on painting my 2 antique pieces (buffet and credenza) to match my two tone table black/wood...but its not the farm table my husband have always wanted. Im thinking of pulling off the top and making my own....you have now given me the mojo.

    Maybe I redo the antique pieces and sell them in my shop. Im also loving the less is more style. I have 5 children and although I love sentimental things Im noticing that Im packing up things and either bringing to the shop or away.

    Anyhow...this is just awesome in everyway....Can't wait to see your tutorials. Im a chalkboard and pallet fanatic.

    MJ
    Lucky 7 Design

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    1. Chalkboards and pallets.......I can't get enough! Thanks MJ!

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  12. Isn't it so fantastic how much blogging has brought into our lives? From how to take the perfect photos to how to style to colour choices to how to build things - it's utterly amazing how much I've learned since I began blogging. And I thought I already knew a lot!!! lol

    Love your dining room. Both the table and the shelf are awesome.

    xox

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    1. Hi Anne, I totally agree! I love being able to learn so much! Thank you! :)

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  13. I love your table! It's beautiful!
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! Thanks for taking the time to stop by! :)

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  14. Seriously!!!! I love this! your entire room is fab

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  15. The new table top looks fabulous. All the care you took with each step to get the finish you wanted really paid off. It looks like that top has been married with those legs forever.

    I like how you have edited things in your dining room. I thought it was lovely before...and it still is with your new tweeks to it.

    Thanks for sharing the process of how you achieved that worn finish on your top. : )

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  16. You really have a very good eye for detail and colour - well done, it's turned out brilliantly.........B:)

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  17. You are so gifted .... love the new table and can't wait to see the tutorials on the giant chalkboard ! Every time I use my bread boards I think of the time and talent that went into them !

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  18. Every room you've shown in your home is wonderful and the dining room is no exception! I love, love, love every bit of it. You're so talented and creative. Please keep sharing pics of your home. ♥

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  19. Me gusto mucho el cambio , aunque antes tambien estaba bien !!
    Besos .

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  20. I love this new table....and all your other furniture in your house...so awesome...greetings from germany!!

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  21. I love it, Diana! Beautiful, fun changes. We needed new towels...and when I came home with them all of a sudden I am redoing the whole bathroom. ha! :)

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  22. Your rooms are some of the most beautiful I've seen! I love everything in this dining room!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  23. Your dining room looks incredibly beautiful!! I rmember liking the table before, but now it it perfect! Great job!

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  24. Always check the sink before you buy your utility sink faucet because not all faucets are compatible with all sinks. Ascertain that you shut off the water source before you start your installation or replacement.

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  25. Just beautiful, Diana! I love the changes that you made in your dining room. Subtle, but completely lovely. Thanks for the daily dose of inspiration. Off to tweak my own dining area now... ;)

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  26. Love the dining room light fixture. Would love to know where it came from!

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  27. Jenny, I actually don't know where it came from. We ordered it through the contractor when picking out fixtures. It actually used to have frosted glass shades but I began to hate them because they forced the light upwards on the ceiling. So I took them off and added those mini clip on shades from Lowes. :)

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  28. Your dining room is lovely and welcoming. What a wonderful place for your family to enjoy meals together. You made so many of the furnishings and they are beautiful. You are a very talented person. Thank you for sharing your expertise and style.

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  29. Beautiful! I absolutely LOVE your home:)

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  30. Gorgeous dining room and table! Heck, I even loved the table BEFORE! ;-)

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  31. Please tell more about the banner with the place names on it. That is stunning.

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    1. Hi Holly, I bought that from farmhousewares.com last year. :)

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  32. Were there any gaps inbetween your boards on your dining room table? How does that workout with dinner crumbs? Or did you fill the cracks? Thanks for any help!

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    1. I would like to know the answer to this as well...any gaps?

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    2. No gaps, if there are crumbs, I clean them off. :)

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  33. I love the shelving to the right in the last pic, did u make that?

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    1. No, we bought that from a yard sale several years ago and I simply painted it white and added the hardware. :)

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  34. I'm curious why you used the finishing wax paste instead of poly on the top. Any special reason? I just stained our coffee table the same color and need to seal it, perhaps I'll follow your step of distressing it first too because its absolutely amazing looking!!

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    1. Hi Shannon, I'm just more of a fan of finishing wax than poly. Poly is kinda hit and miss sometimes as far as the finish goes and wax just makes the finish seem more consistent throughout the piece, if that makes sense. And so much easier to apply.

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  35. Hi Diana, You really are an inspiration to us women (& men) who are afraid to tackle a make over. It really doesn't take more than inspiration and a little know how. Do you ever go to sleep? Does the hamster ever come off the wheel? Does your husband run when he sees you having an "A HUH" moment, like a light from heaven shining down upon you? LOL, I can't tell my husband quarter of the stuff running around in my brain for the fear he will flee. But seriously, you really inspired me in my house renovations and for that I'm grateful.
    BTW PLEASE!!! tell me what color your kitchen is? Is it Manchester Tan as well? Love your Vintage Home. Blessings from New Brunswick.

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    1. Hi Kathy, your comment made me LOL! Yes, my husband does sometimes run when I mention my ideas, quite a lot actually, even tries to convince me that something won't work, which makes me more determined. In the end, he's always proud of me for not listening to him grumble and accomplishing what I set out to accomplish. :) I do sleep, but sometimes my crazy thinking process keeps me awake, ha! And believe me, I have had plenty of failures in the process, I just don't let them stop me or get me down, as far as home decor goes, anyway. ;) Thank you for your kind words. The kitchen color is called light gray and it's by Farrow and Ball.

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  36. Thanks for the information on the kitchen color! You are an official member of the "Can Make a Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear" Club. I welcome you with open arms, paint in my hair, and a crazy twitching eye from lack of sleep (lol). ~ Blessings ~

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  37. So happy I stumbled upon this on pinterest. I have been scouring the Goodwill stores looking for a cheap kitchen able I could fix up and convert into a coffee table/kids activity table. I think I will do this instead for about the same price! Love it! Thx!

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  38. O.K so I just got here for the first time...and I don't want to alarm you but I may be here awhile....I will try to keep the squeals done...Love your blog and your stlye!! All the best,Chrissy

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  40. I SO love the shelves you built for your ironstone...how do you get your plates and platters to stand up? Do you use plate stands? LOVE this room (and your ENTIRE house)...keep these awesome posts coming!
    Tiffany

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  41. Everything is so inviting and says "welcome home" so elegantly, yet is still cozy!

    Polyester Chair Covers

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  42. SO happy that I found your blog! My husband and I just bought our first house and you have inspired me to do a lot of the renovations myself! Thanks for sharing!!

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  43. I love your room> I planned on making my own table myself and painting everythings white too. Glad to have saw yours , lovely I am going to my nearest store. Thanks.

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  44. This is exactly the look I'm going for with my dining room! Love your blog and looking forward to exploring!!

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  45. I hav e a cheap IKEA table that has similar legs to this table. I'm going to take off the top and replicate the one you've made here. Two questions:
    1) after using the table for awhile, would you recommend using gorilla glue, or something similar to seal the space between the boards?
    2) what color did you use to paint the legs?

    Thank you so much for your inspiration! I'll email you pics whent it's finished. I'm praying it comes out as beautifully as yours. :-)

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    1. Hi VIctoriam. I was curious if you did this project with the ikea table? I was thinking of doing the same for a ikea coffee table today. Just curious bc I would love to see how it turned out. I am most worried about making it look distressed like the picture shown here. Its so beautiful. I hope I can do it the same! thanks.

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  46. LOVE this so much! How long was your original table?

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  47. completely coveting your amazing skills and attention to detail right now!!! You have such an incredible talent.

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  48. I love love that chalkboard... do you have that tutorial finished yet?! :)

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  49. hi, i just found your site via pinterest. i love the look of your table, and am in the middle of constructing (well, ok, my dad is constructing) something similar. i am wondering about the durability of a waxed top, instead of one with a eurethane of some sort. how's it holding up?
    tracy

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  51. I love EVERYTHING about your dining room - not only your table. Great job!!

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  52. Hi, love love your home...breathe taking beautiful.. my husband is building me a farm house table, he is about to sand it. I was wondering what color is your dining room table stain? Beautiful home...

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  53. Hi! Did you attach the new one to top of the other table or
    did you take off the table top? Thanks!!

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  54. I know I've seen your table before but I'm seeing it with new eyes this evening because we've been looking for an old table for my back porch. You've opened up a whole new possibility! Thanks, Diana!

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  55. The table looks amazing. We would love to do one like that. Which kind of wood is that? is it pine?
    thanks a lot!

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  56. I came across your blog today and I'm so in love with your home!!! I'm slowly, but surely going to get the same look!!! I love that it's so crisp and refreshing. I love everything about it!! Great job!!! =)

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  57. Love it! Creating things yourself make a house a home!

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  58. Fantastic make over! You really made the room look fresh and new.

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  59. Caught a "peek" of the burlap window treatments and cafe curtain on your above sink window in the kitchen. Love the look, could you post or email me a closer up photo of them with some tips. Considering doing something similar for the tops of my bay windows. email is bhs313@hotmail.com

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  60. Hi,
    I am obsessed with your dining table!! Where did you find those cushions? I must get them :)

    Candice

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    1. Candice, I used canvas drop cloth and painted on the stripes. :)

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    2. Thank you! I have been looking all over for fabric and not finding much. I may just have to copy your suggestion :)

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  61. I came across your blog through a friend of a friend and your table/dining room is wonderful, but what I love most is how delightful you are. I love how you comment back to everyone. You have such great energy. Thank you for just being so nice.

    Dawnelle

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    1. Aww, thanks Dawnelle! What a very sweet comment! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and an extra thanks for taking the time to comment. I may not get to reply back to everyone but I do cherish every comment I get on this blog. :)

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  62. You have such a wonderful blog and a beautiful home! I love your dining room table and everything in it -- I especially LOVE that wood open shelving unit on casters in the last picture -- did you make that or buy it?? It's gorgeous and exactly what I'm looking for, for my dining room! Thanks for the inspiration, I will definitely be coming back!

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  63. Nice job!! Building a new dinnIng room is on my to-do lisT (if I ever come up with enough spare time). Yours turned out FAB!!

    Tammy

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  64. Can you add a picture of the underneath side of the table?

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    1. yes ! please pretty please !

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  65. Where are the chairs from? And how was the bottom made? Thanks! Love your home!!

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  66. Rebecca SassevilleWed Jul 11, 05:12:00 PM CDT

    My husband will kill me for reading this post. I so want to make my own dining table and this is just the inspiration to do it. The pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing...

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  67. I, too, think my husband will be thoroughly upset that I read this. I have wanted a custom wood dining table forever! I love the look of yours. Can you show us a picture of the bottom and how it was all put together? I would love to do a smaller scale of this for my dining area :)

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  68. Oh, my heavens....Here I was, admiring your dining room, thinking...wow...love that paint color. And lo and behold I read the bottom of your post and it said BM- Manchester Tan...I just finished painting my dining room Manchester Tan yesterday! Yay Me! That makes me so happy!

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  69. Oh my gosh....LOVE your dining room. I have been searching all over for a table to refinish for my sewing room. I like your idea soooo much more. Thanks for sharing :)
    cutestdollsever.blogspot.com

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  70. Did you make the "bookcase" on wheels in this room. I need something just like this. Thanks Jacque

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    1. Yes, I did. Hubby and I didn't follow a plan but we were inspired by the one at Restoration Hardware. We used barn wood. :)

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  71. Did you make the "bookcase" in the room. I have been looking for a piece just like this. Thanks Jacque

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  72. Where did you find your chairs to put with this table? It's beautiful, I love it!

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    1. Target, about 10 years ago. May not be available any longer. They were wood and I painted them white. :)

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    2. IKEA has similar chairs that come in black-brown and wood finish for $59.99. They are called INGOLF chairs.

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  73. What did you use to paint/stain the top of your tabel to make it look like that?

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  74. I can't seem to find the wax finish at Lowes. I too hate shiny wood and would love to finish a few home projects with a wax top. Anything extra you can tell me about it or how to find it would be amazing.. I love your table. I want one just like it but I love counter height tables and I wouldn't know where to start to find chairs to match its beauty.

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  75. It looks amazing. Great job and its wonderful to see so many great photos. I'm off to Lowes.

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  76. Diana, I love what you have done to transform your house into your "home." I was curious what color white paint you have used on your dining room table bottom, and the other white pieces of furniture you have scattered throughout? I was also curious if your sofa in the living room is white or off white. Whites can be funny to work with and yours seem to work perfectly. Thanks for sharing your amazing work!

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    1. Hi, I always use an ultra white from either Valspar or Olympic. I don't like regular white as it always appears dingy to me. Also, the sofa is slip covered in canvas drop cloth which is off white. Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  77. Where did you get those chairs? We are looking fog white chairs and those are perfect!

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  78. I love your blog! Haven't read through much but I love your style and the simplicity yet beauty you bring to your projects. My husband has built a few things for us and I love the uniqueness of each project. I'm pinning and pining away! Have a blessed day!

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  79. I wish your blog had Pinterest "pin it" buttons on it. Would love to share your wonderful pages.

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  80. I loved your table so much I'm selling mine and have started the process to make this one. I have painted the bottom and chairs and now I'm ready to make the top, I'm so scared!!! I have 3 kids under 5 and I'm wondering how this table cleans up. Is it hard keeping it clean and do things fall through the cracks? Also i was wondering if ur wood that u bought were all the boards were perfectly strait, mine ard looking a little curved Thanks for your help.

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    1. Hi Lindsey, our children aren't little so we don't really have problems with food in the cracks. The boards are touching so food can't actually fall through to the floor. If I ever do have problems with food in there, I would probably just vacuum it out. The only thing I would do differently is use satin polyurethane instead of the wax I used because glasses left on the table for a long time leave rings. I only put one coat of wax so I'm not sure if more coats would fix this. It doesn't bother me though as you can barely see them. Yes, my boards weren't perfectly straight either. I had to play around with the placement to get the best fit before I attached the brace to the back. If your boards are warped I would return them. When I pick out wood at Lowe's for a project such as this, I always lay it on the store floor to see if it lays flat. I lay it flat and then on it's side to make sure it isn't wobbly. Good luck! Your table will be great!! :)

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    2. Thanks Diana! I took the wood back and I looked through their wood and only found 2 good pieces. I haven't given up yet though, lol;). I know I'm so annoying to keep asking questions but ur the only one who I can ask:). What wood did u end up using? I have looked at the wood in the dueling wood and I don't know if it's the stuff u got. Anyhow the 1st wood I bought was Douglas Fir, is that the stuff u used? Thanks again, I love what you do and I adore your home:) u have such yummy taste!!!:)

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    3. I would also like to know what type of wood was used! I continue to come back to this page and look at this table. It is breathtaking, and I hope mine will turn out the same. You mentioned you got 2x8 untreated wood, but is it Cedar or Pine? I'm looking at Lowes online and am having a hard time figuring it out. Also- it shows you used 5 boards, and the table is 3 feet in width... it's not adding up for me. Help!!

      Thanks a bunch!
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  81. Wow! That is amazing!! Love the table, I truly would love to build one but my time is limited so it's on my "In the future Todo list". Amazing and what an inspiration.

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  82. I adore this table. This is exactly what my husband and I were dreaming of for building our own dining table. I was wondering how tall are the table legs you're using? I'm not sure if we need to use 29" or 35" height for the legs. Thanks!!

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    1. The height of our table legs is 30 inches. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  83. LOVE your designs!! Where did the NYC print come from??

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  84. did you just have the table legs, or were they already attached to the apron? this table is incredible btw!

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  85. Love your Farm Table. I just picked one up at an auction a couple of weeks ago so I'm very excited!!! You did an incredible job!!! Found you on Pinterest and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit and follow me back. http://www.vintagestreetdesigns.com You have a lovely home & blog! Blessings ~ Judy

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  86. My husband and I are going to make our own dining room table as well. We've just received our iron hairpin legs by mail, and now it's time to decide on the tabletop. I love the finish of yours and think we'll give it a try! Thanks for sharing the names of the products you used. :) -- Bree

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  87. WOW! This is EXACTLY what I had pictured in my head that I want for a dining room table. Been trying to explain to the hubs what I want..... THANK YOU for having the same taste as me and having pictures of what was in my head (not to mention a tutorial for how to do it). I'm SO excited :)

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  89. Omg! So gorgeous!! Question, did you stain all the sides of the wood? Or just the top and sides?

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  91. Thank you so much for the inspiration and tutorial! We just redid our dining room table after reading your blog and falling in love with your dining room. THANK YOU!! Read about our table here: http://scrapmonster.blogspot.com/2012/09/rustic-dining-table-make-over.html

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  92. Thanks for the about Dining Room Sets technical Info. I expect much from your blog.

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  93. Howdy! I am going to build your table as surprise for my wife. I'm just wondering how you mounted the table top boards together?

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  94. where did you get the kitchen chairs that you have in the picture?

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  95. Thanks for the about Dining Room Sets technical Info. I expect much from your blog.

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  96. Just wanted to say thank you so much for your inspirational blog! I finished my table today and I LOVE it. I blogged about it here if you want to see some pics!
    www.busybeautifulbudget.blogspot.com

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  97. Useful information provided about dining room table for better home. Thanks for sharing.

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  98. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog on pinterest (this table to be exact!) and my fiance and I love your blog! We have just moved in to our house and are fixing up as we go. We love the vintage style, so you are becoming an inspiration for us!
    I have a question :) The "Curio" in your picture, did you make that? If so how? I LOVE it! I'm sorry if I missed this tutorial or if someone commented about it already.
    Thank you so much for sharing your home!!
    Lindsey

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  99. I found you through Pinterest as well. Love the table. Where did you get the black subway-like sign? Enjoyed the tour!

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  100. I ran into to this tutorial about a week ago on pinterest. I'd been looking for a farmhouse style table for awhile, but they were all out of my price range. I ended up making this over the last two days, with just a few small changes. I braced the legs on the outside of the apron with metal brackets, but left out the angled wood braces on the inside. I made the wooden brackets under the table top to fit snugly within the frame. I wanted to be able to leave the frame and top unconnected, because boy, this bad boy is heavy! It came out beautifully! Thank you so much for the inspiration! I'd love to send you a picture.

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  101. I love your table and your home! Wow! gorgeous. You are extremely talented! I want to copy it BUT- I have little kids, with spills every day. Do you use this table for every day use? or just special occasions? Would you not recommend doing this table for this stage in my family with the little kids? I don't want to be anal and worry about every single spill my child makes, so do you think it will get destroyed? or hold up? How do you clean it? Can you wipe it with a wet rag? I noticed in your blog you said you used mini wax, and in a comment you said you wished you had used poly- do rings not show up on poly? why did you want to use the poly instead? can you use a wet rag on poly? thanks

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  102. I hope you don't mind but I used your picture in a post of mine with a link back here and credit to you. That table is amazing and makes me swoon! Here's the link to the post I wrote: http://happyhereblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/craft-time/

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  103. Just got done sanding 4 planks that will someday (soon) be a table for my apartment. We'll see if this entire project can be done in my little place (& the sidewalk outside). Home improvement stores = beyond helpful! And your post started it all. Thank you!!

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  104. Thank you for sharing your project with us. It looks like it involves a lot of handy work. I wish I could do something like that. However I am very satisfied with my replacement table tops. They add a new dimension to the room without having to put all of that work in.

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  108. Thanx so much for sharing! I have an antique library table that has some type of funky worn leather top on it that is beyond repair yet the rest of the table and detail on it are in incredible shape, very solid. I've been contemplating doing something like this for a while now and seeing your post today make me realize this was the perfect solution. You rock!!

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  109. Love love love both your before and after. I was in the process of refinishing my dining room table when my husband suggested he just make a new top for it. Music to my ears as I couldn't imagine how my redone top would look as it is veneer...that being said, I remembered I had pinned your table and went back to show him the finished product. In re poking at it I realized your "old" table centerpiece hurricanes are exactly like my new ceiling light fixture in my hallway. Any clue where you purchased them? Or if you are ready to part with them I would be willing to buy as they will fit perfectly! Just a thought. Again, awesome living space!

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  110. Sharing your project with us. It looks like it involves a lot of handy work.
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  111. Your home is beautiful! My husband and I have 5 children, and I am in nursing school! I wish I was creative like that! I guess I will just stick to nursing! :) Thank you for sharing your projects! Misty

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  112. I am somya, I am also a web designer and I like your blog too much the colors and themes are really nice.
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  113. Your dining room is fantastic, I love the vintage feel you have going throughout your home!

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  115. This is my first time i visit here.
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  116. Do you have a tutorial for your chalkboard? Love how big it is!!

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  117. Oh pretty please share the paint color in your dining room! Stunning design!

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  118. Love this table!!! I am so going to do this!! What color of white did you use on the rest of the table??

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  119. I am swati, I am also a web designer and I like your blog too much the colors and themes are really nice.
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  120. How long did you let the stain dry? When you said several hours, did you mean like 3 or 4 hours or closer to overnight?

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  121. This blog is just wonderful.The dining room table is the most noticed and most used dining furniture.Your dining space is definitely one of the primary units of your house as that is the place where you have your meals. Therefore the dining room should be decorated in such a way that would make people enjoy their meals all the most.

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  122. I just stumbled onto your page courtesy of Pinterest and i must say i'm very pleasantly surprised! What a gorgeous table and i adore your dining room too! You just gave me a whole bunch of ideas for my home now LOL

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  123. for those asking the paint color used in the dining room this was at the end of her blog. Yes i actually read it all LOL

    P.S. The paint used on the walls is Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore. :)

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  124. This is a great table! We are building one very similar to this right now. I am curious how well the wax finish has held up since you made this? We have 3 young kids and our table will be our only dining table and will be used many times a day. So I wondered how well it holds up against daily wear and tear, setting drink glasses on it, etc. Thanks so much!

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  125. I want your house AND the large chalkboard to-do!!! I love it and want to put it in the mudroom right next to our kitchen!!!!! When will you post?!?

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  126. Where did you get the NYC banner?

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  127. Could you please tell me how you created the cushions for your dining room chairs?

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  128. Love the table!! I have been searching for one of my own, but I can't see paying what they want for one. I understand how you did the top, but how did you do the base with the legs? Thanks!

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  129. I had to scroll down for two days just to comment because you're blog has rock start status. And all I wanted to say was, I love and adore your table and I must make a copy cat of that chalkboard -omg <3

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  130. Love the room and the table! Trying to gauge the size of the new chalkboard you built. What are the dimensions? is it over six feet?

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  131. what stain did you use on your hardwood floors, and what kind of wood is it

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  132. what stain did you use on your hardwood floors, and what kind of wood is it

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  133. I think this room was beautiful before too! Where did you buy that kitchen table? Do you happen to have any recommendations for where I can find vintage dining room furniture stores in Dudley, MA? Please let me know, thanks.

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  134. This looks so good!! I'm a sucker for nice looking dining room furniture in Vermont . I hope to get a table much like yours.

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  135. Love this idea! And your dining room is too cute! Love it all!

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  136. New to your blog!!! You have wonderful tastes, Love the table and I love your front porch!!!! I am a sucker for front porches!!!
    On this post, you mentioned a tutorial on the giant chalk board. I tried a search but could find it on your blog. Did you happen to post one, or is it still in the works? Thanks!!!

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  137. realy nice table i built 2 farmhouse tables 6x3ft with 1in pine 3 board tops this summer one white shabby chic and one with stained top i am going to build one like yours next summer with the thick top for a friend.yours is a beauty.

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  138. I really like the table, but I really LOVE the barnwood shelf with the wheels. Anyway you could put the dimensions of it out there?

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    1. Hi Tony, the shelf is 5 ft tall (not including wheels) and 3 feet wide. :)

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  139. Hi!

    Can you tell me what type of wood you used for this table? Pine?
    Thank You!

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