I confess, I’ve had 3 dining sets over the course of the last year. It started with the sturdy, classic farmhouse set I acquired from World Market. It was a display sale model and I got a great price. I paired it with chairs I had on hand and we enjoyed it immensely. When it came time to move last Fall I didn’t feel like the table had the right vibe for the new house and we were attempting to move as little furniture as possible. I sold the table to a dear friend and once we were moved in I scored a great deal on a mid-century set. It was in great condition but not the sturdiest, and once I realized that I could turn it for a profit I listed it on craigslist and said goodbye to it the next day. And here we are today with our $100 table! This is a Saturday afternoon project start to finish! Just make sure you order your Ikea trestle legs beforehand! It takes about a week and a half to ship and arrive, I missed the timing on that and had to stare at my pretty tabletop for days as I waited on Fedex to arrive. Let’s get started on the how-to!
This project is so easy, it’s a great way to get the kids involved measuring, sawing and drilling. Elliott helped me out with this while the rest of the family was out for the day. He still had a fever from the flu but was ready to get moving a bit.
Acquire the needed supplies and determine how long the table will be. I feel that you could safely take this table up to 7 feet long. We chose to go for 6 feet after planning the space in our dining area. Luckily Lowes offers several good choices for wood already cut at 6 feet long. I carefully selected four 6 foot by 9 inch pieces that had tons of character and then two more pieces of cheaper wood to serve as cross sections.
- Four 6 foot long, by 9(or 10) in wide boards
- Three Slats or boards wide enough to cover the width of the tabletop
- 8×1 1/4 inch screws
- Wood Glue
- Stain or Danish Oil in Medium Walnut
- Cloth or sponge to apply
- Ikea trestle legs ($15 each, plus $9 shipping… I added a few other items and ship was still $9!)
Lay out the tabletop as shown, applying beads of wood glue between the boards. I am impatient, and did not see the need for clamping etc. Instead, Elliott helped me quickly hold the boards tight and screw in the cross pieces to complete the tabletop. We then allowed everything to dry and an hour later moved the tabletop outside for the sanding and staining process.
Sand the surface and round out the corners of the table, be sure to sand well on the underside as well. Once the sanding is complete go forth with the staining process! I opted to use Danish Wood oil for this project. My hope was to keep it as natural as possible and the Danish wood oil warmed up the tone of the wood and sealed it nicely. I did two coats and then finished it all out with sealing wax for an extra measure of protection. I was incredibly happy with the results!
Assemble the IKEA trestle legs. This is actually the most annoying part because… IKEA. We all know their stuff is awesome but sometimes cumbersome to put together when the holes don’t line up. We persevered and after 30 minutes had the two legs put together. I chose the trestle leg route because I wanted the table to be as sleek as possible with the focus on the tabletop and simplicity rather than bulky wooden legs. And… $15 ya’ll. Can’t beat it.
Stand trestle legs up in the designated area of the room. Place the tabletop on the legs. Then, using two pieces of extra wood, as shown, create a sandwich to hold the trestle legs in place. This will keep the table from shifting, but still give you the freedom to lift off the tabletop and move it easily if you want to temporarily use the space for another purpose or move the table easily.
Enjoy the table! We chose to order simple metal chairs from Amazon. I ordered a set of four for around $100. And then miraculously as I was browsing through boxed furniture at our local Bargain Hunt I found 2 more for the amazing price of $13 for the set of two. I mean… what!?! It always pays to go digging at local bargain places.
Here’s my budget run down on the entire table swap scenario. I sold my table set for $250 and purchased the mid-century set for $220. I then sold the mid-century set for $350. The table cost $100 in materials and I spent $115 on chairs. This put me at changing out our table, simplifying things and ending up $165 positive in the end!
I’m happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments below! If you build a table please share a picture! There are so many creative ways to make this design your own!