Modern Dining Table

Our extra long living/dining room was just begging for a little definition. So I scoured all of Ana White's plans for some inspiration for the perfect-for-us table. I have never built anything, so I enlisted the help of my genius dad and we got to work!

We ended up using elements of the Modern Outdoor Patio Table and the Farmhouse Table. We sized the patio table down to six feet long and used the board layout from the farmhouse table for the table top. We also changed up the table legs a bit to add some visual interest.

After tackling the table, we built the banquette and beadboard wall. I never thought I would learn so much about power tools. Ha! This project was so much fun. Thank you for the free plans!! I can't wait to work on our next project!

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Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
I sanded this baby within an inch of its life. I chose not to use a wood conditioner because I wanted a rough look, and I adored the unevenness of the stain in some areas. I put on one heavy coat of Minwax Espresso stain with a rag. I used a teeny paintbrush to get the legs and between the planks of the table. Then I sealed it with a semi-gloss water-based poly. I put five coats on the table top and sides and three coats on the legs. It gave it a great finish, but isn't too shiny in person.
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Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:15

The fabulous thing about DIY is how you can modify a plan to suit your needs. You and your dad have built a one-of-a-kind that can be handed down to future generations. Love the style and finish. Keep up the good work!

Whitney Gothra

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:37

Thank you, Linda! That is one of my favorite aspects of DIY - the options are unlimited!