Celebration Challenge – Day 26 – My new table!

Hey guys!  

Yea!!  Sounds like a few of you out there loved the photography tips from the past few nights … thanks for your comments!!  I hope you learned a lot and felt inspired to get out there and celebrate your own snapshots again … they are priceless memories! I promise we'll bring it back again next month … we'll talk more shop and learn a few more awesome tips!!

I'm super excited about my post tonight because this has been weeks in the making.  So, I'm celebrating ambitious do-it-yourself projects … especially the ones that actually turn out!

Here's the story … a couple months ago I opened one of my favorite furniture catalogs and fell in love.  Fell in love with an industrial style play table for my kiddos, that is!  I had been dreaming about how I was going to decorate my new family room for months and suddenly I was full of inspiration!  You could say that Restoration Hardware was speaking my love language  - hahaha – until I saw the price tag.  Ugh!

So, I decided to make my own!

I downloaded some rough plans from a blog I follow, called in some backup, and got to work!  Here was my inspiration:


And here is my version of it!


Just in case you are curious, we constructed our 72×24 table from 2×6 wood planks, 3×3 legs, 1×4 table aprons, various wood supports, wood glue, drywall screws, and locking casters all from Lowes.  The sheet metal top came from a metal yard in west Phoenix … I had it cut and bent to fit. Oh ya, I forgot to mention a ton of time and a whole lot of elbow grease!  

Finally, here are a couple images of how that big 'ol stack of wood, tools, and hardware became my fun industrial style table!

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So … what do you think?  I LOVE it!  My kiddos love it too.  I still can't believe I pulled it off and for sure couldn't have done it without lots of help.  I don't have the space all around it decorated yet … but believe me the wall behind it will include some AMAZING images of my little dudes! 

I need some advice though … I'm thinking I might spray paint my awesome Etsy school chairs … I love all the chipped paint but I'm not lovin the color too much.   Should I go gunmetal gray?  What do you think?

Until tomorrow!



by bethany

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rachel peacockFebruary 27, 2011 - 7:02 am

Wow! Great job! I love your table! Those chairs are great too! I love the old beat down look of the chairs but I’m sure they would look great if you painted them too. You can always distress them a bit after painting!

Jamielyn NyeFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:25 pm

LOVE it!! Awesome job!! The chairs are so fun. If they were mine I would paint them grey or red. 🙂

Catherine LaporteFebruary 27, 2011 - 6:31 pm

I am so impressed Bethany. The table looks just like your inspiration. So totally cool!! I think the gunmetal gray would be awesome or an accent color that matches what ever you place on the walls.

Kari HoltFebruary 27, 2011 - 7:46 pm

Oh.my.word. I want one desperately. We’re needing a new art table for our playroom now that we have dramatically reduced the number of toys in there … this is the perfect inspiration!!

Adrianne BreesFebruary 27, 2011 - 8:32 pm

love love love it!!! great job garvey family… what an awesome creation! 🙂

Vicki ClemanFebruary 27, 2011 - 10:37 pm

Wow, so impressed! Plus everyone looks like they are having the time of their life on this project.

Amy HillFebruary 27, 2011 - 11:25 pm

OH MY GOSH!! Look what i’ve been missing! I’m in love with it! And YES…spray paint the chairs gunmetal gray! Can’t wait to see it in person. You are one talented, visionary woman!

Jenna ZieglerFebruary 28, 2011 - 8:41 am

That is so awesome. I love it. I say paint the chairs!

Kellie RheaFebruary 28, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Turned out awesome! I hope the family enjoys it for a long time!

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