Dining Room Table repurposed

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Project by Chauffeur posted 03-23-2013 02:46 PM 5098 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my neighbors asked me to re-purpose an old dining room table that had been in her family for over 65 years. She wanted to restore and convert the Queen Anne table halves into desks and attach them to a wall.

I felt that just attaching half of a table to a wall would look amiss, so I designed/built a wall mounted shelve unit to attach the first table half to. The shelve is attached to the wall via a french cleat; the table portion can be installed/removed in about 60 seconds with some hidden hardware. Solid, feels like a kitchen countertop.

The second half was attached to two side cabinets that were bolted to the wall in a window alcove. Desk is easily removable to swing open the plantation shutters when required. Again, solid; it don’t move. I really struggled with how to make this look right though. The table being several inches taller than the window sill was the source of the frustration. I think it turned out ok.

The table itself is most likely poplar. It had been refinished many years ago with one of those one coat processes that took forever for me to remove. First time I’ve ever stripped furniture. Learned a bunch.

I chose to use solid cherry for the shelving unit and the side cabinets.

Results? Happy neighbor !!!

-- Dave, Texas

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 04:04 PM

this is BRILLIANT .. and beautiful.
What a treasure you have saved, restored, and created.

I especially love the french cleats installation idea.
You should post this over on HomeRefurbers as well.. .

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 04:12 PM

Talk about visual impact. Those pieces definitely have that “what the…?” appeal. I love to see imaginative repurposing.

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 09:08 PM

The first one makes you wonder what happened, love it, great design and rework.

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#4 posted 03-23-2013 11:51 PM

Great idea.

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 02:13 PM

Great idea and great re purpose on that very classy and elegant piece of furniture. Very lucky neighbor!

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 04:01 AM


You faced some real challenges . . . and won! Nice work.


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