Project Challenge Link Party – Furniture {a dining table upgrade}

Welcome to our Project Challenge Event for April! 🙂 (a day early or 6 days late – however you like to look at it)
New to Project Challenge? Five bloggers and myself do a DIY project with the same theme or material every month and share it in a post on the last Friday of each month. We let our readers share too and if you join us your link will show upon on all SIX blogs!
Who are the bloggers?
This month our challenge is furniture! You can share your own furniture redo in a link up at the bottom of this post if you like (please do).
Now let me share MY furniture project challenge….
A few weeks ago I posted about creating a unique dining set by up-cycling older tables and chairs with paint. My personal furniture style leans toward rustic/rugged or eclectic so when I picked up a used formal, traditional pedestal table and chair set – I knew the pieces would have to part ways with each other in their new life.
Here are the pedestal bases of that set painted white then distressed to look old with the sander you see doing a photo bomb. (see paint tips HERE)
I am going to use the original top that they were married to with some new sexy legs in a future post.
My experience using center pedestal tables with my own family is that we lean on our tables too much and wobble them – especially if the top is wide or top heavy. Not always the case but this one seemed to have wobble potential – considering my rough-ish “man-boys” =/  (we don’t keep furniture long around here with me running a little furniture retail space)
So I made a table top myself using 3) 2×12’s originally cut to 8 feet long (later I had to cut 10 more inches off of them because of the bend in my pine boards – ugh!)
Screwing the slats together in three separate places across with wood pieces and 2 inch screws secured it all into one piece, although not perfectly (we are dealing with a real tree here and “in-stock” pine. I love that it’s natural and rugged though).
After staining all sides of the new top piece in Kona by Rustoleum I used 2 1/4 inch long bolts & some washers to attach the top and two bases tightly together – guided by the existing holes that were in my up-cycled pedestals and by drilling pilot holes in the bottom of the wood top. (hu?!)
(Sorry, I am not good with tutorials – I NEVER, in my life, wanted to be a teacher.)
Once the table was turned over I was instantly in love with the mix of styles.
The top got several sanding sessions in different grades of grit paper to make it smooth as skin (not my skin but…a baby?)
I re-stained as necessary and followed up with a top coat of wipe on polyurethane in a gloss finish to seal the deal (you can shake the wipe on poly – it’s great!).
Please tell me you like it!
No wobble! The top is narrow enough to balance well with the new legs. It measures 79 1/2 inches long and 33 3/8 inches deep. A narrow Farmhouse style (that word gets over used – I know)!
I staged the table with a white bench and a couple of grey leather chairs but this weekend is the Vintage Home Market in Virginia (link here) so ignore the stuff in the background that is heading that way.
The table will accommodate up to 8 people.
The top is soft to the touch but natural in grain. It’s not going to clean up like formica or veneer because of the seams but if you want that then… well – you know natural is better in my book.
I want to keep this table to use in my own house but I probably won’t, even though it would work great for my family and our breakfast nook.  But I also need to fill my space at The Lazy Daisy.
I hope you are inspired by my furniture challenge piece and please share a couple of your own furniture up-cycles or new builds (if you blog or have a website). 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and visit the other 5 blogger’s and partier’s project links.
 Have a great weekend! (I know it’s Thursday – Project Challenge is the last Friday of each month, usually, but I am fine with cutting the week short – 🙂 Happy Weekend!


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Came by for a visit today, haven't been around for awhile and I see that you have been very busy and as always so creative! Love this table and your last post of the desk to rolling cart is amazing and staged beautifully! Hope you are enjoying the outdoor weather, it's getting to be my time of the year and hope it gets me going more! Keep up the work, I love visiting and seeing what you are up to! Hugs!!!

Lawanna Brown

Holly, The thing I love about all of your furniture is that it is not only beautiful but it is one of a kind. Have a wonderful week. love ya mom

Michele Alger

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Michele Alger

I can see why you want to keep it! Another fabulous piece!!!


I love that table! I like the contrast between the top and the legs and I like that the legs are distressed. If you take that to your shop, it should sell quickly.

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking

I like it except I hope you don't mind me saying that I do think you need an apron around it.


I absolutely love this!! Great job!!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence

This is a perfect combination of rustic and elegance–love the combo!

Tabatha McCaffrey

Great idea! Super easy DIY. Thanks for sharing.


i just love your table, holly!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

The table is lovely! I love the mix of a more rustic plank top with the very elegant legs! Great job!

Jill Flory

I love it Holly! The mix of styles is so cool – I'm all about mixing things up and you did a great job 🙂

Holly @ Down to Earth Style

You can post any furniture piece you want! Tables, dressers, slip covers, whatever – we want to see!


Hi! Thanks for hosting! So excited :DIs the link up only for tables/dining tables? And does it have to be a recent project?Thanks;)