I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of table I want in our dining-room-turned-art-space. Should I buy one? Maybe the Strut Table I’ve been in love with for ages from Blu Dot? Should I build something? Maybe use trestles from Ikea and a hollow core door? Except Colorado doesn’t have an Ikea. (What the?!)

Then I saw this photo in Downtown Chic, the Sixx Design book I just posted about, and fell in love. It’s so old and worn and beat-up and beautiful. My kids could paint on it or cut on it or dent it and it wouldn’t matter even a little bit. So I hired my nephew Josh to help me build something like it. We don’t really know what we’re doing, but the rough nature of the finished project allows for mistakes. Which is perfect. Here is our progress:

We’re building it as big as we can based on the sheet metal that was available. We think when it’s finished it will be able to seat 10 very comfortably, and 14 pretty comfortably. Once it’s built, I’ll decide on the finish. Possibly I’ll try to make it look aged. (I have no idea how I would go about doing this, if you have any tips, please share.) Possibly I’ll just paint it.

Once it’s finished (assuming the table turns out cool), I’ll write up something with more details, sources and instructions.