While the Dining Room still isn't finished, I've got to tell you how much better it feels just getting the table and chairs done! Since we moved in back in 2010, this room has never felt right...never finished (or even inviting for that matter). In fact, it has been a huge source of embarrassment! My husband and I love to entertain. Nothing fancy, but we do love having friends and family over for dinner. Do you know how many times I've agonized over having the ugliest Dining Room setup on the face of the earth? Many times, my friends.
I tried to update our last table, but with two budding artists in the house, permanent marker, sticky tape and the like, it was quickly trashed and giving us that College Carryover look that we discussed in the last blog post (If you missed it-check it out here). Not to mention, the old table was too small for the room. Think tic-tac in a whale's mouth, hotdog in a hallway...ok, so it wasn't that bad, but it was a smidgen on the small side in comparison to the room.
Between the beat up table, and the mismatched, unfinished chairs, I was at my wits end, and that's when it hit me! I had been holding onto these old, turned legs that my grandfather gave me a long time ago, and they would serve as the perfect base for a farm style table. After hunting down the right supplies, Mr. TFD and I got to work.
Building the base was actually fairly quick and easy. The challenge was patching the huge chunks of wood that were missing from the legs. Because we were going for a table with some rustic charm, we were fine with less than perfect, so we cut some wedges, tapped them tightly into the holes, chiseled off the excess, and filled the remaining bits with wood filler. From there it was lots of sanding, and many coats of primer.
If you look closely, you can see that the very base of the legs are much thinner than the rest. This can make painting a real pain. So we went a little redneck and, "Put 'er up on blocks!" Getting the table up off the ground allowed me to really get under the legs and get good coverage all the way to the base. It was freezing outside, so painting in the garage would have been not only torturous, but ineffective...Paint doesn't flow if it's too cold. So, we brought the table inside. Another reason I needed to paint this one inside was because I was having a hard time deciding what color I wanted the legs to be. White was one of my options, and since the primer was white, I decided to actually paint the table in it's place. By doing this, I was able to see what it looked like in the actual room it would live in. This also helped me visualize what it would look like with others colors as well. Another added plus is that you could easily snap a pic and play with colors digitally before you commit. (like we talked about in this post).
Painting Tip-If you can't decide what color to paint a piece of furniture, paint it in place!
Once the base had a healthy amount of of semi gloss paint, it was time to add the top. We went with 2x10's to give it a nice substantial top. The thickness not only looks better than the common 3/4" stock, it isn't as likely to warp, bump or bow. I stained each plank individually (after we had cut, drilled pocket holes, distressed and sanded), before we assembled the top.
After assembling the top and attaching it to the table base, I was anxiously awaiting the next step. I found this awesome rug at Ikea (click the Ikea link for the deets) for only $99 and knew I had to have it! It is the perfect size at 6'7"x9'10" and the low, tight woven surface makes for easy cleaning. Score!
The chairs were another great find. Target has these awesome metal, bistro style chairs that are originally priced at $99.99 for a set of two. However, they were on sale for only $75 the day I went to get mine! Here is the link to the Carlisle chairs (again, just click the "chairs" link to be taken directly to the Target listing). Want to know what is even better? They are on sale online right now too! Prices range depending on color, but the black ones are only $49.99 for a set of two right now! Can I get a Yeehaw?
I wanted the "captains chairs", or the end chairs if you will, to be taller and different than the side chairs, so I went with a black, armless option, but kept them in the same metal, bistro style so that they were different, but still in the same family. I got mine from Overstock.com, and they are called the Tabouret Bistro Steel Side Chairs.
While I still have some projects to finish before our Dining Room is complete, I am feeling so much better just having the table and chairs done. It makes a HUGE difference in the room and in me! It's crazy how much the spaces we are in can have such an impact on our motivation to keep things clean, be inspired, and our in our overall pride in our homes. Do you have a room that use regularly that just isn't working for you? I'd love to hear about it. Feel free to rant and rave about your unfinished or uninspiring rooms in the comments below.