This is the story of what happens when an insanely talented woodworker lets his wife design a table for her dream dining room.
Our handmade dining room table.
Ready? Here it goes:
Once upon a time...
Husband: What do you want the table to look like?
Husband: Can you be more specific?
Wife: Super rustic.
Husband builds a traditional farmhouse style frame, glues and screws the wood to secure it, filling in holes in with dowel rods for a finished yet rustic look.
Husband: Like this?
Wife: I think so. But more rustic.
Husband: What do you mean more rustic?
Wife: I don’t know…distress it a bit?
Using a dull chisel, Husband gouges the wood edges for a rough finish.
A simple dining table made from 2-by-4s becomes magical with a simple “hack.”
Trevor Tondro for The New York Times
I don’t know how many times I’ve been the builder of sheet and sofa-cushion forts, but something as ingenious as this dining table conversion sure would’ve made it a lot easier. Mounted on the underside of the table are roller shades which can be pulled down to transform an otherwise mundane spot into a fantastic fort.
Fancy dinner parties certainly have their appeal, but I love nothing more than the homeyness of eating around a “farm” table.
I found one made from reclaimed barn wood in at the Brooklyn Flea several years ago and couldn’t resist it. It has just the right character — darkly stained with pits and gaps — that it never feels too fancy to use as a family table, yet always manages to look pulled together for fine dining. Thought you might like this one from a recent issue of Lonny. (The fabulous kitchen surrounding it doesn’t hurt, either.)