It’s DIY time here at HSE and today we’ve got a fabulous guest post brought to us by the lovely Gina Carlson (via Modernize). Gina lives in Minnesota with her husband and four crazy pets, and is a DIY home improvement addict. She’s pulled together some great inspiration and DIY ideas to turn your dining room into something fabulous! Found a table you love but its not really in the budget…well you’ve come to the right place today!!
DIY Dining Room Table Ideas
By: Gina Carlson
When we started looking for a dining room table, we had grandiose visions of something elegant but simple, with clean lines, but unique design. After touring dozens of home stores, scouring the internet, and coming up empty handed, we debated about creating something of our own that would fit our style and existing decor.
If you’re considering going the DIY route, you’ve got a lot of options at your fingertips. Since you likely don’t have a woodshop in your garage, you probably won’t be re-creating a Queen Anne piece, but you can still make something that will be gorgeous and distinctive to your home. The first thing any DIY’er needs to do is determine what material you are going to use. Creating a table can take a considerable amount of time, depending on the materials you use, so don’t anticipate knocking it out in a day. However, the payoff is well worth the effort – so plan your attack, and start your shopping! An easy way to DIY a table is to find a style you love – and refinish it!
Yard sales, thrift stores, and secondhand shops are all a source to find a table that will fit the size and shape you need. Look for sturdy construction with steady legs – and don’t worry if there are scratches and nicks; you can handle those during the process of refinishing, and depending on the style of your home, the imperfections will add some character. If you’ve searched the stores and come up empty, there are dozens of online stores that sell table legs and bases, which are the core of any good space to sit. Once you’ve found the table of your dreams, you can start your design.
For a wood table in good condition, you can simply sand it down and add a new coat of polyurethane to brighten and refresh the finish. If the table has too much of a retro vibe for you, your first order of business is to sand the table down and refinish with a new color, or spice up the color with a new paint job. This creates a very modern look, and will give your dining area a flare that none other can match!
A paint job is easily completed by hand – start with coarse sandpaper, and work your way to a finer grit. A power sander will do the job in a quick time frame – but elbow grease is required for the legs and/or any design elements the table features. Once you’ve sanded off all the old polyurethane, wipe the table down with a tack cloth to remove all the excess sawdust from all the surfaces. Choose a paint color that will coordinate with your decor, and after a few coats, you’ll be ready to go!
If you’re looking for less legwork, there are a few other options to choose. Metal table bases can be spray painted, using any of the variety of colors and textures available at any home improvement store. From there, you can purchase a large piece of glass for the top, or even go so far as to use reclaimed wood, screwed and glued together to create a table top that fits your style and taste.
No matter what you choose, a DIY table is the way to bring YOU into your home, and have a conversation starter you’ll use for years to come!
For more design ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.
So get your DIY brainstorming going and create something beautiful for you and your family to enjoy! Happy Dining (and DIY-ing)