oldtablemy old dining table

This is a photo of our old dining room table. We bought it many years ago and it now just looks boring and dated. What I do love about this table are the hidden extensions, and because of that reason alone I considered keeping it. But honestly, I just no longer like the overall look, and it’s only partly solid wood the rest is veneer so it just wasn’t worth saving.

I started looking for a new dining table and found a few I liked, but West Elm’s Emmerson table ranked at the top of my list.


Unfortunately, the $1300 price tag (and that doesn’t include tax or shipping!) ranked at the bottom of my list.

After not finding anything I liked in my budget, I decided I had no choice but to make my own dining room table.

I am most definitely not a carpenter or furniture maker. I am still learning some basic wood working skills so I knew I’d do best with a tutorial to follow. I scoured the web and was unable to find a tutorial that exactly copied the Emmerson table, but I did find something similar here at Decor and the Dog.


I love their outdoor table and would love to make one for our back deck once we finally get our backyard nicely done… but that’s still down the road a ways.

For now, I was just hoping to be able to make an indoor version of this table that looked presentable 🙂 .

With some help from my husband and a new miter saw and kreg jig, we managed to make our own version of the Emmerson dining table…






I am really happy with how it turned out and it only cost around $150! I like that this table mixes the weathered rustic look with modern style.

I used all pine wood and stained it with a mixture of Rust-Oleum Weathered Gray and Minwax Provincial similar to what I used for the base of my sideboard.

I made a few changes to the tutorial though…

First, theirs was made from pressure treated wood for outdoor use and since mine was going to be used inside I didn’t use treated wood.

Second, the tutorial table was 96” long and I knew that would take up too much space in my dining room so I shortened mine to 85” which makes it still large enough to seat eight people.

Third, their table used two 6×6’s for each of the legs and I used three 4×4’s instead. I was unable to find 6×6’s that weren’t pressure treated at the local home improvement store and didn’t want to wait to have something ordered online delivered. But I felt like the 4×4’s would likely look better proportionally with my table anyway since my table is smaller than the one in the tutorial. And now that it’s all done I can see it looks good.

And lastly, I added a horizontal beam–made from a 2×4–to the bottom of the table in order to give it a similar look to West Elm’s Emmerson table.

This table involved some hard work, but the tutorial was very easy to follow. Even with an old belt sander it was still a beast to sand. But I am grateful to have made something beautiful for our family to enjoy while saving myself over $1150 in the process. I’m looking forward to eating holiday dinners at this baby 🙂 !

WANT MORE? See my final dining room makeover reveal here!


  1. Avatar Kim

    Love the table! Am building one for my newly wedded niece. How did you attach the 2×4 through the legs?

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Sorry for my slow response! I used wood screws that went through one of the horizontal supports underneath and into the 2×4 leg.

  2. Wow, the table is insanely smooth! How did you get it that smooth? Did you use filler?

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      I used a little wood filler in a couple spots but mostly just sanded everything well.

  3. Avatar ricki

    Are you able to make another for sale? Would love to purchase

  4. Avatar Jamie

    So did you have to use a planer to build this? (:

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      No I didn’t need one.

  5. Avatar Katherine

    By weather gray do you mean weathered oak? I can not find weathered gray stain and it is not on the miniwax website.

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Sorry the Weathered gray is actually made by Rust-Oleum. Thanks for pointing that out. I fixed the post.

  6. Avatar Rama Avinash

    Just beautiful looking dining table. Your table looks amazing than the original west elm one. In love with the finish. So you first applied the weathered grey stain and then the provincial? Did you have to finish it with a poly coat?

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Thanks! Yes, I first did a light coat of the weathered gray. I thinned it with mineral spirits before applying it because it’s actually a pretty thick stain, almost looks like paint. After that had dried, I applied the provincial stain and I finished it off with a coat of satin poly. Hope that helps!

  7. Avatar emily givens

    Steph, this is awesome! And amazing!

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Thanks Emily!

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