Thursday, April 18, 2013

how to build a rustic modern table {DIY table tutorial}

: : S U P P L I E S : :

two {2} of ikea's VIKA MOLIDEN underframes as the legs.
{they look shinier in person, not so dull as they do below}

kiln dried wood in your desired size.
i wanted 8" wide boards that were 2" thick.
i called around and could only find them at one place.
most places like home depot and lowe's don't carry kiln dried wood {or if they do it's like a 2x4" or something} and i wanted wide planks.
so away we went to the lumber yard.

a young woman with twin girls and an infant aren't the norm at this lumber yard, so we got the royal treatment.
they let me pick out the exact boards i wanted {white fir} and cut them down to 60" {5'}.
they also gave me three strips of scrap plywood to use to join the boards together underneath the tabletop.
my table is has six 8" wide planks, so the plywood boards needed to be a few inches shorter than 48" {about 44"} to be hidden from view. 

then we went to home depot and bought:

a sander
three packages of sandpaper in different grits
minwax espresso stain
a paintbrush
tons of wood screws {i think i bought a box of 95 1.5" long screws and a pack of 25 1" long screws for the table legs}
two packages of 3/8" wood dowels {70 total}
a 3/8"drill bit
two wood clamps {that are long enough to clamp together two of your boards}
liquid nails {optional}

so then i laid out my boards exactly how i wanted them and got sanding.

once i felt like all of the boards were smooth and clean of all sawdust, i played around with staining.

to achieve the above look, i painted on the stain, waited until it dried, then sanded it again.
in hindsight i should've wiped the stain, buuuuut i didn't know any better so i stained all the boards and waited for them to dry.

and it took a WHILE. like 4 days? and the boards still felt a little tacky and damp.
that's not how you're supposed to stain.
so don't do that.
paint on the stain and then wipe it off.
let it dry.
if it's not dark enough, do it again.

this is how dark mine looked before i sanded it.
{just playing with the legs to see how it would look.}

then sand your little heart out.
sand it until it looks exactly how you want and it doesn't feel damp or tacky.

then lay out your boards and number them on their backsides.

now it's time to drill holes for the dowels.
the dowels are about 1.5" long, so i made a mark on my drill bit about 3/4" long out of painters tape so i'd know when i drill 3/4" deep.
{because you want the dowels to stick halfway in each board.}
this is what the first board looked like....

on the next board i simply put in the dowels, laid the board flat next to the next board and traced a circle where the dowel hit, so i'd know where my holes need to be so the dowels fit.

once i was done drilling, i'd squeeze the boards together to see if they would fit together.
most of the time they did, but sometimes they didn't and i had to re-drill.

sometimes squeezing wouldn't cut it, so i did this.

i just used a scrap piece of plywood to bang them together.
just be sure to not hit your dowels!
it should look like this.

when you do the next board, stagger the dowels so you're not always drilling in the same spots.
see below.

 continue until all of your boards are done.
now if you want to get really fancy, you can use liquid nails in between each board when you finally put them together using the wood clamps.

i only did this on one pair of boards and didn't do the others because i didn't like the way it looked in between the boards.
it kinda oozed out and i didn't see it because it oozed underneath the boards.

so clamp your pairs of boards together to get them nice and tight and then start putting them all together.

hammer here, hammer there, get them strong and tight together.

figure out where you want your support pieces of plywood to go and add an insane amount of screws.
like 4-5 screws per board section.

screw in your table legs and voila, you have a finished table.

if no one is home to help you put it in the house, a longboard can seriously come in handy.
{can you tell i'm impatient?}

celebrate and eat some cookies.
or some thai peanut chicken with mango salsa and coconut rice.
{doesn't that sound amazing right now?}

or have a party!

or just nibble on some yummy baby toes.

now enjoy your fancy table.
and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments, i'm sure i probably left some important detail out!

{highchairs are the boon flairs, chairs are the tabouret chairs from}


  1. So amazing! Thanks for taking the time to share a tutorial!!

  2. I am in love with this table! I have been wanting to make one of my own for awhile now so thanks for the tutorial! Did you put any clear sealant on top? Im just worried about spills and stains! Thanks so much!

  3. Love it!! I want a table just like it. But do food and crumbs get stuck in the cracks between the boards? How do you clean it?

  4. Could you give me a rough estimate of the cost of supplies? Thank you.

  5. Thanks for posting this!
    I have been on the hunt for a smaller table to fit in our tiny grad housing apartment. Even at ikea... they were not what I wanted. $100 for an ugly table...? But This! Is lovely. Can't wait till I can hunt down the pieces and make my own that'll look cute. Fantastic job, Erin!

  6. Wow, this turned out beautifully!!

    Jillian -

  7. Thank you!! You make it look so easy and wonderful!

  8. HI, I want to know more about you. You seem amazing. I love love the table and I read your about, which can't be found on your blog?? only though a google search, I have twin ID girls too, aren't twins amazing! I love your leggings, so cool. Nice to meet you!

  9. Wow mama you really are something else you know that? So impressive!! Great tutorial!!

  10. great the table and chairs!

  11. I'd love to know approximate cost and if you sealed the wood at all after staining? Thanks so much for posting this :)!!

  12. I found your blog a few weeks ago and now I'm addicted. Seriously, you inspire me to do more with my days! Thanks :)

    And yeah, that is a great table!

  13. Thanks you Erin! :) this is a great tutorial. I am in SLC and our Home Depot does carry the wood in all sorts of sizes. I am planing on tacking this project next week after I've gathered all the supplies :)
    I just have a question for you. Do you happen to know what kind of table do the ikea legs come from? I will go find them this weekend and woul like to have a better idea, I hope you have a minute to answer. Thanks!

  14. Thank you for sharing. I used your instructions to build a table. It turned out awesome! Thanks again.

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  17. Looks like a lot of work, but the end result is so worth it! Especially if you consider that buying a table like this would surely cost $500+... :)

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