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.
It 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:
This amazing, gigantic outdoor table by Decor and the Dog. I loved the modern lines and the legs!
This is a bench by Sawdust Girl, and I really liked these legs. I thought they would be great adapted into table legs.
This 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:
This 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!!!!
I'm honored that you took time to stop by my blog! My name is Whitney, and I'm a diy loving, piano playing, sewing obsessed, thrifty, non-house cleaning, crafty newlywed. I love God, my husband, and life as a wife. If you'd like to know more, just check out my About Me page. Much love!
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