HGTV Open Concept Dining Table Free Plans

***Tune in to HGTV today at 2PM EST to see the premiere of our pilot, Open Concept! Here is a sneak peak and free plans of one of the pieces of furniture that we built! Make sure to tune in today to see ALL of the pieces that we built!***

So yah.  That just happened.  How fun was it?  Did you enjoy watching the premiere of our pilot Open Concept on HGTV?  We had a BLAST at our family watch party!  We really can’t thank you enough for all of the support you guys continue to show us.  It really has been so encouraging, and we are so thankful for you.

As promised, we are here to share the FREE PLANS for that amazing HGTV Open Concept Dining Table! And can we talk about this table….


Isn’t it amazing?  We wanted to keep it… 😉 As always, we will walk you through the how to here, and you can also download and print the free plans HERE or by clicking the button below.


This was such a fun table to build!  It really is a simple design, but the detail in the legs give it such a cool look.

Full Shot Dining Table Drawing

We started by purchasing all of the wood from the table.  This table uses mostly pine or whitewood.  We get asked all the time what type of wood we use  most.  We typically go for pine, common board and whitewood because they are the cheapest, and they look beautiful finished.


First, you will build each of the legs.  This table uses 4×4.  We find ours at Home Depot.  Make sure you purchase the untreated 4×4.  In our area, they typically run around $13 each.  Make sure to cut a very small piece off the end of each board you cut.  This will give you a square board to start from.

Cut the long 4×4 and the leg pieces first.  Use a miter saw to trim the edge of each leg piece at a 45˚ angle to give them a tapered look.


 This shows where to make your cuts on the leg pieces…

leg pieces


To attach all of the 4×4 pieces, we used our HD Kreg Jigs to create pocket holes.  When using 4×4 material, you have to use the HD jig rather than the regular Kreg Jig.  Don’t know what the heck a Kreg Jig is?  We have a quick video about it HERE.  Basically, it’s a tool used to create pocket holes.  It makes building SO MUCH easier.  Get one.  You will thank us.

Kreg HD Jig

Now, on the plans you will see that the bottom long stretcher is one piece.  We knew getting the table in the house would be an issue at this length, so we decided to break it into 3 pieces.  We attached the two outside pieces to the legs  and then did a shorter runner in the middle.  Make sense??  Both ways work, so just choose which fits your setup best.

You can see here how we attached the legs using Kreg HD screws through the pocket holes.


Next, we added foot pads.  These are small square pieces of board cut to go under the table to lift it off the floor a bit.  Just use wood glue and 1.25″ brad nails to attach these.  We used our cordless Ryobi brad nailer which made this part even easier.



The top of the legs which sits under the table top is built the same way, but we used 1.5″ pocket holes and 2.5″ pocket hole screws.  We also used our K5 Kreg Jigs to make the pocket holes for these.

Kreg Jig K5

Now remember, the plans call for one long runner, but we broke ours up to make it easer to move.  We attached the vertical boards to the feet using HD pocket holes and screws as well.  Then we attached the top pieces using wood glue and 2.5″ wood screws through the top of the supports and into each vertical leg.


Now for the fun part… The trim!  You will cut 1×3 boards to wrap each leg.  Attach these using wood glue and 1.25″ brad nails.




Then we attached the top ones…


Once those are done, you will cut and attach all of the decorative trim pieces.  We cut these out of 1×12 using our jig saws.

Ryobi Jig Saw

You can see here how to measure and draw out each piece.  We cut one and then used that to trace the rest so they would all match.

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 6.52.56 AM


This is the part where we made memories and not mistakes 🙂

Pine is soft, and we had a few that broke on us, but we used a little glue and they were golden after that.  No harm no foul, right?

The table top is all planked pine.  We made 3/4″ pocket holes and used 1.25″ pocket hole screws to attach everything on this part.  We did not use wood glue on the table top.

Here is a good example of how the pocket holes will attach the breadboards.  This is a smaller piece, but the same idea.

Planked Top of Table


We attached the table top to the bases using 2″ wood screws through the bottom of the 2×4 supports on the legs and up into the table top.  Don’t use glue on this part if you plan on ever taking the table apart to move it.

We used one of our favorite stains on the top.  It’s Varathane Wood Stain in Dark Walnut from Home Depot.  This stuff is amazing… Goes on in one coat and dries in under an hour… Yes, please!

Varathane Wood Stain Early American

We painted the base of the table in Rust-Oleum’s new Chalked Paint in Linen White.  Seriously LOVE this stuff.  It’s also at Home Depot.

Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint

We had our hubbies help us move it over to Brooke and Dack’s and set it up and what do you think?  We think it’s just AMAZING.




Now… Here is some help on where we found things…

You can find the tutorial for the plate rack on the wall HERE!

Table runner and chairs are from World Market.

Window panels are from Hobby Lobby.

Metal chargers are from Pottery Barn.  Yah, we bought our own too.

Glass hobnail jars on centerpiece are from

Metal wall baskets with greenery are from World Market.

Platters and plates are all from HomeGoods.

I think that just about does it…

And again, THANK YOU friends for your support!  Y’all made this so fun for us, and we seriously wish we could hug all of your necks for all that you do for us.  We are thankful for that we had the opportunity to film this pilot for HGTV and help this family, and we are hopeful to have the opportunity to turn it into a series.  We will keep you guys updated on everything of course!

As always, let us know if you have any questions at all!

Happy Building!

Whitney and Ashley


  1. Jennifer @Whimsy and Wood on March 3, 2017 at 12:04 am

    One more question, are there any plans for a coordinating bench?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

      We didn’t create a bench for this but we have a few that you could alter to match! Or, just do our basic Farmhouse bench!

  2. Jennifer @Whimsy and Wood on March 2, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I am looking to make this for a school auction. Would it also work with 2x material for the table top?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 2, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Yes! It will make it 3/4″ taller but you could take that off of the legs of you want 🙂

      • Jennifer @Whimsy and Wood on March 2, 2017 at 11:25 pm

        Thank you for mentioning that! This is my first table like this & I would have probably forgotten until it seemed a little too

  3. Dawn Coppinger Kimball on July 16, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the plans for furniture and where you shop for all the beautiful pieces ~ love your show!

  4. Nina McCalla on June 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Just found your showed-LOVE it.

  5. Ivey on October 18, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I loved the show. I was wondering what is the name of the paint color you used on the walls? Thanks!

  6. Mary J on October 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Love this! Where are the chairs from?

  7. Amber John on October 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    This show is soooo beyond amazing and inspiring watched it for the first time the other day and I was in ahh of the work you ladies do!! Keep rocking it ladies;)

    • Shanty2Chic on October 6, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Thank you Amber! We appreciate your sweet words!

      • Amber John on October 6, 2015 at 9:52 am

        I know this may be a long shot!! BUT me and my hubby are flying into Texas this afternoon, and were wanting to venture around the Stock yards, what would be the chance that we could score a meet and greet with you two fabulous ladies!?!?

  8. Denise Wright on October 3, 2015 at 1:48 am

    You guys are completely inspiring me to try making my own furniture……just stuck on what miter saw to buy do you have any suggestions? If not a model then what features or options are needed for most of the furniture you guys make?

  9. Tisha Terry on October 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    You two are truly talented. I watched your show last night with my husband and I am so glad I recorded it, Your craftsmanship is outstanding but I especially enjoyed how you shared how you build things. My husband has all the tools, now I feel with your instructions, confident to use them and get busy building. Thank you.

    • Shanty2Chic on October 6, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Thank you so much Tisha! Made us smile :-)!!

  10. Lisa Dickson on October 2, 2015 at 3:25 am

    I came across your show by accident during a sleepless night…it is awesome!!! Love you girls and your can do attitude! I am inspired to by tools and begin building. Thank you!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 6, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Thank you Lisa!! We appreciate it!!

  11. Roro on October 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I want you guys to build me a breakfast nook table please.

  12. Debbie McDowell on September 26, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Will your show be shown on HGTV in Canada? I don’t think it aired here! Would love to see it!

  13. Tammy Linskey on September 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Simply amazing as usual!!!!

  14. Tamra on September 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Favorite new show! It will be a BIG hit. Ran across it by accident on Saturday and fell in love with design and all of the furniture you created. Adore the fact that two moms can make kick butt furniture too! We are right down the road from Roanoke in Argyle–how can I get you to do a project for us??? I need that table and some great designer help and you two ‘nailed’ it.

  15. Kevashell on September 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Loved the show! I have two questions, both 100% serious! 1. Is there any way we can get you two girls up here to redo our house? PLEASE! 2. I thought I saw two versions of the table on the show. One with an antique white finish on the top with benches for seating and then the one above. Is there any way to get the info on the benches and the antique white finished table? Thank you!

  16. Ashley Farr on September 22, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Is there a way to stream the show if we missed it?

  17. Suzy @ Worthing Court on September 22, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I adored watching y’all on your show! You did a fabulous job and I sure do hope that HGTV turns it into a series!

  18. jeanniek on September 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Loved the show!! Can’t wait to see another episode…Question: what do you do to the wood to make sure that after the furniture is built the pieces don’t shrink, warp, expand, etc? Or are you buying wood that has already been dried?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:45 am

      We always shop for straight boards, but we don’t have a huge problem with it in our area. One option is to get your wood at a lumber yard as opposed to a hardware store. The moisture content of the wood is usually much less. Hope this helps!

      • jeanniek on September 22, 2015 at 5:20 am

        Thanks so much!

  19. Veronica on September 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Love the light fixture. Did you ladies make it?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:46 am

      We didn’t! 🙂 This one is from Lowe’s I believe!

      • Hidi Nightlinger on September 22, 2015 at 10:47 am

        I was also interested in the light, do you have any other info on it?

  20. lkernodle43 on September 21, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Loved the show. I’m looking forward to more.

  21. Linda Baldock on September 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

    The show was fabulous!! I love how you’re sharing the build(s) on your website, which has always been one of my favorite. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:46 am

      Thank you Linda for your kind words! 🙂

  22. June Costello on September 21, 2015 at 9:05 am

    LOVED the show and can’t wait to see what’s next!!!!!

  23. Rhonda Merry on September 21, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I loved your show this weekend. It was great to see local spots, especially the Home Supply resale, I love that place. I’m looking forward to more episodes. Well done.

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:47 am

      Thank you Rhonda! I know it… We wanted to leave with a lot more from that store than we did 🙂

  24. chispitacarreras on September 21, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Can you make the top chunkier? Do those planks come any thicker? The legs are stunning, and the whole set up is great, but I would have liked the top even more if it was chunkier. Great job, girls!

    • Linda Baldock on September 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

      I guess you could use 2″ x 6″ boards for the planks instead of the 1″ x 6″ called for in the plans. I think that would give you the look you’re going for.

      • Shanty2Chic on September 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

        Yes Linda! Thanks for responding!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

      You can use 2x planks and if you are worried about the groves, just run the edges through a table saw. This will change the width of the table top a bit but not by much!

  25. Lauren Halagarda on September 21, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Any idea if/when it will be rebroadcast? I was so excited to watch it after I DVR’d it only to find it didn’t record. Soo disappointed!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:47 am

      We have been told they will probably air it at other times as well… As soon as we hear something we will let you guys know!

  26. Jamie K on September 21, 2015 at 4:38 am

    watched and Loved it! Can’t wait for the next show!! Whoohoo!

  27. Jennifer Collins on September 21, 2015 at 4:31 am

    DVRd the show and watched it last night….loved it! My 13 yo daughter loved it too:)

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:47 am

      Yeah! So love hearing that! 🙂

  28. Traci Ulry Gill on September 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I watched your show and I loved it! So many great ideas. I plan to implement a few of them in my home. Looking forward to the next episode!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:48 am

      Woohoo happy to hear it Traci! Thank you so much for your sweet words!

  29. Laura Jones on September 20, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    So I’m watching your show!! And I must know, where can I find the coffee table casters? Love, LOVE them!!

  30. Jennifer Zielewicz on September 20, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    How did you attach the decorative pieces? The ones with the arch? Love this table. I just made my mom one from your site but I may like this one more!! You girls are awesome!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:49 am

      We used wood glue and finish nails… The arch is small enough at both ends to attach and hold it in place until the glue dries. Thank you SO much!

  31. pam reynolds on September 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    YAY!!! Congrats loved the show it was so nice seeing these projects on tv

  32. Tracey on September 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Loved the show. Have admired your site/blog for a while now. Love your creativity and personalities!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 22, 2015 at 4:50 am

      Happy to hear it Tracey! Thank you for your encouraging words!

  33. Caitlin on September 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I saw the show and loved everything! Literally, my dream home. When will you ladies be taking applicants for the show?

  34. Nicole on September 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Just watched the show, you girls did great! Congrats!

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