Our dining room is finally completely done!! A couple weeks ago, I shared photos of our renovation in the dining room, but now the entire room is finished (except for curtains)! It turned out exactly the way I imagined, and I really couldn’t be happier with the whole room. If you haven’t seen the before photos, make sure you go back and look! It’s truly a miracle that this room is beautiful now!!
Chris wanted to build our table out of oak, because he knew it’d be very sturdy and durable. That also meant that it’s not the easiest wood to work on, because it’s so hard! We logged many hours of planing and sanding to get the rough cut lumber perfectly smooth.
I am so proud of Chris, and how beautiful he made this table! And he also threw in a matching bench, just because!! He is phenomenally talented. I know I’m so blessed to be his wife! We had so much fun making this table, and it’s the first BIG project we’ve done together. We’ve made lots of things, especially for the wedding, but we knew this table would be something extra special. We’re going to have so many meals with friends, and enjoy dinner with our future children around it!
A lot of this woodworking stuff is so new to me, but I love learning about it, and Chris does a wonderful job teaching me. He used sliding dovetail joints to attach the aprons to the legs, which just amazes me! They fit together so well, and it makes the base incredibly sturdy. He also hand chiseled mortise and tenon joints for the side stretchers, making it even more sturdy. The tabletop weighs close to 200 pounds, and he single handedly carried it from the shop to the house several times!
So much time and attention to detail went into this table, I can’t even mention it all here! From the hours of planing, using biscuit joints to connect the tabletop, even more hours of sanding, staining, epoxying tiny little holes in the top, and so so much more. I couldn’t be happier with it! The entire dining room feels so put together, and the table matches the other wood elements in the room so well. Almost a year ago, I bought the FULLTALIG candlesticks at IKEA, and I’m so glad I finally get to use them! They look stunning, and now I just need a great faux garland!
We would love to get into the YouTube scene a little bit, so I videoed the entire process. We’d be thrilled if you took a few minutes to watch it (I think my photographer friends will enjoy it, I tried to be as creative as possible!), and even subscribed to the new YouTube account! Make sure you watch our video HERE!
These holes got filled with epoxy and sanded, and I think they’re so cute! The little freckles of our table 😄
The middle board is 11 inches, the two beside it are 8 inches, the two on the outside are 4.5 inches and the breadboard ends are 5 inches. I absolutely love the look of it, and I love that Chris mirrored that on the bench!
My very special cow noses! We also painted this dresser black, and I love the look of it! We used it at our wedding as our drink table, and it was perfect there as an antique brown, but in the dining room black fits much better. The cutting board was on our food table, and the gold mirror tray held donut holes! It’s so fun seeing wedding things around the house 🙂
This was also displayed on the drink table at the wedding!
My next step is to get some white curtains for these windows!
I just love that big wide board in the center!
I had to set out some plates to see how it looked, and I LOVE it!!
I bought these cloth napkins almost a year ago, knowing that someday we’d have our dining room painted the matching blue color! Seeing everything come together after SO long of planning and designing is incredibly satisfying!
I was trying to get a nice picture of Lincoln, but his lip got caught in his teeth 😂