Since I have been going through a weird period of writer's block, I've decided to share a project a did recently.
I decided to make a dining table after finding out how expensive it is to buy one. Average small four person table is around $500 dollars and that's without chairs! True, I could have gone for the the cheap option of a Walmart bundle for $150, but coming from an architectural and interior design background, it wasn't going to happen. It doesn't help that when you get out of architecture school you have this weird sense that you have the ability to design and make anything so why the heck would you buy it?
Flash forward, this is how I built a table for under $120:
I spent a lot of time browsing other DIYs on Pinterest. I found two that I really liked and used them as a starting point.
The table top is based off of this DIY
The stain of the table top is based off of this DIY
The legs I sort of made up based on knowing that building table legs out of industrial pipes was a thing. I am not going to go through the legs step by step because I honestly wouldn't suggest doing it the way I did. I'll list the materials for it but I would recommend buying hairpin legs or some other type of leg that can easily be attached to a DIY table top.
My sister and I have a small dining room so I wanted it to be a four person table. I based the width and length of the table on convenience. I had to make it as easy as possible since I don't have a wood shop.
(3) 2x6x8, cut in 1/2, 6 pieces total
(2) 2x2x8, cut @ 30", 6 pieces total with 6" each leftover
(1) 2x2x8, cut in 1/2, 2 pieces total
(1) box of 2" wood screws (I used about 60)
1 mini can of white paint
1 mini can of dark stain, I used espresso
Decoart Soft Touch Varnish
(3) 3/4" dia. 48ft black pipe, cut in half and threaded, 4 pieces total
(2) 3/4" dia. 12ft black pipe
(1) 3/4" dia. double T, fastener
(4) 3/4" dia. flanges
(4) 3/4" dia. elbow fasteners
Drill/Screw Driver, Electric Sander
Note: I got everything cut at Lowes/Home Depot. I went several times throughout the week and did it in 3 trips. It saved me from getting dirty looks for asking for too many things cut at once and it ended up being easier to haul everything in trips rather than all at once.
To make the table top, I did a combination of gluing and screwing. (When I took a furniture design class in college, the motto we came up with was "GLUE AND SCREW". ) Brought back memories, aw.
Anyways, the way it works is much like the tutorial I followed. You use the 2x2s as supports under the table and have four bordering the table, giving it the illusion of thickness and hiding the ends of the other supports.
Now! You are ready to sand! Can you tell this is one of my favorite things to do? I love sanding with an electric sander. The wood becomes so smooth and soft and I love the smell of the wood when its being sanded off. Be careful not to sand TOO much or the wood won't take the stain when you apply it. Once you are done sanding and rounding the edges, wipe the table off with a very lightly damp towel to get rid of stubborn dust.
I followed this tutorial for the staining exactly. I was a little nervous about the whole white paint and dark stain make grey, but it worked and I would definitely do it again! It was really simple and only took me a few hours. I would make sure that you apply the watered down paint pretty evenly. When I first applied the paint, I think I did too much and you can kind of tell where I started. It's an imperfection I can live with.
I let the table dry for a day before attaching the legs. The thing I love about this table is it fits in a car and the legs are easily detachable so that when I move again, it won't be a huge hassle.
Side Note: For the chairs, I got super lucky. My friend and I happened upon a thrift store on our way to an antique market. We found four hardwood oak chairs in really good shape for dirt cheap. As much as I hate painting wood, we painted them two toned to compliment the rustic look of the table top finish. I almost love the chairs as much as I do the table!
There you have it! Let me know what you think in the comments below. My next project is going to be refinishing an old toy chest into a coffee table. Stay tuned for that :) In the meantime, this little writer is going to try to get back to writing.