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Even though we don’t cook a lot, our kitchen is still the heart of our home in a big way. It’s where we have our infamous “bad manners” dinners, make messy play dough, and do hours of homework after school. It was so important to me to have the perfect kitchen table for the space. The only problem was, the price tags for what I wanted were often over a thousand dollars. Instead, we opted to build our own DIY dining table in exactly the style, stain, and size we wanted for a fraction of the price. We learned a lot along the way and made a few mistakes to bring you guys the perfect (or….. we think it is) minimalist DIY dining table.
Now, we have the perfect space for our family that compliments the rest of our home and is exactly what we were looking for.
I love these Greek Yogurt & Blueberry Cookies and Spinach Banana Muffins for a quick pick me up.
Creating this table really was easier than expected. Jon and I are not woodworkers and we had all the pieces cut for free at the Home Depot when we bought them. The total project cost us just over $100 and the table will last for years.
So on to the actual tutorial…….
Head on in to The Home Depot and ask for these pieces and ask for them to be cut for free:
In Addition to These Materials, You Will Also Need:
- Drill & Screws
- A Wood Sander
- Wood Stain
- A Paintbrush
- Rags to wipe the stain while applying
How To Make A DIY Dining Table
First, you are going to lay the three 1 x 12’s side by side and lay a 2′ 4 1/2″ board across the top. (The measurements given in this post and on the finished table are created for 2 x 4’s even though when we began, the boards we used are thinner in the photos….. sorry for the confusion.)
Place the 2 x 4 in the center of your 1 x 12’s and drill through from the bottom to secure into place without going through the top. Repeat on the other side of the 1 x 12
Next, take a 2 x 4 cut to 2’7″ and secure it to the flat 2 x 4. Repeat on the other side, creating two legs standing up, and then repeat again on the other side of the table.
You should have two 2 x 4’s cut to 2′ 4 1/2″ left. Attach them to the legs to create a rectangle on the end of each side.
Now, add your 6′ 1″ 2 x 4’s to the underside of the length of table to further stabilize it. After you’ve flipped your table over to be right side up, it should look like this:
Now, attach some brackets. Follow the pictures below for the bracket placement. Once they are drilled in place, your table should be secure and sturdy.
Now that your table is nearly done, it’s time to sand it. Use a power sander with fine sandpaper and be sure to get every edge and surface, focusing on rough corners and areas that could snag your clothes.
The last and final step is to stain the wood. Since this is your table and you can choose however you’d like it to look, make the stain your own and pick the one that matches your decor and house best. We used a Dark Walnut stain and I love the depth and drama it adds to the space. Follow the directions on your can to apply.
Yup…. I kinda love it….
Let your stain set for at least 24 hours before using the table. I know my kids spill at every meal so giving the table a chance to set made a huge difference in it’s ability to withstand our busy house.
Ta Da! Your done! Enjoy your new DIY Dining Table and buy some fancy ghost chairs with the money you saved!
We finished the room off with this incredible chandelier and matte black cake stand by Amalfi Decor. I love the design and the quality truly is incredible. Each day we put muffins, fruit, or healthy snacks on it for the kids to grab and go. I love the way it looks. What do you guys think?
This dining space has become even more of a focal point for our house now since we are more excited to be in it. We were a little nervous to take on this project since it is so different from anything we’ve made before, but I couldn’t be happier with the end result. My husband and I have never made furniture before but now I’m so happy we dove in and created a space that makes us really happy.
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I hope you try this little DIY out and as always, don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!