Monday, December 9, 2013

New Dining Room Table

I have been wanting a new dining room table, but couldn't seem to find one that I liked or that would be the perfect size for my awkward shaped dining room/eat in kitchen.  I have been following Ana White's projects for quite some time, but haven't braved doing any of them yet.  I have never done any kind of wood project before, with the exception of helping hubby hold something while he nailed it or something, so this was a whole new element for me!

I decided on Ana White's Farmhouse table.  It was the perfect length, however I did adjust the width a bit, I  wanted my table a bit wider than hers.  I actually used three different tutorials from Ana White's website for this table as I liked different features in the Farmhouse Table, the Updated Farmhouse Table (using a pocket hole drill), and another from a guest post.

Due to the lack of the lumber type/size that I wanted to use at our local HD, I ended up using 1 2x10 for the center and 2 2x8's on both sides of that and a 2x8 for the breadboard ends.  This project was much easier than I expected it to be, and I am now in love with wood projects!  The hardest part of this table was the same as everyone else said it would be, notching out the legs for the stretcher and apron.  Aside from that this was pretty simple.

What the table top looks like on the underside with all of the pocket holes.

Hubby helped me with the table, I planned to do it all myself but it was very nice having help.  I had never used most of the tools that were needed for this so help was a must for my own safety, ha ha!

We picked wood with some nice size knots in it to give it plenty of personality.

Sanding the table, and sanding the table, and sanding the table.  

Starting the tedious job of staining.

Putting the 2nd coat of stain on.

Sanding after the 2nd coat of stain.

3rd and final coat of stain on and drying.

Close up of the bottom of the table, we only put one coat on the bottom and love how the grain of the wood came out.

For the finish we went with MinWax Jacobean.  The color came out MUCH darker than we anticipated, but I am so glad that it did!
Dining room before.

Dining room after.

Close up of the stain/table top.

We have a lot more plans for the dining room, here is my Pinterest board of my plans for the dining room!  We plan to make the matching bench to go along with the table for one side and 4 parsons chairs on the other side of the table.  I am still trying to decide the fabric for the parsons chairs, and find some chairs for cheap to refinish and reupholster with it.

A review of A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God's Unfolding Story of Salvation by Heather Kendall

Today I get to tell you about two books that I was given the opportunity to review, both by Heather A. Kendall.  God's Unfolding Story of Salvation, a Bible study, and A Tale of Two Kingdoms, an accompanying book to go with the Bible study.

God's Unfolding Story of Salvation is a 38 lesson Bible Study for older teens and adults.  This is meant to be studied at your pace.  I think this would be great for a group Bible Study, personally.  I have not done many Bible studies in my life and I would have preferred to study this along with a group to talk this over and dig deeper into the thoughts of others, and myself.  This is a really neat study as it's not topic centered, but rather goes into a deeper look from Genesis all the way to Revelations.  This book gives you a small tidbit of information, you will need your Bible heavily for this study, and you do the research to dig deeper and study on God's Salvation.  I actually chose not to do the Bible Study just yet, as I want to start it in January and use it for a full year and really get to dig into this study, I am excited about starting this in January and will certainly update once I've been using it longer.

A Tale of Two Kingdoms is an accompanying book to go with the Bible Study, or can be read alone.  It doesn't go right along with the Bible Study, but is a great resource to use with it.  This is a very in depth book, and I would not recommend it for someone just starting to dig deeper into their faith and the Bible.  This is certainly for someone with a lot of experience with Bible Studies and a good sense of the Bible, or to be used along with Gods Unfolding Story of Salvation with a group Bible Study.

You can purchase these books from Heather Kendall's website by clicking here.  You can purchase the Bible Study for $22 which includes shipping and the accompanying book for $23 which also includes shipping.

Heather Kendall has done a wonderful job writing these books and I definitely encourage you to head on over to the Mosaic Review page and read the other reviewers thoughts on these books to see if they would be a good fit for your Bible Study or a great Christmas present for someone special in your life!