Today’s post starts a new room in our we-moved-two-months-ago-but-never-shared-all-of-our-last-house posts. WMTMABNSAOOLH for short 😛 Catchy, right? After sharing where the office ended up, now we’re on to the dining room, and are sharing our table for starters!
When we left our first home, we sold our dining room table at the same time since it wasn’t quite the right size for our new space. This dining room was more closed off, and closer to a square sized than a rectangle. After searching for large square tables online, we decided we’d DIY one again, and started planning!
We didn’t really follow any plans per say, but made it all up as we went. M did the majority of this build because I was pregnant (the story of that poor guy’s life through most of these projects) and I may be biased but I think he killed it!
To pick out the exact size we wanted (a luxury of DIYing a table for sure!) we used painters tape on the floor of the room, and came up with a table that was almost a perfect square. After building a few tables, our favorite is definitely a more farmhouse style top with minimal grooves (planed edges) and framed in with mitered breadboards on all sides.
We planed the sides of the boards using our table saw, and sanded everything down nice and smooth once it was all together. All of the boards were put together using pocket holes with our Kreg Jig – one of our favorite DIY necessities!
After that came the legs – OH the legs. I wish we had some amazing mathematical calculations that happened to come up with this, but in the end we just winged it! We gathered some inspiration from Pinterest and made the legs as wide as we could without interfering with a chair or someone sitting down, and then used lag bolts, pocket holes and a ton of screws to make sure it was nice and sturdy.
We put it all together, flipped it over, and said a prayer that it wasn’t crazy wiggly (I swear we normally have it more together, but sometimes you just try to go for it and hope that what’s in your head is as functional in real life!). Spoiler alert, the table fairies must have been with us that day because it was great! We did add a few additional angled supports under the table top to make it that much more solid, but we were excited that it had come together.
Next up was picking a stain. Instead of the usual colors, we ventured to a smaller hardware store in town and picked up these Zar brand colors.
Anddddd…. they ended up all looking almost identical but with different undertones ha! We ended up picking the walnut color and layered it with an additional coat of chestnut on top. I’ll leave all of the finished shots for our final reveal, but here’s a sneak peak of her all done and in the room!
We picked a table size that was wide enough for two chairs on each end, and on the “sides” we could add chairs to fit three easily (or a bench which was original plan) so the table could sit 10+.
Our round kitchen nook table can sit 6-8, so with the addition of this table, we had lots of options for holidays and bigger get togethers!
Next up we’ll share the progress on the actual room, and after that the reveal! This room popped up often on our Instagram page, so just pretend to be surprised throughout this process if you’ve already been following along 😉