Tuesday, July 26, 2011

On to the Dining Room

The dining room got the white wash treatment as well as the same bamboo shades and curtains as the living room {it's really one long room}. Other than that it sat empty for quite a while... 


We finally decided to do something about it. 

Remember this pile of wood we tore out of the house from {this} post?


Well there were some boards that caught hubs eye before it was hauled away. He picked through the pile and found some door jams in decent shape with some really neat coloration... 


And thus began hub's operation table build...




After fixing them up a bit we brought them upstairs to see how they looked. We flipped and moved them around until we found a pattern pleasing to our eyes...


We debated staining the boards darker or using a clear coat to preserve their natural coloring... 


The edges are pretty rough here...


So hubs cut them clean and lined them up...


Then numbered them so our chosen pattern wouldn't get mixed up... 


These were the pieces he pried off the door jams and will use as finishing strips...


Here goes nothing... 


At this point it was still going to be a toss up if this was going to work or not. Were the boards going to lay flat, stay together, and look good doing it? 


Only time will tell, so it was on to the stain {after lots of sanding, of course!}. Looking back I'm so glad we decided to stain it a darker color. 


On to the legs... The inspiration for the legs came from a table that caught our eye a while back. It's a beautiful table from Ethan Allen, but with a $1500 price tag it wasn't meant to be ours.


So when you have a husband like mine - he will make it happen. He actually went to the store, took some measurements, came back home, and got to work. God love him.


Looking good, babe!


I told hubs I wanted to write something on the bottom and asked what he thought it should say. With no hesitation he said, "To my wifey".  It was so cute. I also wrote something about how it was built with wood from our first house. 


Here you can see how he used the "finishing strips"... 


Almost finished. Hubs spent a lot of time down in the garage working diligently on this table. I appreciate it more than he will ever know. 


And here she is right side up in all her glory!!! 


I LOVE this table and I will never forget the craftsmanship, patience, love, and attention to detail that went into making it.


Next I'll show you how she looks in her very own room! 

PS- I'm guest blogging over at True Life: We're Married which Jocelyn and her husband are away on vacation! Check out the post {here}!

40 comments:

  1. This table is AMAZING! Great job! You two could start selling those beauties on the side... wow! Have a great day!

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  2. Absolutely fabulous! I am speechless...a lot of thought and effort put into it with amazing results. I'm all for green design!

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  3. Wow....this table is gorgeous. I love love love it. Great work--and I can't wait to see the table in your dining room.

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  4. For reals??!! It's so beautiful and such a special piece to have in your home. Is your husband self-taught or did he grow up in a handy family? He's got SKILLS!!! Nice job you two! Can't wait to see it in the room.

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  5. The hubs is clearly a keeper! I have a hard time getting my guy to mow the lawn, let alone build a beautiful table! I'd love to see how it looks in it's own room.

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  6. It is beautiful! He is so talented. I can't wait to see the finished room!

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  7. Well you already know that I'm in love with this table...just had to give it some blog love of its very own. xo

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  8. Amazing! I love LOVE homemade furniture, not just because it's economical and green, but because of the feeling and memories it adds to a room. A home is where you surround yourself with beautiful memories. I can't wait to see the room photos!

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  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of the renovations and DIY projects. Your husband sure does have a lot of patience, and is so talented! Can't wait to see more of the renovations as they take place!

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  10. Love it.

    I'm so glad Jocelyn had you as a guest.

    Best,

    CBO

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  11. Hey, if your hubby ever gets bored send him over to my house - he can make me a table too. How freaking awesome is that!? What a lucky girl you are!


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  12. WOW! Well done! So beautiful....and so nice to have a helpful hubby!!

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  13. Rachel,
    That is the best table money can't buy! WOW! It is beautiful!!! How sweet is your hubby, building you furniture. :)

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  14. Wow!! Such an impressive project, I can't believe you did it yourselves and used salvage material from the house - what a great project, it's beautiful.

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  15. I adore the stain you used and the wood looks so very very good! It's truly beautiful!!

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  16. I think I might have fallen a little bit in love with your husband! (c: That is totally amazing! And what a great story it has to go with it...that will be something you will treasure forever!

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  17. oh my gosh, wow!!! that is truly very very amazing! i think that table beats any table you can buy at stores. :)

    <3, Mimi
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  18. Wow! What a super husband and so talented. That is so sweet for him to make that for you.
    It's looks beautiful. I can't wait to see it in the dining room.

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  19. It looks so good, love the colour and the style, such a beautiful addition to ur home, amazing job


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  20. Kudos to you and your husband- now that table is worth well more than the $1500 Ethan Allen one! Here is to many great memories at that table!

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  21. Stunning!! I wish I was that handy. The table looks amazing and I can't wait to see how it looks in the dining room. I am sure it looks wonderful :)

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  22. Dangggg! That is impressive!

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  23. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.

    I forgot to tell you that I'm an new follower.

    Best,

    CBO

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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you will come back now and then to say hi, I am a new follower via GFC.
    http://www.atthemapletable.com

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  25. Just found your blog from your guest post at the Mustard Ceiling. Your work is incredible, so of course I'm now following your blog! I heart this table, um, and your dining room, oh and pretty much everything!

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  26. Um - WOW! What a beautiful table... and so great that he made it! I love when you can have something in your home you can be proud of, and this piece is stunning! :)

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  27. I love this! I just found your blog through blog hopping. I saw your bathroom redo on mustard ceiling and was wondering if you removed the tile or just put the beadboard (sp?) right over?

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  28. Wow! He did an awesome job! I'm impressed with anyone who can use power tools and not hurt themselves. :) Great idea to salvage that old wood, too!

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  29. Wow what a fantastic job! My hub could use some woodworking lessons from yours. Your house is stunning as well, I am in LOVE with all that washed wood, as well as your color palette. Gorgeous.

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  30. Wow, definetly labor of love! It came out beautiful. You have a great hubby there, a keeper!

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  31. So pretty! Clearly, I need to hire your husband as my handyman :)

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  32. Loving your blog! My husband and I have one as well. Would love for you to check it out and let us know your thoughts. Keep the great posts coming!

    http://mplusbdiaries.blogspot.com/

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  33. Oh my goodness. . . I have been lost in your blog for over 30 minutes I think. I would love to feature this. Let me know if that is okay. I am so impressed with the love and sentiment behind this table.

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  34. that is awesome! love the cross base! i need to try my hand at building... you have inspired me!

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  35. Fantastic table!! We have some timber from our reno just waiting to be made into a table for our back deck, can't decide on the leg style though. Your's has such nice legs, what a clever husband you have!!

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  36. This is a great and inspiring project! One smart hubby you have! And talented!

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  37. I just spotted this over at A Thoughtful Place and HAD to comment. I love love love this table! I've always wanted to do something like this and now I know how! It is a beauty and so special that you made it with wood from your house! What a great piece of furniture with a great story! So special.

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  38. Aw this is so sweet. I love that he calls you wifey, I get called that too sometimes if I'm lucky!

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  39. That is incredible!! I'm super impressed and it turned out just beautifully. Well done! :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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