Saturday, July 26, 2014


I'm so excited to have a finished dining table that seats more than four people! Honestly, I'm most excited to use this space and decorate it for fall and winter! Ever since my sister Trish and her hubster Walt built their table two years ago, we were determined to do the same. We found our plans between Shanty2Chic and Ana White. The table took only a full day to build and another couple of days or so to sand, fill and stain.
We also made our benches the following weekend. They were much quicker to finish, but in order to make things a little more difficult Mike accidentally spilled the entire can of stain on the garage floor leaving only enough for one bench. Seriously, just our luck. We used Rustoleum’s Dark Walnut Stain. We did one coat of stain and felt something was missing in the color so we mixed some Dark Walnut with Weathered Gray. It’s difficult to see in the photos, but with one layer of the combined stains it gave our table just the perfect touch of worn gray color we were looking for and it helped smooth everything out. The Weathered Gray is very thick even after stirring so we did an application and then quickly wiped and rubbed it into the wood.
Mike and our friend Kyle spending their Saturday in the blazing heat building the table. 

While we were spending time putting the table together in the garage, Kensi wanted to constantly use the tools. She's always trying to put screws and nails into holes and walks around measuring different things. To keep her entertained we gave her a small mallet used for cracking crabs, a few nails and a potato. This was endless fun for her.

The boys did the hard stuff and I got to do the easy stuff: sanding, staining and sealing.

Okay, okay, so here's the kicker of savings. Are you ready? Because I’m such a nut on savings I did a breakdown on two similar Benchwright tables from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, two of our favorite stores. Both of the tables used for my breakdown are extendable tables and ours is not, but the style is the same. The breakdown includes one dining table in at least 86” and two benches in the same length.

RH Salvaged Wood Table....$3095
RH Large Salvaged Bench......$1295
TOTAL: $5685

PB Benchwright Table.....$2695.
PB Large Bench....$900.
TOTAL: $3700

Okay now hold your breath.
Our table which is the same style cost us $125 and each large bench cost $45 including wood and supplies.

$5685 and $3700 compared to $215 
 Not only is that a steal The word ‘steal’ seems so puny to describe this comparison! For us we wanted the style but without the price tag. We are very thankful we had the option to build it ourselves and it was worth every. single. penny. and every drop of sweat. I’m blown away!
We will eventually add two chairs to go on both ends and change up the wall color, along with adding window treatments. We picked out two large pendant lights on sale a couple months ago by Allen + Roth. They are a great mix of modern and vintage and Mike is so anxious to install them. He will have to do a little electrical work, but nothing that’s too difficult. Knowing him, he’ll probably do it this next weekend and then we can pursue the walls. 
I just can't get over the $$$ difference. All I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Ana White and Shanty2Chic for being such an inspiration and giving us the confidence to build this ourselves. 


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