I have to say this is one of my favourite DIY projects! Everything from the build to the worn, rustic finish. While it took longer than I hoped for, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!
As soon as I saw the movie It’s Complicated I was in love with the dining table used in the movie. It was however an antique and despite looking around I could not find a table of similar shape. Rounded ends, but not oval.
So we took matters into our own hands, and used inspiration from that table to make our own. We started with rough sawn pine, 3 planks glued together to form the top. Rounded the edges, which was a bit of a nail biter since I wanted the ends round, but didn’t want an oval table!
We built the legs based on a pattern we had used previously for our outdoor harvest table and just scaled them to size to fit this table. Then it was time to add a rustic, worn looking finish.
I wanted something that would allow some raw wood to show through, have darker and lighter areas of patina, still show the rough sawn marks and knots, and have that kind of whitish appearance you often see in old worn wood.
I was able to achieve it using a combination of paint and liming wax, both brushed on and blended with a slightly damp rag.