We have a small living-room that serves as dining-room/living-room/office.
So when we decided to update our furniture, we were looking for a dining table, a desk and a sideboard/shelves that matched.
Turns out most people don’t look for matching dining tables and desks (weird, right? :))
We ended up making a table, a desk and a sideboard.

First the table:

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We built a frame and fixed it to the 4 legs.

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The top

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The desk is made in much the same way as the table (just shorter and not as wide as the table)

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We finished all of the furniture the same way
Shown below are the different stages – first we covered the chair with one coat of white varnish.

Then one coat of the oak finish (“vernis chêne grisé” by Leroy Merlin)

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Then we sanded it down so that the undercoat of white would show through in places.

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Then we added some dark grey stain (“Teinte effet grisé”)

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Then we sanded again

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For you local (French or Swiss) readers, here are the products we used (all bought at Leroy Merlin in France)

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Then we made the sideboard
(below is a picture of the first steps in making the sideboard and the old  - messy – shelves in the background)

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We’re quite fond of our crooked, one of a kind furniture.
And when it starts falling apart and needs replacing, we can just make some new pieces..go to IKEA. :)

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