DIY Restoration Hardware Dining Table!

Oh HEY guys!  For those of you that follow us on Instagram, you have seen the progress of this baby I am sharing today.  I am in LOVE… With a table.  Not ashamed.

I loved my old dining set, but have always wanted to build one myself for my fam.  With 5 kiddos under the age of 11, we live a casual lifestyle, and I avoid cushions if at all possible.  Casual doesn’t have to be simple and boring though!  So, I enlisted the help of my sweet, furniture planning guru, Miss Ana White to help me come up with this BEAUTIFUL and beefy DIY farmhouse dining table…

DIY Dining Table

Dining Table DIY

Isn’t is the bomb??  Too legit to quit!  Restoration Hardware wants $3000 for it… I made it for $100 in wood.

I am going to share lots of tips and tricks on building this right here, and you can see the full set of free plans for the table on Ana’s site!

Let’s get started!

I knew I wanted this table to be big and beefy, so I was immediately drawn to using 4×4’s for the base.  These are beautiful and cheap at the same time.  There are some things you need to remember though.  Because of their thickness, some saws won’t be able to cut them.  A 12″ miter saw should do the trick perfectly.

Table Base Wood

I was so excited to finally get to bust open my Kreg HD Jig!
I’ve actually had it staring at me in a box for months because I was too intimidated to open it up.  I avoid learning new things, and then once I see how easy they are, I want to hit myself for not doing them sooner.

So, basically the Kreg HD Jig is a larger version of the Kreg Jig.  It’s perfect for working with big projects like this one, since you won’t be able to fit these 4×4’s into the Kreg Jig.  Here is what it looks like and how I clamped it on to my boards.

Kreg HD Jig

Kreg Jig HD

I used my Ryobi 18V drill to make the pocket holes.  These pocket holes are bigger and thicker than the ones made with the regular Kreg Jig.

I took lots of photos of where I put my pocket holes on the base because sometimes figuring out the best places to put them is the biggest battle.  You have lots of options, but here is where I decided to put mine…

I also used Gorilla Wood Glue between all of my joints!

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Kreg Jig Dining Table

This is a shot of the top of the base turned upside down on the ground.  I put the pocket holes where they would stay very hidden.

Pocket Holes on Table BaseAnd this is the bottom of the base…

Wood Dining Table How to

That is a shot of the 2×4 runners that will go just beneath the table top.

Now for the diagonal pieces… Sometimes these can be a booger to clamp.  In fact, I spent a good 10 minutes trying to hold one in place and then I finally had a light bulb moment and pulled out my Gorilla Tape.  That stuff worked like a charm!  I know it’s not the most beautiful clamping job, but hey… It held those pieces perfectly and cost a whole lot less than all of my clamps.  We will call this part Shanty Clamping ;-)

Clamp Wood with Gorilla Tape

On this part, I just used 3″ wood screws through the diagonal pieces and into the straight pieces.  You can see where my screws are in these pics…

Table Base DIY

I used 4″ screws on this part and went through the bottom runner and into the diagonal part.

Don’t clamp.  Use the tape.  Trust me.

How to build a Dining Table

And finally the table top.  Oh the darn table top.  This is actually a breeze to put together with a Kreg Jig IF you can find nice boards.  I seriously made 4 trips to different hardware stores to find boards straight enough to work with.  I actually ended up settling on 10 footers just to get good boards that would work.  Oh well!

You can see how I put pocket holes up and down the boards to connect them.  I clearly didn’t measure at all on this part… Just used the old eyeball method!

Pocket Holes for Table Top

Because my wood was acting up a bit, you can see where I used multiple pocket holes on the breadboard… I won.  It’s not going anywhere now.

Table Top Kreg Jig

I attached the base of the table to the top by using 2 1/2″ wood screws through the 2×4 runners.  I also used a few 4″ screws through the 4×4 base just for added strength.

And now for the finish!  Woohoo!

I decided to match the finish of the table to the Restoration Hardware sideboard and hutch I made for my dining room HERE.

I used Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut!  You can find it at Lowe’s, but do know that the packaging has changed a bit.

Rust-Oleum-Dark-Walnut

This stuff is so great!  It only requires 1 coat and it dries in under an hour.  I have used many stains, and this brand is BY FAR my very favorite!

Once it dried, I put 2 coats of Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin on it to protect the finish.  This goes on white and dries clear.  It doesn’t stink and it dries fast!

Rustoleum_Polyurethane

That’s it for the finish!

I am in the middle of making the cutest benches to match this table.  I LOVE a dining table with benches for my family.  The kids can’t ruin them, and they are rustic and beautiful at the same time.  I knew I wanted to dress the table up a bit with some end chairs, so I went to my very favorite store to find those!

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HomeGoods Dining Chairs

I love them!  Ironically, they match my window panels I made perfectly.  It was a match made in dining room heaven… Or Homegoods!  Aren’t they perfect??

And here are a few more shots!

DIY Dining Table

Dining Table Wood

Pottery Barn Dining Table

Dining Table DIY

I hope you love it as much as I do!!

I would LOVE for you to share this and PIN it with your peeps below!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and let me know if you have any questions at all.  Thanks again :-)

~Whitney

  • Emily

    Hi, I would really like to build this table but I live in a rural town in the northeast about 3 hours from a HD or lowes. My local lumber yards carry all the wood in Douglas fur – do you think this would work? I know some people used fur for the 4×4’s but what about for the table top? Any ideas?

  • Greg Goodall

    I made an “art studio” version of this table for my wife. 30″ tall by 30″ deep by 60″ wide. All supplies where available at Lowes in Palm Bay Florida. We used Minwax Weathered Oak stain. Other than buying a Kreg R3 Junior for about $40, the material costs where about $120.

  • Carrie

    Hi, I was wondering what kind of poly you used? In your description you said you used Satin but in the picture of the poly it says matte. I love the table, my husband and I just built one and I am getting ready to go buy the stain and finish! Thanks!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hi Carrie,
      I’m sorry for the mistake! I used matte :)

  • Matt

    For those of you thinking of copying this table, DON’T DO IT. As an
    experienced woodworker I can say 100% that whomever build this has no
    idea what they are doing. Literally everything done here is wrong.
    This table may look good now, but it will most definitely not last. You
    can copy the looks, but not the construction methods used here.

    – Pocket screws and butt joints are not appropriate joinery for a table
    of this size. They are way too weak. Glue on endgrain is absolutely
    useless and adds no structural value. The table will fall apart
    eventually. Mortise and tenon joinery is what should have been used
    instead. It’s not difficult but it will take a lot more time than
    pocket screws.
    – Wood moves with seasonal changes in humidity, on a
    flat sawn board that’s mostly across the width. You have to allow for
    it otherwise you will have issues. With the breadboard ends you have a
    cross-grain situation, the top will move, the bread boards will not. By
    screwing the beardboards on like what was done you’d constricted the
    wood from moving which will result in cracking/warping etc. Breadboards
    exist to prevent the top from warping. The proper way to add them is
    tongue and groove, with glue in a few inches in the middle and elongated
    screw holes/screws the rest of the way.
    – Pine is one of the the
    worst woods out there for finishing. It you just build this and slap
    some stain on it it will look terrible as it absorbs stain unevenly and
    blotches. You can’t sand that out, it’s in the wood. Two coats of poly
    is not enough. There are several better options for coloring and
    finishing pine, do your homework first.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks for your expertise Matt! We have been building furniture for years now and can tell you that they do hold up very well. But, you are also entitled to your opinion and you are free to build as you choose :) We will continue to build the way we do, save money, time and have pretty furniture to show for it :) Have a great day!

      • Scott

        Not to dredge up old comments, but Matt is right here. I have a table that my grandfather made using some of these techniques, and where they were used the table is falling apart. Of course, the table is also about 40 years old! Realistically, you’ll probably see this falling apart in 10-20 years, but for $100 that’s still pretty good!

  • Peter Dallman

    I’m going to be building two of these tables and benches in the next couple weeks, my question is about the wood. I live in the Pacific Northwest and can access all the wood at pretty inexpensive prices. But the $100-150 price tag has me scratching my head a bit. I can get all the lumber at that price, with the exception of the 4×4 IF they need to be kiln dried. Kiln dried 4×4 are going for over $3.00 a liniar foot.
    So..Round about question. Is everyone who builds these using green lumber? My concern about that is that when it dries it could twist and crack.
    All the other lumber is readily available kiln dried and inexpensive…Except for the 4×4’s.

  • Ashley

    Quick question – did you use Rustoleum Ultimate polyurethane in SATIN or MATTE? You said you used satin but the picture you show is matte. Just want to make sure I get it right as we are finishing up this weekend! Thanks!!

  • Corey

    I just built this and stained the table using the exact same stain.. however, I think I left the stain on far too long and now my table looks horrible. Is there any way to remedy the mistake? Can i completely re-sand the project and start over or will the stain penetrate the wood too far to sand? Thanks!

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  • RL

    Awesome job on the table! Can’t wait to build one! one thing I find works for clamping odd angles, is to use a few scrap wood blocks and hot glue them to the pieces I need to clamp, and then put the clamps on the blocks or next to them. Once done the blocks can be knocked off with a hammer and the glue scraped off with a chisel. Also, you can clamp using a rope and the blocks. Wrap the rope around the boards and then twist the rope with a strong dowel, etc.

  • Liz Jones

    Hello!

    I love this table! I will be attempting to make it soon. It’s so cute! On another note, I LOVE the paint color in this room. Would you mind sharing what it is? :)

  • Francoise

    Would be an awesome desk for my new office. You did an amazing job. Any chance you post a list of materials? That would be awesome. Thanks so much.

  • Molly Maple

    We just made the table, but the hub decided to widen and slightly lengthen the plans. We couldn’t find 4x4s down here in SC out of pine, but Berlin G Myers (for anyone in the Charleston area) had other (more expensive) wood. We chose poplar, which is very porous and so I treated it twice with wood conditioner before staining. It looks phenomenal! Thank you so much for posting this – we love our new table!!!

    • tony

      I like the size of your table. Whats the size?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I just saw this Molly!! LOVE!!!

  • http://buytablepads.com/ Ardi Bradlee

    Simply adorable. I wonder if I made it myself. Choosing a best quality material is essential and you would make it more innovative by adding your own creative ideas. Thanks Shanty 2 chic. Just a lovable post.

  • Christina Newkirk

    this table is beautiful! and i am sying to make it. like, this weekend. lol BUT i need to know what type of wood you used?! treated, untreated?? pine, cedar? we have looked all over for untreated and no one has it! :( is this something we MUST use?? please reply! im making this so we can have a thanksgiving dinner at our new home. :)

  • Alysse Ragle

    Cannot find 4X4 in untreated pine. I finally have my husband’s help making this, and no Home Depot or Lowes has them! :((((( I am in Dallas, TX

    • Guest

      Maybe she used the untreated Cedar 4×4’s from Lowes or Home Depot. You can tell in the pictures the 4x4s compared to the pine 2x’s look red and all her table top pictures look yellow pine where all her table leg pictures look red like the untreated cedar 4x4s you would get at Lowes or Home Depot. You have to go to a specialty lumber shop to get untreated pine 4x4s. No big box shop carries untreated pine 4x4s because 4×4 are usually used for exterior projects. However, her pictures with the finished stained dark walnut seem to cover up and blend the pine with the cedar quite well. Here in St. Louis the Lowes and HomeDepot don’t carry the untreated pine 4x4s either. We just got a Menards though I might check with them.

      • Julia Goss

        The Home Depot here in McKinney north of Dallas had the 4×4’s in Douglas Fir. It is soft like the pine and they look good together. I am about half way finished with the table I will start on the top tomorrow. Would like to know about the screws in the table top. I have both Kreg Jigs, does anyone know if the holes are Regular or HD?

    • seth.erwin

      The HD in Grand Prairie off of carrier has the untreated 4×4 in both pine and cedar. i was just there this past weekend

  • Vonda Witherspoon

    My husband and I built a 5 foot version of this table for our beach cottage. Our dining space has wooden vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. This table’s design suits the space well, and is large enough to meet our needs. Thanks for the plans and construction advice. We had no problems converting them to the size we needed and enjoyed using the Kreg HD jig.

    • Trish

      Do you have the measurements and plans for your 5 footer?! Thats more the size i’m looking for, i’m a little building (Special) so any help is appreciated!

  • mark

    Hi, when building the table top are you using the Kreg HD to make the pocket holes or do you need the smaller Kreg jig? Also, are using regular 2 1/2 inch wood screws not the HD screws, correct? Thanks!

  • Jennifer Leible

    Thanks for talking about your new HD Kreg Jig! I have the regular KJ and now I think I need this one too! Beautiful table!!

  • Kelly Nugen

    I love love love this beautiful table! I have to know where you found the white ceramic pitchers, though!! *I don’t have any questions about the table because you already answered all of them. :) This table is going on my list of projects for sure! Thank you!!

  • MikieSmith

    I really love the table ….. Looking forward to making one for our new house. I also like your chandelier, would you share with me where you got it?

  • Vanessa Juarez

    I absolutely love this gonna try to make this. How long did it take to make?

  • Angie

    What kind of wood did you use?

  • Jessica Christian

    Stunning transformation it is ! Love the DIY dining table that you have done. It is the kind of table where I would love to host a lunch or coffee with my family :* … This DIY is on the top of my list now. Thanks for sharing it up here <3

    Love & hugs
    Jessica x

  • Deidre Reinhart

    WOW…AWESOME table!!!! Amazing job!

  • Kristy Bateson

    Do you have any suggestions about using this as an outdoor table. I would use pressure treated wood. My concern is how to attach the table top pieces with a small space between each 2 x 10.(I would increase the length of the breadboard to account for the small gaps.) That takes out the options of using the Kreg, but I also do not want to have exposed screws on the top to attach it to the base. Anyone have ideas for me?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Your 4×4 runners under the table do run the width of the table, but there is nothing to keep the center down and keep it from bowing. YOu can do 4 1/2″ screws from below on the 4×4’s, but I think you will want to add additional pieces in the center to keep the wood from bowing up on you. Hope this helps!

      • Justin

        Can I use the K4 for this project?

  • Anna Orman Botz

    Love this! Just what we’re looking for with our family of 6. Any ideas on what bench plans would go with it?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I’m working on them now, and should have the plans up next week!

      • Jenna Kalleberg

        Can you post a link here, if you have them? Thx!

  • Marion

    Where did you find your 4×4 boards? The only ones we have here are treated. I’ve also built a ton of furniture for our home, but always end up laminating 2 2/4’s together for chunky legs. Did you order them?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      All of my Lowe’s and HD’s carry them in untreated pine. Not sure about your location though! Sorry!

  • Lauren Brooke Conlin

    Question! For the poly finish, how do you both apply (on larger projects like this of course)? I am SO afraid for this part of the table we built because I don’t want to mess it up. The table is so big, I don’t want to get half of it done and then it dry and look terrible. Any suggestions? Good thing I called Dad because I was about to put it in the spray gun and call it a wonderful day!

    • nathan

      In my experience spraying it on will get you the best finish and will be by far faster. However, I’ve brushed on poly a ton of times on table tops. As long as it isn’t super hot in your space you should have plenty of time to finish the table before it dries. Just don’t go back over where you started once you get to the end.

      PS if you choose to spray it makes a mess so be prepared.

    • Marion

      I always brush it on and it’s great – very smooth. Go in thin layers, no bubbles or drips, and lightly hand sand with fine grit sandpaper in between in coat but not after the last coat. I usually do 2-3 coats on a table for extra durability, but you can do more or less depending on the look and shine you want. Don’t be scared! It will be beautiful! :-)

  • astrollthrulife

    Love it, how pretty and such a great tutorial too. Hugs, Marty

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks Marty!

  • Alissa T.

    Love the look, it’s gorgeous. We have 5 kiddos aged 11 and down also… I’m wondering, what do you do with the crumbs that inevitably end up in the cracks between the wood on the table top? We built your outdoor table and benches for our covered deck (loving It, by the way!), but I’m finding it difficult to keep the cracks between the boards clean. Do you caulk before applying the poly? Or just run a toothpick every week or so :)

    • nathan

      If you have or have access to a table saw it would be easy to cut of the rounded sides of the top planks then glue, screw, and clamp and sand the top, preferably with a belt sander. You could even have them make the cuts at Lowes or wherever you buy the wood.

      I suppose you could also use stainable wood filler but that would be pretty tedious.

      Good Luck!!

    • Giggling Gerty

      Was thinking exactly the same thing. How do u stop or clean the crumbs.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I like to use the suction tube of my vacuum… Works like a charm :-)

  • Jeff Wright

    Very nice. I built a modified version of the original farmhouse table, but have been considering changing the base to something similar to this. I didn’t use wood glue between the base and the top for that very reason; easy to change out! My table is currently stained Early American, but thinking I may do an old world/chippy look on the new base.

    As always, great work.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Jeff! I would love to see yours when you get it done! Sounds beautiful :-)

  • http://www.helloilivehere.com/ Linda Crandall

    Thanks for sharing

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks Linda!

  • Kristie

    Always look forward to your posts in my email. Your home is beautiful. I have a random question. What type of flooring am I always seeing in these gorgeous shots? Thanks

    • JennKay

      Stained concrete! I’m very jealous of your floors. VERY.

      • Kristie

        OK, thanks! Got any ideas or information on the ability or expense to put down this kind of flooring after tearing out carpeting?

        • JennKay

          My husband and I contemplated trying to do it ourselves, but it’s pretty complicated unless you have clean/new/chip-free concrete. We had glue and chunks missing from the carpet tack strips when we removed the carpet. Didn’t even try to tackle. I’ve read it’s about $4/ft professional, but never got an estimate. One day maybe. And in my next house.

          • Kristie

            Well, Shucks! We’re here to stay, so I guess that option might be out! Thanks, JennKay!

          • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

            I agree… It was easier for us because we had the subs cover the floor and protect it when we built the house. Most concrete in existing homes will be covered with all kinds of goodness, some stains they won’t be able to remove. If it makes you feel any better, I am currently looking at new flooring to cover mine because these have been such a booger to keep clean. I feel like they are always dirty! Hope this helps!

  • Katie

    I LOVE this table! This is exactly what I want my husband to build. The problem we’ve come across is that we can’t find untreated 4x4s….where did you get yours?

    • nathan

      You can find them at Lowes, Homedepot, sutherlands, pretty much every box store that sells wood. IF they sell treated 4×4’s they will almost always sell untreated. Sometimes they are douglas fir instead of pine though. But fir seems to stain better then pine anyway.

      • Jeff Wright

        Lowes and HD neither one sell untreated 4x4s in my area. I have heard of one local lumber supply that does, but haven’t went by and checked yet.

        • nathan

          what area do you live in?

          • Jeff Wright

            Central NC. At one time, both website’s showed that they carried them in store here, but when I went by, both told me that haven’t carried them in a while and actually recommended that other lumber supply.

          • nathan

            That’s crazy a 4×4 post is a pretty standard piece of wood. Thats like them saying they no longer carry 2×4’s or screws.

          • Jeff Wright

            Agreed. They always have tons of treated 4x’s. Just no untreated.

          • Marion

            We don’t have them where I live in the lowcountry of SC either. I had that question, too. Maybe it’s the region we’re in. But, whenever I need a 4×4, I just have to laminate 2-2×4’s together. It still looks very good, but I’d love to have that single piece of 4×4.

          • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

            I’ve done that before on a previous table, but I do like the look of a solid piece of wood. That’s a bummer that your stores don’t carry them!

          • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

            Agreed! Here in Texas they stock them like all of the other lumber. I can always find them, and ours are always very straight too.

          • Alysse Ragle

            I am in TX and they only have treated pine, or cedar. That’s it!

          • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

            That’s a bummer… I have had a few people mention that they can’t get them. Like Nathan said, our stores always carry them. Bummer!