Or, table and banquette progress.  Or table and bench and wall treatment progress.  Or the most exciting thing I’ve ever done progress.  Ha!

First things first – the star of the show.  The table.  I feel like my whole life has been a journey toward the perfect table.  In our first home, we didn’t have a table for about a year.  We borrowed my Grandma’s card table.  It was a good look:


If that’s not enough feasting for the eyes, just know that the table was padded.  So drinks wobbled and our plates squished.  It was fun.

Then for Christmas our second year of marriage, my parents bought us a table.  I was stoked, as you can tell.

P1120642It was the very thing we needed for our first home, but didn’t really fit the space in our new one.  (Check out this post for more info on that!)

I was dreaming of a long farmhouse table.  Well, less farmy and more sleek.  But still worn and imperfect looking.  So when the boys I babysit Timothy breaks things and scratches the table, it will be all good.

I made a Pinterest board and pinned 3876.4 tables.  I made it a secret board so I wouldn’t look like a weirdo.  I pinned plans from Ana White’s blog, tables from World Market, tables from Anthro (dreamer much?), and any table-related thing that caught my eye.  Then my Dad came over and analyzed the pictures to help me pick out exactly what I wanted.

You may be asking, where is Timothy in all this?  Well, he told me I could do whatever I wanted.  Design it however I wanted. Have whatever I wanted.  (Within reason – side eye Anthropologie table.)  Yeah, best husband of the year award goes to that boy.

So, we quickly narrowed it down to these tables:

Outdoor Table-13_thumb[2]This amazing, gigantic outdoor table by Decor and the Dog.  I loved the modern lines and the legs!

X-leg-porch-bench-This is a bench by Sawdust Girl, and I really liked these legs.  I thought they would be great adapted into table legs.

table6-500x333This table by Shanty 2 Chic made my jaw drop.  It’s inspired by a table I even pinned from Restoration Hardware!


And finally, I really liked the top of this table by Ana White.

The banquette seating and wall treatment was a little harder to find inspiration pictures for.  Most of the ideas I saw online featured the banquette seating in a corner.  So I started looking at restaurants to see if I could get any ideas.  One cute little coffee shop in our area kind of had what I was going for:

beadboardI liked the beadboard and that it continued up the wall.  And styling with pillows?  THAT would be fun.  I wanted some more texture and detail in the wall treatment, however.

beadboard_trimThis is more like it!  Sadly, the pin is no good and leads no where.  But I adore the trim work on the banquette wall.

So much goodness, right?  I spent forever thinking about these tables and what I wanted in our space.  I thought that the fancy table from Shanty 2 Chic was what I would end up going with, but the more I looked at it, it just didn’t feel like our home.  It was a little too complicated and busy looking.  And while Timothy may think I’m complicated sometimes (hello, emotions!), I don’t want our house to feel complicated.  The first table by Decor and the Dog seemed more our style.  But I wanted to change the top of the table to look like the one by Ana White.  And then my Dad had a genius idea for the table legs to jazz them up a bit.  So with big plans, we got started.

Of course we would start on the day that it was 18 degrees outside.  Literally.  I came to my Dad’s garage all bundled up, but he said I was missing something.


A trip inside for one of his old belts, some new holes cut, and a snap on tool thing later, I had my own tool belt.  He’s a good dad, isn’t he?!


So, looking awesome and official, we got to work.  I had to wear my warmest clothes that could get ruined, so that’s my excuse for my appearance.  And the day I wore these fake Ugg boots I saw that horrible clip that’s going around Facebook about how sheep are brutally killed to make these things.  Have you guys seen that?  My eyes!! I felt like a horrible human being in my ugly shoes all day long.  But moving on … believe it or not, I actually helped!  My Dad was the brains of the operation and I was the sander.  And the clamper.  And the holder.  And the brusher of the sawdust away-er.




A few days later, we had a table and a banquette!!!  Want to see a little peek?





Oh mylanta, I’m in love.  I’m currently spackling and painting and caulking, but hopefully soon I’ll be able to share the finished product!  Eeeeeeeeek!!!!


On December 2, 2013 · 15 Comments · In DIY, Home

15 Responses to Dining Area Progress

  1. Bailey says:

    i cannot wait to see end result!! caulk faster!!!!

  2. Your mother who adores you says:

    I’ve loved watching this whole process unfold. You are certainly your father’s child – loving all things diy. I’m so very proud of you.

  3. You are tackling a lot of renovations in a short period of time! The house is looking fantastic though.

    I nominated you as one of my favorite bloggers!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Squeeeee! It’s looking fantastic! Can’t wait to see what it looks like all finished. Aren’t Dad’s the best? :)

  5. Brian says:

    Looking good! This is crazy as I am in the process of scouring plans, and I too love the sleek modern look of the Décor and the Dog table(how I found your blog), and I too was leaning towards modifying it to have a similar top to the farm house table…weird that that’s basically what you are doing. I am just trying to figure out how wide I want my table. I am pretty sure it will be 6′ long. What are the dimensions of your table and are those 2×6′s or 2×8′s you using for the tabletop? I’m assuming 2×8′s?
    Can’t wait to see the final

  6. Jae says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished product! :)

  7. Chrisi says:

    Oh, how excited I am to see this! We have an itty bitty round table and I cannot wait to save up enough money to buy or make a new one!

  8. Heather says:

    OM I have been looking for YOUR version of this table for a couple weeks now! I saw it and fell in love with what your father did with the legs idea and i must have copied the wrong link cuz i didn’t have it and i went searching google and ana white’s site, looking for “farmhouse alterations table dad bench” lol and finally found it :) i will make my own using your variations :) My father was a woodworker and unfortunately he died a couple of years ago at 92 so he’s not around to help me, but he taught me a lot and i have a few of his tools and some nice wood. I hope to make a storage bench like yours too… Thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. Heather says:

    btw, do you have plans for the table and bench for sale??

    • Heather says:

      O i found the plans for the table on the Decor and the Dog site… do you have plans for the bench? sorry, i would have edited teh last post but i cannot figure out how. :/

      • Whitney says:

        Heather, thank you so much for your kind words!! That is amazing that your father was able to teach you so much. :) I don’t have plans for the bench – my Dad just designed it. I have seen some people make benches by using those skinny Ikea bookcases turned on the side. Good luck on your project!!

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