My wife and I had the same dinner table since we first got married: a tiny, light-weight Ikea number that included four chairs for under $150.
Just married and living in a townhouse with a dog, it was all we needed. And it was the right price: under $200 for the table and chairs.
Flash forward about 12 years and we were due for a new table â two homes and three kids later, the tiny Ikea table had outlived its usefulness for us.
After procrastinating for about a year, I finally got us an upgraded table this spring â well, I built it. For under $100.
This isnât the first time Iâve built something for our home. My wife and I built loft beds for our two older kids in successive years. They made fun projects and meaningful Christmas gifts. They were also affordable and relatively easy to make, thanks to plans from another handy parentâs website.
So I went back to the well, using Ana White’s website again with a weekend project last month while my wife was out of town.
A trip to Home Depot and about $80 later, I had all the supplies I needed â granted, a lot of the tools Iâd already grabbed for past projects. But Home Depot made all the major cuts I needed to the specs on Anaâs website.
Flash forward a few hours over two days â this can be done in a day if you donât have three âhelpersâ under the age of 9, including an ornery six-year-old obsessed with using the drill â and we had a new farmhouse table large enough to seat eight people comfortably.
It wasn’t without some frustrations â after all, Iâm no professional furnituremaker, and while those Ikea chairs I assembled a dozen years ago are still standing, some of the slats of them are attached wrong.
But this is a doable project for the amateur wood worker.
If you have a weekend free â I wonât know what thatâs like again until after Little League season wraps up in early June â this is a do-able project. And itâll improve your home five-fold what you spend.
Now I just need to find time to stain it.
Once thatâs done, itâll be on to another weekend project â perhaps a bench for the table, a new bed with storage space or the outdoor seating Iâve been coveting for our deck.
What spring projects are on your to-do list?