January 26, 2015

Our Tom-ish Made Furniture

This is our beautiful dining room set that Thomas built from scratch over several months! 
After we moved into our house last year, we decided it was time to invest in a dining table and chairs. My parents' 20 something year old table served us well, but we were ready to move on from our five mismatched chairs. We searched high and low, but were not able to find anything that we both loved and that was within our budget. 

We came across a furniture store where the salesman tried to persuade us into some very expensive Amish made furniture, sharing names of apparently top notch brands, and telling us that none of our friends would have the same table because they are all custom made.  We couldn't help but laugh because he was giving that pitch to the wrong people. We wouldn't know one brand from another, and we could not care less if other people have the same table as us! 

Needless to say, we had a hard time shopping. I started looking at pictures of farmhouse tables online, and jokingly, but also a little bit seriously, suggested to Thomas that he could just build us a table. He took a look at some table plans, said "I can do that," and got straight to work. 

I am so impressed by how he took on this project for our family and amazed by his dedication and persistence.  I'm still in awe that our beautiful table started out as pieces of wood that Thomas put together! 

After he made the table, I told him that I would love chairs that matched our table and showed him plans for a chair, thinking he would surely say I was crazy. He did think I was crazy, but he enthusiastically said he would give it a try!  I love that man and his attitude, and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. 
It's so special knowing that Thomas made us something that will serve our family for years to come. The dining area is such an important part of our home. Both of us come from families who ate around the table together every night, and we make dinner at the table a priority with our own little family every single night. We relax after work, talk and laugh about our days, and spend a lot of time there praying and dreaming about our future. It seems fitting that our table now holds sentimental value because Thomas built it. 

We're also trying to be more intentional in seeking out friendships with other couples this year, and this will provide the perfect spot for conversation and laughter. So who wants to come over for dinner? 

And hey, Thomas said we did end up with some custom made, Tom-ish furniture...without a high price tag too! ;) 

In case you're crazy enough to tackle this project too, here are links to the plans that Thomas modified to build ours:
Farmhouse Table 
Chairs

21 comments:

  1. That table is beautiful! Well done, Thomas. We'd love to come over for dinner . . . If only you were closer. If we're ever in NC, we'll look you up. Feel free to do the same if you ever get to Houston.

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    1. I know! Goodness gracious, we would love that!!! :)

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  2. Those look really impressive!

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  3. IT looks amazing!!!!!!! Thomas is so talented!!!!! Love love love your dining room!

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  4. No Way! So great. Enjoy your new table for years.

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  5. Amazing!!! :) I've been thinking of this kind of undertaking... but for hubby, not me, haha. Thanks for sharing the link and directions!
    Eating together is so important as a family. I did that too with mine growing up and it makes such a difference!

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    1. Haha yes I would never be able to do a project like this without getting frustrated and quitting soon after starting!

      So true about eating together!!

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  6. WOW! Spectacular job, Thomas! :D How much did you guys end up spending to make the table and chairs? I cannot believe how amazing it turned out!!! I hope it lasts you lots of years and helps contribute to many happy memories :)

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    1. Thanks Ali! :) I hope it does too! The total cost of everything ended up being around $400, so it really wasn't too bad!

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  7. I've been following your blog for a while now- I love reading it ! I have a little boy a few months younger and we just bought our first house. I LOVE your table. I showed my husband hoping he can build one for us. What type of wood did your husband use? How did he stain it? Thank you

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    1. Aww love it Kristen! Isn't it such a fun time in life?! He used pine, although he said in hindsight he would have chosen something less soft. He used a Cabot Stain + sealer and I believe it was the espresso color. It did take about three coats to get it dark enough and he used a wood conditioner underneath it. I hope your husband builds you one too!!

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  8. This is such a cool table! Also, I love the colors in your dining room! You have a great sense of style. I would love to see the other rooms in your house!

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    1. You would probably be disappointed haha! We haven't done much with the house so far

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  9. That looks amazing! I can't even imagine doing a project like that. And as beautiful as it is... the best part is that it is one of a kind made with love! (& can I just add that your curtains and rug set is gorgeous!) Love it all!

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  10. I love it!! He did a great job! We're going to have to do something different at some point for our table set–we're now a family of 5 with only 4 chairs. ;) Thanks so much for linking to the plans that Thomas used, I was wanting a similar style without the crazy price tag!

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  11. Oh! This is a magnificent project!! He did such beautiful work! (I know, coming from the wife of a craftsman!). Way to go!!

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