Hi! I hope you all have had a great weekend! It is once again Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch and I have decided to share the dining table I was inspired to make.
I started getting Country Living Magazine when I lived in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1990s. I loved learning about true primitive, colonial and country style. I loved these magazines so much that I kept several of them, especially Christmas issues that I frequently look back at. I clipped recipes, and even bought some back issues on ebay this fall.
I was inspired by a table I saw in the November 1997 issue. It was made from old boards and had antique iron fence pieces for the base. For years I looked for the perfect wrought iron fence pieces hoping to make this table. I never found them.
Finally a few years ago, I took down some wormy chestnut boards off my great grandmother's 100-year-old guest house on our property. FYI...the chestnut trees were all killed in the early 1900s from a blight. The wood is so beautiful and you can only find it on old buildings. My great grandfather's house was full of it with beautiful trim work and doors. It is truly a treasure, and one I wanted to use. So...I went to a local craftsman and had him make the base I designed from iron. I first put the boards together by fitting them like a puzzle then glueing and clamping. I then planed the boards with an electric planer, sanded, stained, and finished with polyurethane. I can tell you this is my pride and joy! Not only is it unique, it is just beautiful and we enjoy it every day!
The old guest house...
Underneath the siding is wormy chestnut.
The table is 7 feet long, 4 feet wide and can seat 8.
So there you have my "Country Living-inspired table. We really love it. But we love it because it has not only a sense of history, but it has part of my family and that is priceless:-)