Happy Friday Friends!!
As you might remember, I found this whole dining room set at an awesome place called Construction Junction in Pittsburgh PA. It's older and worn, but for our purposes- amazing.
We finished the chairs a while ago, but the table just seemed like such a huge project that we put it off...for a long while.
Looking back on it, I'm not sure why we did that- it was a quick build!
First, we took the legs off the old table and sanded them down to remove the stain. This was time consuming and tedious and I probably wouldn't have survived without my little power sander. I love that thing. The table feet had buffer pads on them, and they were pretty hard to remove, so I just left them there.
Next we went to Lowe's and picked through all the wood to find my favorite pieces. Originally we wanted to use reclaimed wood, but it was SO expensive. It made me really sad to give up that dream, but in addition to the original cost, we would have had to have it planed and it was more work and money than we wanted to invest.
(Please excuse the garage and motorcycle) We wanted a long table, so we thought it should be narrow; a long skinny table seemed proportional, I put some plates on the "table top" (we placed the wood side by side to show the width) and I didn't like how narrow it was. There was no room for food in the center of the table; or more importantly, centerpieces and decor!! We added an extra board to make it wider and overall ended up with an enormous table.
Before we started construction, I wanted to stain all of the wood (top, sideboards, and legs) to look older and weathered. To achieve this color, I used steel wool and white vinegar. I placed a few pieces of fine steel wool in a glass jar and filled the jar with vinegar. We let this mixture sit for 4 days. I was initially skeptical because I didn't see any changes or anything happening to the color of the vinegar, it remained mostly clear with a slight tinge of brown. However, when I mixed it up the liquid was a rich, deep color.
Score! I was disappointed again when we brushed it onto the wood. The (center) board looked slightly damp but no obvious color differences-
until it dried. Within a few minutes we ended up with a lovely weathered look with a red tone; I loved how it turned out!
Note to self: this stain also dyes your skin, which looks very similar to a terrible spray tan. You might want to wear some gloves or just rock that look...The orange nail beds were the worst part. Gross.
We allowed the stain to fully dry overnight, and woke up to these gorgeous boards, which look darker in this photo than they really were...
The frame was built using the same basic supports as the old table had; attaching the legs at the corners.
After the frame was built, we attached the table top using supporting 2x4s and wood screws. First we lined up the pieces to make sure the weight was evenly distributed:
Then we drilled pilot holes in the wood so that we could hide the screws.
We used these holes to attach the underside of the table top to the frame, and used support brackets to attach these center support beams to the frame of the table.
Afterwards we flipped it over; which was hard to do because it weighs a million pounds, give or take. The table looked like this:
Which I thought was pretty good! But I wanted more of a farmhouse look; and decided to paint it white. My next post will be about the process of painting the table- stay tuned!
What do you think? Plan on making one for yourself?