• Build It Yourself,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects

    Dining Table

    About a year ago, I searched the internet for the perfect dining table. At the time, we had a four person table that was starting to get a little crowded, especially when we had guest. To purchase one of the tables I really liked, would have cost us an arm and leg. That’s when the idea hit me, why don’t we built our own. I then turned to Pinterest for inspiration and and found this amazing DIY table from Our Vintage Home Love.

    After showing my husband this beautiful piece of furniture, we were off to The Home Depot to buy some lumber. We purchased five 2″ x6′ of  douglass fir for the top, 1″ x 5″ of  pine for the apron and 4″ x4″s for the legs. Using a palm sander, we sanded down the boards for the top and rounded the corners. Then I used a chisel on the corners and edges to give it a worn look.

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    For the table top we used Minwax Special Walnut  stain. We finished with four coats of Minwax Water Based Polycrylic.  An oil based poly would have given us much more shine and would have warmed the look of wood, which were two things I was trying not to do.  I was hesitant to use a water based polycrylic vs. an oil based, thinking it may not hold up as well with the kids. This table has had a lot of abuse, and I am more that happy with the finish we chose.

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    Dining Table 2

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    We painted the legs and apron white to match our kitchen cabinets. To assemble the table, we followed this tutorial here pretty closely. We did insert a few screws on 45 degree angle from plank to plank to add more stability to the top.

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    With about a year of use, it was held up really well.

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    I love the way this table has turned out. One of my favorite projects I have ever done!

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  • Build It Yourself,  Furniture Makeovers,  Outdoors,  Painting Projects

    Patio Makeover Part 3: The Final Reveal

    Adam and I have been working hard on our patio furniture, and we can finally say we are finished. That means it’s time for the Patio Makeover Part 3: The Final Reveal. Yay!

    These little white tables were more curb finds. After a little spray paint, they work perfect with the love seat and pallet table.

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    Making the cushion and pillows for the love seat has kept me extremely busy. I am a fairly experienced sewer, so I was completely surprised and embarrassed when this happened. I guess it is true what they can, “Measure twice, cut once.”

    (Cushion) Too Big.

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    (Pillow) Too Small.

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    Finally, just right. Yay!

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    We love out “new” patio furniture. It’s so nice to have a relaxing outdoor space to hang out.

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