Oh you guys, I’ve been been hinting about our new dining room table over on Instagram for months…..and have been dying to share it! Last fall, we were talking about buying a new kitchen table but we needed something round to fit our dining room space but everything was SO expensive. Boo. We never even considered making a table……but realized we’d save HUNDREDS of $$$ if we just made what we wanted! Instead of round, we went with an octagon shape that actually fits 8 people comfortably…..and we LOVE it! Anyway, I took lots and lots of pictures to share with you guys how we put our table together…..and today was the day to finally share!!!
I have had one sick little baby who has needed a lot of momma holding the past 2 days. Yeah, that sweet little Oliver of ours has had the flu and wasn’t able to keep anything down, ugggh…..so I’ve actually been enjoying a lot of snuggling with a feverish and flu-ish little person (with a big red bowl nearby at all times). So, the tutorial will have to wait, but I can hardly wait to show you that you can absolutely make your own octagon shaped dining room table!!!
Here’s the assembled table top, before we stained it……and another photo of my husband Steve attaching the finished table top to the base we created! Both were snagged from my Instagram account from last fall.
Anyway, while doing a lot of sitting the past few days (with a sad little Oliver draped across my lap), I was looking around online for some new ideas to keep this little guy out of things. Because Oliver is INTO EVERYTHING! Day in and day out, he explores our home like his own little playground and empties cupboards, digs through drawers, pulls food off of pantry shelves, empties tissue boxes, drags baskets out of place, chews on everything, steals shoes, pulls on cords, dumps out boxes of anything, and on and on. Yep, it’s totally normal and healthy for a growing little 19 month old……so I’ve needed a few more ways to slow this kiddo down!
And while looking, I found some other ideas that I don’t necessarily need, but thought were super clever ideas to childproof the home, that some of you may find useful!
DIY Fabric Stair Gate via DIY Playbook
Cover a Fireplace with Faux Stacked Logs via Pepper Design Blog
Crib Railing Teething Guard via Jane Marie Blog
Power Strip Cover via Amazon
No-Sew Door Muff via Make And Takes
Silicone Cup Toppers via Amazon
Trampoline Pool Noodle Spring Covers via And Next Comes L
Baby Gate for Non-Traditional Stairs via Bombshell Bling
Baby Bath Gate (keeps them away from faucet) via Amazon
Pool Noodle Door Stop via Red Delicious Life
Magnetic Cabinet Locks (no drilling needed) via Amazon
Pajama Hack (to keep them from climbing out) via Giddy Upcycled
Keep Door Open with Rubberband via Good Housekeeping
Mesh Window Guard via Amazon
Condiment Cup Pacifier Holder via One Crazy House
Homemade Grippy Socks (for use on slippery floors) via I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
Clear Stove Knob Covers via Amazon
Surge Protector Case from a Tupperware via Tigers Cub Blog
Cabinet Locks for Knobs via Amazon
Toddler Proof the Toilet Paper via CK and Nate
Clear Silicone Corner Covers via Amazon
Closet Door Lock (using a hanger) via unknown
Cabinet Door Lock…using a Tension Rod via Parent