When we first moved into our home, we had been looking and looking for the perfect table for our dining room. We wanted something uniquely beautiful, that stood out and really made that room look welcoming and fun! It had to be functional and match our rustic vintage charm throughout the house. We looked EVERYWHERE! I fell in love with so many store-bought pieces that cost more than our monthly mortgage! We wanted those pieces, but couldn’t afford them. At that time in our lives, we had too many things to buy to make our house a home, but not enough money in the budget for all of our expensive finds.
Out of the blue, Chris said, “I think I’ll just make our dining room table!”. Of course I was thinking to myself, “Oh Lord! Here he goes again!”, but I remembered my vows and how I vowed to never question his abilities and his drive. So with my approval, off he went to make us the perfect reclaimed pallet wood dining room table. This is really where his personal story with Reclaimed Karma began.
Not too long after that conversation, Chris dragged me out to an industrial area near our home where he had found old pallet wood left as trash. We both climbed to the top of the piles and carefully loaded as many as we could fit into the back of his truck. That pile of wood definitely didn’t look like a beautiful dining room table. But, as always, I had faith in my husband. 🙂
Once home and unloaded, I left him to work. The sound of YouTube “how to” videos played from his work space, and a few hours later I came out to find the beginnings of our soon-to-be table. The wood looked nothing like it did earlier that morning. It was starting to look like a unique piece of art. I have to admit…I was impressed…he was really doing it!
After building the top, and a lot of sanding, the wood grain was looking awesome and the finish was smooth. Chris decided to add legs made from redwood and a unique “I” design connecting the four legs together down the middle, and for a more classic rustic look, we went with an “English Chestnut” stain.
Two coats of stain, three coats of polyurethane and some sanding in between. The table was moved into our dining room and the direct sunlight made it a perfect fit.
Of course I had to add my finishing touches to the table, so I decided to take on the legs. I turned to my favorite Annie Sloan Country Grey Chalk Paint and with a little distressing and dark wax, I think the legs turned out looking amazing.
At the end of the day, we got exactly what we were looking for and for a fraction of the price!
This was the first major wood project my husband took on. This one project has turned into him producing multiple tables a month for amazing families just like us, looking to make their house a home!
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