To get the Hanger bolt into the holes I drilled, I locked them into my drill and screwed them in. You have to be careful with this method or you risk stripping the threads of your hanger bolt. Low speed, high torque is key.
I fit the corner brackets into the grooves on the apron.
And then you’d think I would attach the leg and take a picture that I could share with you, wouldn’t you? Yeah, well, you’d be wrong. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the work that I forget about basic blogger protocol, like taking a freaking picture every once in a while!
Seriously, it’s a marvel that Handan hasn’t fired me, and an even greater marvel that you, dear madam, still read this half-chewed blog!
Okay, so I’m cheating a little bit here, but I just crawled under the table (no small feat, I assure you) and snapped a picture of a corner bracket. To keep things in their proper perspective, I flipped the picture upside down.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves here, but you can see the tabletop fasteners in action there, too!
Okay, rewinding to the basement. After I had the legs secured to the apron, and the apron positioned on the table, I marked and drilled little holes for the 40 fasteners I would be using.
All that remained was for Handan to paint the legs and apron. We moved them over to another work table.
This is actually when I sprayed the legs with shellac. When the shellac dried, Handan started to paint.
After several thin coats of her world-famous chalk paint, color-matched to Old White, Handan sanded it down a bit to give it some light distressing.
It was here that she realized that I had forgotten to glue the corbels in place. Me forget? Shocker, I know.
So I sanded off some paint…
We were so close now. I could taste the table. It tasted like victory. And ash.
The final steps would be completed upstairs. We carefully…so carefully…carried the tabletop and the legs up to the dining room. The tabletop weighs about 73 tons, so I had to use about half my strength to get it up the stairs. Ash may be cheap, but it is dense!
We laid down a tarp in the foyer, and Handan waxed the apron and legs with Fiddes and Sons clear wax – this stuff is the best we’ve found for furniture – both natural wood and painted.
When she finished waxing, we carried the legs over and placed them on the upside-down table in the dining room. We had it propped up on our old chairs to make the work easier. We centered the legs and screwed all the tabletop fasteners in place.
Handan was having some issues working the camera on my phone, so I was trying to show her an easier way…all the while, she was snapping photos of me.
Part 5 – The Reveal
We made it! I can’t believe I wrote all that, and I sure as heck can’t believe you read it! Good for you, madam. You have the fortitude of a honey badger.
So, ummm, enough of my yapping, I guess, right?
As you no doubt noticed, we also bought new chairs. I will cross them off the list below, but I will talk about them a little more in a future post. I’m all out of words! This was one heck of a long post! Kudos to you, madam, if you’re still with me!
Dining Room Makeover Checklist
Moodboard and plan. Paint the room. Create a gallery wall and design printables for it. Decide on the rug. Buy Chairs. Build dining table.
- Build a small console table.
- Makeover/upcycle antique wardrobe.
- Makeover/paint the buffet table.
- Decorate dining room.
Click here to see more dining room makeover posts as we continue to cross items off our checklist!