One Room Challenge Weeks 4-5: Dining Table

November 2, 2017

Filed in: Dining, DIY, Furniture

My dining table is now finished! This project took a little longer than I had originally anticipated, but I’m glad to wrap it up in time for the home stretch of the One Room Challenge.

I was tempted to call this post I’m still not sure about the stain color, but it’s time to move on. More on that below.

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I used a tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic and Ana White to put this together. It is available online for free, here. The plans were inspired by a Pottery Barn pedestal table, but is unique in that the top is an octagon shape. The table could easily fit six people, possibly more. There are quite a few beveled and angled cuts, so I would not have attempted it without a miter saw.

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Boards cut to size with my miter saw.

I worked through gradually putting the top together while also building the base. I knew the planks that make up the top would need time to be clamped together for the glue to hold.

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Clamping the boards together for the table top.

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Preparing the table base to attach the top.

I cut the angles for the top as I went along, that way I could see they would line up. I assembled it all together in my dining area because I knew it would be too large to get through my door after all the parts were attached.

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The assembled table.

Once I had the table built, the project stalled because I could not make up my mind on stain color. I didn’t want it to clash with my shelves, so I couldn’t decide how gray or brown to go. I ended up staining it Briarsmoke by Varathane and then a little bit of Sunbleached by Rustoleum. I’m still very unsure about the stain color, but I know I have to keep moving on the dining room project.

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All the angles on the base make this table unique.

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The finished table, ready for chairs.

Once I get the chairs, rug and other accessories I’ll get a better feel for the table color and if I should sand it down some and stain it a different color. I’m excited to be finished with the majority of the large items and plan to spend the last couple of weeks of the challenge pulling everything together.

In total, I spent about $120 total on the materials for this project. It was fun to work on! I’ve been eyeing these table plans for a couple years, and I’m thrilled to check it off my project list.

Update: I did end up changing up the stain, and I am very happy with the final product.


One Room Challenge Links

Here are the links back to my other posts from the One Room Challenge:

One Room Challenge Week 1: Dining Room
One Room Challenge Week 2: Modern Shelving
One Room Challenge Week 3: Small Upgrades, Big Impact
One Room Challenge: My Dining Room is Done!

If you’d like, check out the other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge! I’ll keep posting on my progress throughout the six weeks.


  1. Teresa says:

    I love what you did to your existing dining room. Thank you for some great ideas!

  2. Lindsay Nickerson says:

    Your work is absolutely remarkably gorgeous! Love love love ❤️

  3. Bobbi Phelps says:

    Love this table. Great job! Where did you get your chairs??

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