Sunday, August 3, 2014

New (Old) Dining Room Table

Hello!  Wow, it's been a while hasn't it?  I'm still working on projects but just have been too busy to blog about them.  This past month, hubby and I worked on a couple of dining room projects and I wanted to share them with you here.

First up, a longer, more rustic dining room table.

Since our home is over 100 years old with our dining room being one of the biggest rooms in the house, I've always envisioned a long, very worn looking farmhouse table to go in the room.  Something that looked like it had been there all those years, with all kinds of history and stories behind it.  I had tried to create that several times with two different dining tables that I had built but I was never completely happy deep down with them.  But I am now.  I love what my hubby and I created, using the beautiful white table legs that my dad turned himself before he passed away.

Here's a look.....

We used barn wood from a very old barn in the country.  We cleaned and sanded it smooth.  I wanted to leave the table and sides raw so that's just what I did.   Our children are no longer little so I'm not worried about it getting stained or ruined.  After we use it, I just wipe it down with a damp rag.  Because the wood is very old and worn, imperfections will not bother me.  For those wondering, this table is 8 feet long and 3 feet across.

I adore all the cracks, worn edges and nail holes.   To me, that creates lots of character.

To build the table, I followed the same process that I shared here.

The other project we worked on together was a very rustic buffet that we also built from the same barn wood.

Very simple and rustic, which is what I like.  And both projects cost us absolutely nothing other than time and sweat as we had all the materials.  I love projects like that. 

Hope you are enjoying your summer!



  1. May you enjoy that table as long as you want to! It's lovely.

  2. Diana,
    It is beautiful. I love that you left the wood natural and it gives the table such character. So pretty.

  3. What a beautiful table and what a lovely tribute to your dad.
    xo Jonni xo

  4. Ok I put a comment and it disappeared! lol...just wanted to say that I love love love the look!

  5. As I was cleaning my kitchen counters and rearranging the bread boards that I bought from you it got me thinking that you haven't posted anything lately. I now know why. The table is absolutely beautiful and so is the rustic buffet with the arrangement of bread boards. I notice that you were busy painting as well. Was the chalkboard wall to dark for the space? I liked how it looked with the other light color walls and wood accents. Glad to read that you are okay but just busy. Looking forward to reading about your other projects.

  6. it made my day to see a new post from you! and i adore your table and rustic buffet. i know how special the table legs mean to you knowing the special bond between you and your dad....every time you sit at your table in a small way he's "with" you.

    hope you find time to blog more in the future but it sometimes is hard to find the time. take care diana!

  7. Just the perfect table for that room!

  8. looks gorgeous absolutely love your dining room.

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  9. Simple and beautiful. Great job.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  10. So glad your back and I love both the table and buffet. Everything you do is eye candy for sure - me and my hubby have been discussing building a tall shelf unit like yours. I can't wait!

  11. oh man that is beautiful! LOVE it!

  12. okay, so...your table is crazy gorgeous and the whole space you shared photos of, melted my heart a tad....ahhh....i have fallen for it all! ~ashley

  13. Oh! Love at first sight! Not only gorgeous, but so neat that it has a special connection to your father.

  14. Seriously... the most gorgeous farm table I have ever laid eyes on!

  15. The table is seriously gorgeous and such a great size. Love the whole dining room and I think it is awesome that you have such a big space to use for your dining room as ours is on the tiny side.

  16. Absolutely beautiful! I think it's so special that you could incorporate the table legs your father made. You both have talents that amaze me.

    I've really missed you! I've had technical/computer/internet issues for months so haven't been able to visit. Glad you're back!

    New email:

  17. My girlfriend said, "You've got to go to this girl's blog!" She was right. It's great. I just finished going through the whole thing. You and your husband remind me a lot of me and my husband. We're into vintage and we also make things. I really liked your story about the bread boards and how you put "Dad" on the side. It was very touching. I'll see you again!

  18. Love it!!!! Simple, rustic and perfect. I love old barn wood .. unfortunately out here in the Southwest we don't do old so we don't get the chance to get reclaimed items .. unless it's from the 1980s then we will be set.

  19. I absolutely love your style. I especially like your arrangement of bread boards. The table is one of the greatest, best, most beautiful, rustic and reclaimed I have ever seen. The sign is great too. Can I just have your kitchen?

  20. Found you on pintrest, spent the last hour drooling over your home photos and projects!
    In another post, you mentioned you weren't sure how to fill a large room. Have you thought about switching one of your living spaces with the dining room? We had a formal dining room we used 1x year, we had a decent eating area in the kitchen so we made it our living room.. Its better use of the space for sure! (For our family anyways) And we haven't missed the formal dining table/space when hosting holidays. Again, loving your home!


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