I sit at this table often when I work on weddings…and I thought it should get a little recognition! I made this table with my very own hands – and man, were they blistery at the end! I love DIY home shows and my favs are the shows that make someone else’s trash into their own treasure. I do this often…and it drives my hubby crazy. But when it’s all said and done, he always likes my creations.
Here is my Custom Dining Table:
Soon after we moved back to Colorado from Chicago we built a house in Arvada. There was always building material scraps all over our neighborhood. I’m addicted to re-purposing and recycling architectural salvage and was in my glory! I eyeballed this cable spool for a few weeks when I finally told my husband I was taking it to make a table!! (Again ‘CRAZY’ was going through his mind and he made me push all the way home by myself). Of course taking pictures of me to show my future therapist!
It took me a couple of months to decide exactly what I was going to do….and then it came to me!
I took the spool apart (saved the rusted hardware of course) and got some dark wood stain from the garage. I made some spots darker than others to make it look more aged.
I bought four used stair railing balusters at ReSource (an architectural salvage yard in Boulder) and cut them to size. Then I sanded and stained them to match the top.
I turned the balusters around so the balls would be the feet.
The table legs were not sturdy enough on their own so I added galvanized steel supports. Because the silver didn’t go with my design, I purchased rope to cover it.
I had to hot glue the rope – and let’s just say my hands were so raw from the roughness of the rope and the heat of the glue – that I’ll probably never do this again! I’ve had friends ask me to make them one and I promptly tell them “It is a one-of-a-kind”!
While shopping at Habitat for Humanity I found these brand new chairs. I couldn’t believe it! There were two of each and they were right off the showroom floor with brand new tags still on them. They were marked regularly $459 and $259 and I got them for $40 each! I <3 thrifting!!
The final product (well almost – the image is missing the glass I bought brand new for $130 to lay on the top). COST: table spool: free; balusters $16; stain: already owned; rope, hardware, steel supports: $33; chairs $160…My overall cost for my new awesome one-of-a-kind custom dining set: $339 and some blisters!
And to go along with it I made a custom chandelier:
I found this old window at an antique shop. It had three of the four panes broken – but I saw it still had some love to give! I refinished the wood to match better with my new table. I bought these cute lanterns and bird cage at Hobby Lobby and VIOLA! Another project my friends and family questioned me on until they saw the final product! (We have since added a small pendent light that attaches to the ceiling and hangs down in the middle of the chandelier! Beautiful and I love it! <3