My pals, Todd and Laura, built a table for their dining room using the same method we used for our DIY table. They had a similar frustrating experience when shopping for a new table. I am so glad that they chose to "go for it" and create a DIY table even though they had never built a piece of furniture before!
What I love is that even though we used the same supplies and design, our styling choices make the tables look completely different! They used a super dark stain for the table top and silver hair pin legs (they are "brushed stainless steel from hairpinlegs.com). They also created a smaller table that that seats four. It fits their space perfectly and suits their modern aesthetic. The stain that they chose is Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony. They used a wood pre-conditioner, five coats of stain and five coats of polyurethane. I asked them if they had any special tips to add after reading our tutorial. They said that using clamps could really help with the screwing steps and to use a very fine sandpaper when sanding the boards before staining. PS. Here's a photo of the awesome triangle statement wall that Laura painted while Todd was away on tour. She surprised him with a bunch of house updates! It was really inspiring to see her working so hard and taking on so many ambitious DIY projects by herself. Go Laura! xoxo. Elsie