The new dining room table, complete with 9 foot granite top is DONE and it’s currently giving me all the heart eyes and goose pimples.
The old table (pictured above) was a DIY, as well. It was my first, in fact. You can read all about that HERE. That table will always have a very a special place in my heart because it was my first big build, but the truth is that the farmhouse look doesn’t suit the current design direction of our home and I was ready for something new and a little more sleek.
So, this year, when we found out our entire immediate family was coming for Thanksgiving, I decided it was the perfect time to upgrade the table. Jeremiah isn’t a fan of kids tables, but a table that seats 18 is a little excessive, so we decided that we’d place the new table next to the old table and have one giant table for the holiday and then afterward we’d move the old table to the basement. Bonus points for having 18 family members there to help with the moving.
The table base is pretty standard. I used 2x4s for everything, including the legs, which I’m a little annoyed about (more on that later) and the entire thing is screwed together using Kreg joints, wood glue and 2 1/2 Kreg screws. The farmhouse table was built before I owned a Kreg, so it had a lot more wood and cuts. This table was a breeze compared to that one.
I picked up the granite from a local purveyor who sells remnants for $5 sq ft. This piece is 33″ x 108″, yup that’s a 9 foot table my friends. I opted for a thinner width. Typical dining tables are 41″ wide. This guy is only 33″. It’s amazing how much that changes its footprint. I love the salt and pepper look of the granite and think it will match nicely once we get to that kitchen remodel we’ve been talking about for 2 years.
I reinforced the legs with corner brackets. Granite is heavy and as much as a I trust a well-built table, the amount of rearranging I do in this house means that this table will get moved, so there’s no sense in unnecessarily tweaking the legs when I can reinforce them with $6 worth of hardware.
I also added L-brackets where the leg meets the front apron. This was more for aesthetics than anything else, but I’m a bit disappointed with the way they turned out. I used spray paint to paint them copper (we have copper accents in this area), but the copper sort of blends into the dark wood stain, so you can’t really see them. Oh well, more leg reinforcement, I guess.
The granite is attached to the table base using silicone caulk. If we move out of this house and want to take the table, it will have to come apart, so the silicone caulk will make that a little bit easier.
Oh, and about those legs. This is the first city I’ve lived in where you can’t get untreated 4x4s from a lumber yard or home improvement store. It’s annoying. I called a local lumber yard and they told me they could order me an 8′ post for $82!! Haha! So, I had to build faux 4×4 legs using (2) 2x4s. They look great from the side, but you can see the seam from the front angle, which sort of annoys me. Maybe I’ll add some molding to make it look more finished.
I’ll be a building a new bench. This table is a foot longer than the old one, so the bench isn’t quite long enough. It also doesn’t really fit the minimalist look I’m going for.
Hopefully, we’ll be getting to another project we’ve been talking about for quite some time now too and finally get those antique chairs dipped and refinished. They’re the coolest chairs – were my late Nana’s – but they need some serious love.
The old rug is gone, as well. Jeremiah likes a rugless room, but I’ll probably sneak a new one under there eventually. For not, the table and chair legs have felt under them.
That wall and island extension to the right will be demolished with our kitchen reno, which will open up this entire space. I’m counting down the days, my friends.
Isn’t she a beautiful beast. Comfortably seats 12 with chairs added to the ends (I have 2 more of those antique chairs), but honestly we can get 14 in if we squuuuueeeeeeeeze! Love it!
Oh, and I’ve had a few questions about how often we use our “formal” dining room table (from when we had the old farmhouse table too). Every. Day. This is the only table we have in the house and our current kitchen layout doesn’t really allow for stools at the counter, so we eat every meal at the dining room table.