When I first got married seven years ago my father bought me a beautiful round Pottery Barn dinette set. It sat four people and fit perfectly in my small apartment. Fast forward a few years and we are in our starter home with a small dining room. With one small baby that sat in the high chair, we still had room to have another couple over for dinner. Well, fast forward a few more years, we are now in a much larger home with two dining areas and two children. The table barely took up half the dining room and there was no room to have others over. It was time the small round white table moved onto another family.
So, the only dilemma we faced now was trying to find a new dining room table and chairs for the $200 we received selling our last table. Pretty close to impossible finding that new and it being big enough to take up our large dining room. I was swooning over these tables from Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
We decided to make two bench seats instead of going out and buying chairs. The plans for the benches can be found here.
To get the weathered oak (driftwood) finish:
First, we sanded the entire table and benches down and beat up the table a little bit with a few different hammers and a hand plane. We also used a curved knife and shaved the edges down to give it more of a rustic look.
Then we used wood conditioner and minimax stain in weathered oak. We only had to do one coat of each to get the desired look we wanted.
After the stain dried, we used a spray polymer furniture finish and hand buffed the whole thing down with steel wool. We loved our results!
After everything was finished our total cost was about $180!