3 years ago, I went to Canton, TX. If you live nearby and have never been, well, go.
I drove there in my husband’s little green Honda Civic, which I thought would mean that I wouldn’t purchase anything large.
Years before, a friend said, “Someday, I want to make a kitchen table out of an old door.” That stuck in my mind… so naturally, when I was in Canton and came across a stack of old antique doors, I couldn’t just walk by. And then I saw it… he was so beautiful, I had to have him.
A dark wood, 5-paneled, old pocket door with an oval brass handle. I mean, I couldn’t just leave him there. … And the dream of the kitchen table, right? So, I made a quick phone call to the husband, “Hey, I want to buy this door… and make a table out of it. It’s only $30. I could maybe pay for it now, and come back tomorrow to pick it up with a truck?”
To which he answered (like my awesome husband does), “Sure, whatever you want sweetie.” Followed by, “I just don’t want it to become an unfinished project that sits in our garage forever.” (he knows me too well)
So I bought that little guy. And rather than come back the next day, I folded down the seat in that little Honda Civic, stuffed my “future table” through the trunk, hanging out the back of the car, tied it down, and took him home like a true East Texas country girl.
And it sat in our garage for 3 years.
Now, to my credit, I didn’t actually start the project, so that means it wasn’t unfinished, right?
It was just a door… that sat in our garage for 3 years.
I tried it in our kitchen – it was rectangular; our space was square.
My husband said, “I think it’s too narrow to have two people sit across from one another.”
I don’t know how many times I set it up in our garage on saw horses over the years, just to see if it would actually work.
He looked pretty, but he just never fit in our house quite right.
Fast forward 3 years, and we moved to a new house. Is it dumb to say that I considered the size of the kitchenette in our floor plan to see if my door table would fit? 🙂
After considering tons of other tables that we could purchase, I knew that this was still the one that would make me happy. And my husband said, “Do what you want. Get the table that makes you happy.”
Thank you, for giving me the freedom to do something that seemed so silly at the time. (I even cried about it… sheesh)
I bought the chairs, bench, and table legs at the unfinished furniture store.
We had stain leftover from the cabinets in our new house, so we used that to match the door and the seats.
Isn’t it lovely?
The most exciting step for me – putting the legs on. It started to look like an actual table.
And there you have it. After 3 years of waiting, and 2 weeks of sanding, staining, painting, sealing, drying, screwing, buying glass inserts… there it is!
I LOVE it.
I’m so glad I decided to go ahead with it. And that hubby encouraged me to do it.
It has so much character.
It makes me happy every time we use it.
So, I don’t mind cleaning crumbs out from under the glass, or wiping it 3 times a day, or whatever.
I’d have to say, it’s one of my favorite DIYs that I’ve ever done. And it’s useful too. 🙂
So come on over and enjoy a meal with us, or a game night, or a crayon-coloring session with our kids. We’re saving you a seat!
What about you? Do you have something that you always wanted to do, and then finally got around to finishing?