One of the things I had on my summer to-do list was to decide on what to do with my dining room chairs. They are in the image below – boring light wooden chairs from Target that I bought when I first moved to Greensboro more than a decade ago. The chair story also involves my lovely dining room table, a post that I started almost two years ago and didn’t finish. So, here it is, finally 2 years later.
One of the things I love about our current house, is the open spaces we have. Our previous house, in Greensboro, had quaint 1939 charm, but lacked openness. This is our dining room the spring after we moved to Iowa – open, airy, and with fun built-ins.
With that vast openness of a house space, though, comes ideas. Many, many, many ideas. My brain is on a pretty constant DIY cycle – it truly is a disease, I promise. Eric can vouch for that, as he will fairly often get messages from me with content like this. Btw, this project was a false start and ended up becoming a curbside freebie.
While I love to DIY, I am not much of a woodworker. I get grand ideas, but my follow-through is awful. Eric on the other hand, is fantastically talented in this field – see his live edge computer table he made. He inherited a large stash of wood from his grandfather’s shop, when we moved back. This is what the stash currently looks like, I promise I have a dream list of what to do with it, if time were endless.
Not too long after we were settled, Eric began working on plans to create my dream dining room table from some of his grandfather’s wood. He settled on a large plank of oak. It was thick enough that it could be butterflied into 2 pieces to fashion the table. He found a sawmill in Boone, Iowa and took the plank there.
Side note- it was around this time that Eric also made a series of beautiful cutting boards for family members. Somehow I didn’t end up with one of these bad boys, maybe in the near future?
Because this table was a project that was worked on during the 9 months before I had our second child, there are not much in the form of documentation images of the project. This is the table shortly after it was completed. The legs were ordered from The Legge Shop, an Etsy shop from New York. They were custom-made and came with a plate to be bolted in the middle of the two planks, to prevent too much flexing between the two pieces of wood.
I kept dreaming of bright, modern chairs to go along with my table. I finally just bit the bullet, and spent a few bucks on bright yellow, Krylon Sun Yellow, spray paint to update my existing chairs from Target. I did end up sanding the chairs in a few spots, and using a white base-coat spray first. This was to ensure that the yellow coat adhered stronger and with less coats.
The kids have been thrilled with the bright color and my youngest keeps requesting to sit in the “lellow” chair. I can already tell that the chairs yellow coat will need to be updated within the calendar year, but the upside is they are easier to clean with a new coat of paint.
The final outcome – table and bright chairs just make me smile. The yellow is so cheerful and fun with the live edge and industrial legs of the table. Now if I can just get Eric to craft a bench from that excess wood…