DIY Dining Table

After completing my first DIY desk using hairpin legs, I instantly dreamed about making a round dining table. I had to wait months until we moved, but I never stopped daydreaming about how perfect it would be, and even started buying supplies before we moved into the new place. Ian of hairpinlegs.com generously offered to send me some legs to make my day dreaming come true, and I was floored by his kindness. The legs came, just as beautiful and perfect as the last set, and I had to agonizingly wait to build the table while the stress of moving set in and plans were foiled week and after week. But alas! It’s finished, and it’s amazing.

I followed the same steps as last time, but this time practiced a little thing called patience and actually followed directions while staining – sand, stain, wait overnight, sand, stain again. Wait. Wait. Wait. Attach legs. Then of course the screws I had were too long and the thought of going back to the hardware store and waiting YET AGAIN destroyed me, so I just used bolts. You can see them from certain angles, but it doesn’t bother me one bit.

Then last week I found some fantastic vintage chairs for crazy, crazy cheap on craigslist and met a wonderful woman to pick them up and found out she has an Etsy shop and also sells at the Melrose Flea Market. How often do you meet cool, sane people off of craigslist? I have the most terrible craigslist luck and never find anything cool, so I was excited. The upholstery is in need of an upgrade, and seeing as my family owns an upholstery shop I think I can somehow swing that one of these days. We also have these amazing industrial metal pendant lamps that I really wanted to hang over the table, but those plans were ruined after we discovered that our ceiling is made of cake or something because no amount of trickery will get a screw to stay in that baby. Sad face.

Despite crushed lamp dreams and that semi-fug sage green wall I need to repaint soon (thinking a warm grey), I’m pretty excited about the dining area. It’s small, but cozy and perfect for two.

Details:
Round wood, 36″: Fisher (this was tough to track down! It was about $20)
Hairpin legs, 28″ 3-rod raw steel: hairpinlegs.com
Stain: Minwax PolyShades in Antique Walnut

DIY Desk

DIY desk

As you may remember me mentioning before, my quest to find a simple desk for my studio (well, “studio”, who am I kidding?) has been laughable. I searched far and wide and couldn’t find a single thing that was both affordable and/or small enough for the tiny space up in our loft I’m using. Everything was too large, too many drawers (don’t need ’em), or just plain hideous (lots of glass and veneer-covered particle board). Ever since Silvia shared her DIY coffee table with hairpin legs, I’ve been wanting to make one myself. It hadn’t occurred to me until recently that you could buy taller, three-rod hairpin legs for something like a desk or dining table. Thus a dream was born inside my head of the perfect desk. I ordered the legs in raw steel (they came eight business days after ordering) and we had a piece of pine cut at the hardware store. I sanded the edges smooth and then stained it with Minwax Polyshades in Antique Walnut. I didn’t do the world’s greatest job staining it, but it’s nothing too noticeable. When the hairpin legs came, they were covered in grease, something I wasn’t expecting. I had to spend a long time cleaning them, and then finally Will screwed the legs in for me and we were ready to go. The whole thing cost me just a little over $100, was incredibly easy to make, and I also have stain leftover. It’s super sturdy yet pretty lightweight so it won’t be a pain to move. I’m extremely happy with the results and excited to get down to making jewelry on it!

Next up, when our furnished sublet is up and we have to get our own furniture, I definitely want to make a dining table in the same style! I think a round one would be beautiful.

DIY desk

DIY desk

DIY Necklace Display + Shop Update Heads-up

After saying that I never see random pieces of wood laying around Manhattan, Billy and I came across a huge stack of some while drunkenly walking home Friday night in front of an elementary school. I mention that we were drunk because this is an important part of the story as the wood was DISGUSTING and we didn’t notice how gross it was until the next morning. I spent forever scrubbing and cleaning it off, then I attached a picture hanger onto the back, drilled holes into the front, and screwed hooks into it. Viola! A necklace display. Easy as pie and it looks awesome. I also bought this coral hook from Anthropologie on super sale to hold my chains.

So this leads me to also announce that this Thursday, August 6th, at roughly 7pm EST I will update the shop with 30 new necklaces! They sold out in 15 minutes last time, so be prepared. Or not, maybe the hype is over. ha. Brass drops necklaces will be $25, and the friendship necklaces will be $30-$35. Remember you can sign up for the mailing list if you need a reminder.