I was in the market for a dining room table…and what I had my heart set on was a rustic look backed with gorgeous fabric dining chairs….which meant, I was in the market for a long time. These tables are expensive!
Then one day on the lovely Pinterest DIY section (is there any other section?) I found this beauty
I could hardly contain my excitement as I printed the instructions out and skipped along to tell my husband about our afternoon project….
Well, it’s been about two months now and we aren’t done yet. Life gets in the way… But the table is coming along beautifully!
We started out by cutting the wood according to the cut list provided
Let me paint you a picture:
We have limited tools… And me being cheap was able to convince my husband we could use what we have. My sweet man, bless him, went along with it. So, we used his truck bed as a table for the wood while I sit(this is not a joke) on the wood to hold it in place. Can you imagine what the neighbors thought? Yeah, we’re cool like that.
word of advice: we started with pretreated wood… We learned later that this is very bad wood… To cut, to breathe, to touch. Honestly, it shouldn’t be sold in stores.
So we did the safe thing… And started over
After the cut list was done, we sanded down the angles and parts and assembled the legs (aren’t they great?!)
We used screws but using nail glue in addition to screws is recommended
I sanded the legs once they were put together so I wouldn’t have to do it later
Next came the beams that attached to each ends of the legs… And the gorgeous diagonal supports that made me gasp when I first saw the table!
After that, I sanded the assembled table base and got to work on ebonizing the wood. I wanted a natural way to stain and was looking for a weather gray finish.
The two step process:
1. Boil about 10 tea bags in a pot and let steep for a coupe of hours and brush on wood
I was so excited cause I had some old tea from London… London tea stained table… Sounds lovely
This process preps the wood by increasing the tannins needed to react with the next step
2. After the wood is dry use a vinegar and steel wool solution… Seriously simple… Take a Glass jar with lid (mason jar or spaghetti jar) and add a piece of steel wool (0000 type) and fill the jar with white vinegar. Let it sit a few days and then brush it on the tea stained wood. The wood will darken immediately and continue to darken for days
I decided to go with minwax oil stain in provincial and did a prestain conditioner on the wood and two coats of stain with a light sanding in between
For you impatient ones out there… Don’t skip the sanding process… This really makes all the difference in the end product and raises the grain each time
Now our table awaits its top. We originally bought the wrong size width for the top but took the wood back (home depot is good about that)
be careful when selecting wood, especially for the top. Lay the pieces next to eachother on a flat surface and try to fit them like a puzzle so there are minimal gaps… You can sand but only so much
Now as we approach fall, I’m ready to kick this into high gear!
to be continued…