I love decorating. You get to come up with solutions for people (and yourself) to make the best use of your space. A kitchen table is so important to me because my daughter and I like to sit down and eat meals together. My kitchen is long and narrow. So I needed a table that was narrow enough it wouldn’t take up much room, but would still be big enough to eat at.
My grandma told me I could have this ⇑ table years ago, but I never took her up on it. She still had it down in her basement and wasn’t using it. When I was over there visiting, I asked her if she still had it- went down to take some quick measurements, and VOILA! It was the perfect size I needed for my little kitchen.
My uncle helped me by taking the legs off for me and his grand baby helping him out.
I took my table top home and I really don’t know where to begin. I knew I needed a hinge to attach to the wall, but how am I going to do this?! I need help. So, I walk into the hardware store with just the table top board in my hands and ask the men working there if they can tell me what I need to build a fold down table. I explained what I wanted and they offered a couple solutions. I got this drawing (although I didn’t do it exactly like this drawing) and all the supplies I needed.
The first step was attaching the piano hinge to the bottom of the table top. My grandparents helped me because I seemed to have lost my screw gun. Make sure before you put all the screws in that it is placed correctly!
Find your studs and screw the 1×4 into the studs.
Line up the table with the 1×4. I had the 1×4 cut to the same length as my table.
Before you put all the screws in, make sure you’re happy with how it’s lined up with your wood.
My papa cut both sides of the wood at a 45 degree angle
We lifted up the table and leveled it. Once it was level, we marked the underside of the table for the 1×4
Then you slide the wood under the table resting it onto the 1×4! It’s that easy.
(This was before I redid the table, but the only picture I could find that showed how I did this from this view)
I love how much space this table saves me! Now to redo those chairs…
To see how to make this table click here.
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