Our clients purchased an historic home with a very large formal dining room. They had some other large pieces of furniture that they’d collected in their travels being stationed all over the U.S. during the husband’s military career, and they wanted a large, handcrafted dining table to be a statement piece in their home. The initial request was “I want something larger than life!”
We constructed the trestle table base of southern yellow pine, after which it was painted with General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint, lightly hand distressed, then overglazed with General Finishes Yellow Ochre Glaze Effects. Our clients thriftily sourced chairs which were repaired, then painted and glazed to match the table’s trestle base.
The tabletop was constructed of 5” wide oak flooring, which was assembled in a tray made from cabinet-grade plywood for stability and a way to anchor each of the boards as would be done in a normal floor application. A thick, oak border surrounds the edge, to give a look that the table is actually much thicker than it is. Anchor points were covered with decorative walnut plugs. The tabletop was stained with General Finishes Colonial Maple Gel Stain and further sealed with General Finishes High Performance Polyurethane in Satin.
A matching bench was constructed of solid oak, with plug detailing, trestle base, using the same finishing process, colors, and products.