The words rustic, wood, vintage and farmhouse just makes my heart melt. Its like words taken out of a story from the House on the Prairie. If I could wrap our rental house in driftwood I wood. I mean, would!
Our diningroom is small. Amd in constant change (go on, just ask my husband...)
And the diningtable that I brought home about 6 months ago (wich was free) was okey, but a little to big. And not very "House on the Prairie" if you ask me....
Now, I have always wanted a rustic, planked dining table that was just the right size for our little family of four, but had the potential to transform it self into a seating for a few more guests.
How does a rustic, planked dinigtable with extensions sound? F A N T A S T I C!
So I searched and searched and searched a bit more on line (okey, you got me, the old, reliable Pinterest...), but it seems like #1) No one else is as brilliant as me, or #2) Extensions on a planked dining table is really not a good ide. I went for #1. So I warped it up, and figured I would make the inserts for the extensions like Tommie and Ellie did. Now, let me tell you, I am not a skilled carpenter. Far from it! In fact, all I had to work with was a hand-held saw, a hammer, screws, and a drill. And I did it ALL by my SELF (except from screwing the planks to the top, because I was actually lying on top of the table while my husband was on his back under it and fastened the screws... Thats teamwork for you!
Here is the only picture I took when I chiseled out the openings for the extensions. 8 of them! By hand!!
I forgot to tell you guys that I kept the original base from the old table. The legs are just amazing. I love the big, chunkyness of it. Very farmhouse. I painted them right before christmas.
For extra support, I put in three horisontal supporters for us to attach the planks to. It is actually a very easy make, but the chiseling for the extenders makes it very time consuming.
But before I knew it, it was actually done! And I could not be happier! I havent assembeled the exctensions yet, that will have to wait a couple of weeks.
Actually, one of my biggest consurns about making this table, was the color of the top. I knew what I wanted it to look like, but wasnt quite sure how to get it. Allso, I am a true believer of using what you allready have, so I sourced out all my paints and tried out quite a few techniques. I came out with this perfect driftwood color. First I painted on a thin coat of watered out white chalkpaint. Second coat was a watered out Curio milkpaint (Miss Mustard Seed)wich is a brown color, that I rubbed out with a cloth, and the third coat was a watered out grey stain called Patina grey. I sealed the top with three coats of clear, matt lacquer.
Now we have the perfect sized diningtable for our little diningroom. And it just oozes of farmhouse.
Here is to show you the old table vs, our new "old" table:
Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!
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