Happy Monday!! How gorgeous is this weather today?! I should really get outside and soak it all in because we all know days like this have been rare lately! But before I get outside to enjoy the sun before the rain/snow/sleet/whatever this crazy weather might have in store for us next, I have to tell you about the old door, new table situation we have going on in our house. I’m crazy excited about this latest project and I’ve been counting down the days until I get to share it with you. So…today’s the day! Yesterday I was sharing some of my thoughts on my ever evolving design style and also included a little sneak peak to the latest project we’ve been working on with this photo: Eeek!
So aside from these killer Carlisle Dining Chairs I picked up at Target (btw they were on sale in our local stores over the weekend so get your butts down there to grab a few before time runs out!) I’m going crazy over the new table Joe and I built over the weekend.
Guys…the pictures don’t even do her justice. She’s really pretty.
Like I told you yesterday, I’ve been sensing some changes in my design style and over the last few weeks I’ve been really becoming hostile towards our old generic box store dining table. Sideways glances, nasty comments under my breath, even eye rolling! I mean…it really had to stop.
Once I made up my mind that it just had to go, I was so excited to take it apart and get it out of our dining room that I forgot to take before picture. Oops. But it’s basically a huge, square, dark wood bar height table with matching chairs (BORING!) and while there’s nothing wrong with it at all (in fact I have dreams of a big project/crafting/gift wrapping room in the future that it will be perfect for) I was over it and, much like my dining table hostility, it needed to go.
If you remember our thrifting trip a few weeks ago, you remember this old door that I told you I had plans for. We had been talking about doing this old door, new table project for a while but were having trouble finding just the right door. I really didn’t want to put a sheet of glass on top of the table so finding one that was the style I was looking for but also could accommodate dishes, plates, glasses, etc. (you know…the stuff that makes dining happen. We can’t go totally form over function on this one!) Finally we saw this one. It seemed big enough for what we needed and also had really pretty molding but still had enough flat space for all the dining necessities.
One side of the door was painted white while the other had some sort of faux-wood coating on it that was looking really rough. At first I figured I would go with the white painted side and just rough it up with the sander a bit to get it how I wanted it. I figured I’d try sanding that other side too, just in case (it needed a good cleaning regardless) and thank goodness I did because this is what I started to see… This really grainy, beautiful light wood starting peaking out underneath and I could see the light! It reminded be of Sherry & John’s gorgeous kitchen table over at Young House Love and that made me very, very happy. Even though I knew this meant there would be hours and hours of sanding in my near future, I knew this was the way we needed to go.
Other than a few more spots I still needed to sand, the end result was beautiful! We brought it upstairs and set the door on some saw horses to get an idea of how it was going to look in the space and figure out how we wanted to build the legs. I found this to be a really important step in understanding how the table would work for us and making it as functional as possible. We were able to sit at the table and discuss what would work best and build the piece just right.
I also made sure to set out some dishes and understand different placement to get a feel of where people would be sitting and where we did or did not want table legs to interfere with human legs. No one wants to get stuck straddling the table leg, right?!
We decided that a T-shaped leg would be the best way to in order to avoid any human leg interference and Joe drew up some plans. I didn’t take many pictures of the leg building process because I was busy sanding and prepping the door but you can get the basic idea from Joe’s sketch.
Meanwhile, I decided to spray paint the edges of the door because they were looking a little rough. Although I’m a big fan of imperfections, I feel like a table where people are eating should be cleaner and crisper than I would probably prefer for other projects.
I took the door outside and taped off the edges, just covering the top with a drop cloth and sprayed it with Designer Master 24KT Pure Gold spray paint. You can see the long side has been painted in the picture above and has a nicer, cleaner look than the rough edge.
The gold is really subtle and almost blends in with the color of the door, which is exactly what I wanted. The top of the door is the star here and I wanted to keep it that way, but now the edges shimmer a bit in the sunlight which I love.
Finally we painted the legs white (including any exposed hardware) and attached them to the door. The white looks really nice and the leg shape is perfect for avoiding any knee bumping and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.
Did I mention that the pictures don’t do it justice?! Like I said, I really would like to avoid putting a piece of glass over it so at this point we’re keeping it bare unless it proves to be a problem. Fingers crossed that careful diners (ourselves included) won’t struggle with the uneven surfaces. It hasn’t been a problem so far, in fact, table settings seem to settle in really nicely.
I’m still researching a good finish to apply to the top to help ward off stains and spills. I really want to keep the top looking the same color-wise and keep the matte finish. If any of you have suggestion, please share!!
So, after our dining room table overhaul and the success of our old door, new table project (we even entered into the Upcycling link-up competition over at East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars Competition #CWTS2014…so check us out along with some other amazing upcycling ideas!) I’ve come up with my first “rule” or tip to remember when you’re on the journey of finding your design style.
Finding Your Design Style Tips:
1. Say “NO” to Furniture Hostility: Basically, don’t hate on your house or pieces of furniture. If you don’t like it, change it. The best way to discover your true style is to start with a clean slate so if you don’t love it, toss it (or donate it, Craigslist it, etc.) Be the boss of your style and surround yourself with only the things that you really dig.
Now go get outside on this gorgeous day! We never know how long it will last.