Depending on what room you’re in, tables can be the most important piece in play. Kitchens, offices, some living rooms — all of these spaces necessitate a large and in charge table to provide function and set the tone for the rest of the furniture. For our “Hello Room” aka lobby, which you will soon see come together on Office Goals, we wanted a minimalist, yet powerful plank table that could show off the products and also be a photogenic surface for all our DIY projects.
So, hell yeah, we DIY-ed one!! Sofia actually used this set up for her dining room table a few years ago, so it comes with the Swedish seal of approval! Despite the size of the final piece, this is actually a totally doable project to take a bite out of. Just think of the dinner parties you could host on this baby!
5 long wood planks
4 shorter wood planks (measured to the width of the 5 long planks together)
White wood stain
Gray wood stain
- First things first: without the right wood, you can’t make the right table! If you don’t have the right tools (aka Joey and a power saw) at your disposal, head to a hardware store to have them cut the wood for you. You need 5 longer pieces, which you can decide the length of given the specifications of your space, and 4 shorter pieces, which should measure exactly the width of the 5 long pieces put together.
- Once you’ve got your lumber on lockdown, mix together two wood stains — a white stain and a gray stain — to create your own custom mix. This light gray looks completely effortless and enigmatic, giving the table the appearance of a material somewhere between wood and marble.
- Apply the first coat of your stain mix with a stain pad, covering the top and sides of all 5 long pieces. The shorter pieces will be underneath, so no worries about staining them!
- We applied the second coat of stain with a paper towel, which gives it a little unfinished texture and unpolished of a look, which worked with the upscale, minimalist rustic look we wanted our table to have.
- Let the stains dry before working with the wood. When you’re ready to assemble your table, start by putting the 5 long beams next to each other, stained sides down. Make sure they are exact and even before doing any drilling! To put the table together, lay one of the shorter planks horizontally across the 5 long ones, then screw into place, using one screw for each long plank that is covered.
- Repeat this process with the other 3 shorter planks, making sure that they are evenly spread across the length of the table so the weight of the beams is supported equally. Generally speaking, you want to place them all equidistant from each other, so divide the length of the long beams by 5, mark where your 4 shorter beams should be placed, and go with that.
- For customization (in case you want to make it longer or shorter in the future) and also convenience, you won’t attach the legs, but rather place the table on them. Before you do this, play around with the placement. It’s important that the table is supported equally on both sides, but it’s also important that it looks as fly as possible!
- Once you’ve decided where the legs should stand, place the table top on them, and voila! Dang, you just made a table!! Go make yourself a celebratory cocktail and enjoy it on your new piece of furniture.