Monday, November 21, 2011

The Table is DONE!

The table is finally complete, well almost...

It is as complete as we need it to be for now:

Those notches you see on the underside are for the extensions we made.  This is the part that is nearly complete, but not quite.  I haven't put the protective coat on the extensions yet - but here is what they will look like....just imagine them a bit shinier and one on each end:

And, I couldn't resist decorating the table a bit.  

We need a different rug, and the light fixture needs to be lowered and the center piece will probably change as I have a vision of a vase with white branches and ornaments, and we need curtains and a couple more chairs for the ends and the walls need to be painted and decorated.....but that is all beside the point - WE HAVE A FINISHED TABLE! ONE THAT I AM PRETTY DANG PROUD OF!!! Thanks Collin, for the help building it!

Oh, and I can't forget.  The chairs were a craigslist find, that I painted white.  I would like two more parson chairs for each end of the table - maybe Santa will bring them to me ;)

Speaking of Christmas, I also started decorating a bit early this year.  We will be out of town for Thanksgiving and I'd like the house to be in the Christmas spirit when we return!

That white thing is the top of my parents old pantry doors.  I painted it white and we'll use it to put the Christmas cards on once they start rolling in.  

I love this time of year, and I can't wait to kick off the Holiday Season with Thanksgiving back home this week!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Another Table Update

We have ourselves a completely assembled table, plus two extensions.  


It even passed the stability test!

Next up, sanding and then picking the perfect color of stain. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Table Progress

We purchased the supplies

Reviewed the plans and read directions for new tools

Cut all the wood

Carved out some notches (who knew that saw dust created "sparkly" photos?)

Started assembling

Sanded the notches for a more accurate fit once the frame was assembled

Played some baseball with the parking tennis balls

And ended up with a tabletop that is ready for the legs

Next weekend we will finish the assembly of the table by adding legs and making the extensions. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Building Day!

Today, my brother and I (and maybe the husband will even help too!) are going to try our hand at my very first building project.  I'm going to build us a new farmhouse style dining room table! 

Here are the plans I created for our custom sized table.  Cross your fingers I did all the math right!

I'll be back in a few days to let you know how it went.

**disclaimer: measurements ended up being off, as the wood measurements were not 1/2" shorter like I had anticipated.  If following these plans, take actual wood measurements vs. store labeled measurements in to consideration. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eagles are cool..

When you see them flying through the sky - not when you see them as handles on a dresser. 

(once again, I forgot to take a true before picture.  bottom row from LtoR: doors for the bottom, close up of handles, drawer for the top.)

I transformed that old dirty thing in to this...

There isn't a step by step with this one - mostly because I forgot to take pictures every step of the way.  But the gist is that we sanded it down, cleaned it up, redid the doors to have glass in them, did the prime paint and seal routine, added new knobs and brought it upstairs to the dining room.  Now it houses the dishes we got 3 years ago for our wedding that we never had a place to store.  In fact, we didn't take them out of their boxes until earlier this month when we hosted our first large dinner.  

This was the first step to our dining room progress.  As most rooms, the progress in this one will be very slow.  But, my vision looks a little something like this: