Dining Room Reveal

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No no, this isn’t what it looks like now. This is the best before picture I could find and it’s from the the show pictures from the previous owners. You get an idea of the shape and size of the room. This table size is crazy small for the dining room, I’d never have a carpet in an eating room, and they have way more furniture in the room than I would want. And I can’t even deal with the medallion on the ceiling. For 18 months it has totally creeped me out and I absolutely couldn’t wait to get rid of it.

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A while ago, the Hubs decided that he wanted to make our dining room table out of ship lap that we have in our garage which is over 100 years old. {awesome!!} and of course this gets me closer to having a home straight out of Fixer Upper, my dream! This particular project took months and really I have to hand it to him, it has turned out amazingly!

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First we stripped the wood off of the wall and laid it out in our dining room to get an idea of the size we wanted. Initially I was looking for a large square, the easiest to get as close to a round table as possible and encourage all table conversation, but the Hubs convinced me that a rectangle would be better for the space so we agreed upon a 9′ x 5′ dining table. It definitely makes an impression.

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Once we decided on the size, we cut down the larger boards and pieced it together like a puzzle so that the seams would line up in a non-symmetrical way. Then we added a trim to the table and nailed it all together with a support piece underneath. Finally, came the finishing touches, the sanding and varnishing. We sanded it with three different grits for six hours of sanding to make it silky smooth and then varnished it with three coats. Since the wood was so old, we filled in some of the nail holes with caulk in between two of the varnishing coats which also helps out seal the table in case anything spills.

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Once the table was done, we had to find legs and move the heavy piece back into the house. The legs we thought would be easy and found on Etsy, but it was a little more challenging than we had anticipated. We really wanted steel legs for an industrial looks and found a vendor who made them for us really quickly and shipped them in less than a week. It was fantastic!

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The Hubs also made the benches and refurbed the Ikea chairs that we already had that we just repainted and covered in a fun navy and gold deer pattern. Repainting the room a light grey and adding in a gold light fixture we just the touch we needed to be ready for Christmas with our families.

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