I am so excited to now offer DIY kits in my online shop! I am a firm believe in doing things yourself, which is how I got started selling miniatures in the first place. On my very first dollhouse, I wasn't willing to pay for the hefty price tags of the furniture and decor I wanted so I just made it myself. As people started asking to buy the items they were seeing in my dollhouses, I decided to start selling. Making miniatures can be extremely time consuming so I finally understood the large price tags. It's been my goal since first starting Mini Adventures Co. to get adults and kids alike to see that they can do it themselves when it comes to dollhouses. With a DIY kit, you get to save money while making something exactly how you want for your dollhouse. Click here to view the DIY Kits collection.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Assembly Time: 5 minutes
- DIY Kit (purchase here)
- Craft (or wood) glue
- Super glue
- Paint or stain
The first kit I'm offering is this beautiful trestle table that is super easy to assemble. To purchase your own kit, please click here. With your purchase, you will receive a table top, 2 bases, and 1 brace just like you see in the photo. If you would like to purchase an assembled trestle table that is already finished, please click here.
The only materials you need to provide are craft (or wood) glue, super glue, sandpaper (optional), and whatever paint or stain you want to use to finish your table. Let's start assembling.
Note on Burn Marks: Because a laser cutter was used to make some of the pieces, the edges have visible burning. If you plan to paint, you can just paint over that (it will take several thin coats of paint). If you plan to stain the table or leave it unfinished, you might want to use sandpaper (I recommend 120-grit) to gently sand off the burned edges. For this tutorial., I did not sand the burned edges.
Note on Finish: If you plan to stain your table, I recommend staining all the pieces before assembly because stain does not work on glue. If you plan to paint your table, I recommend doing so after the table is assembled because the layers of paint might make it where your brace does not fit through the holes of the bases. For the engraved marks on the table top to remain visible, use a chalk spray paint like Rustoleum's Chalked line of spray paints.
First, insert the brace through the hole in the 2 bases, making sure the tops of the bases line up. Before shipping each kit, I test to make sure the brace will fit through the holes because it is a tight fit to help hold the table together. When inserting the brace, push gently but firmly until about a quarter inch or so is protruding.
Although the brace should fit snugly in the holes, I still like to secure it with just a dab of super glue. Turn the base of the table upside down, and apply a very thin line of super glue (craft glue will work just fine but will be more noticeable) to the joints. (Note: If painting, the glue will easily be covered; if staining, the glue will not absorb stain, which is why I recommend staining pieces prior to assembly.)
The table top has lines etched into the surface so the top appears to be planked, but it is one solid piece of wood. I like to round the edges, but this step is totally optional. Use sandpaper (120-grit is what I use) to slightly round the edges and corners.
You can see the rounded edges here. I think this helps the table look more realistic and handmade. Now, it's time to connect the top to the base. Turn the table top upside down on a flat surface.
Before applying glue.. position the base on the top to get a feel for where it will go. There should be about a quarter inch of space between the edge of the base and the edge of the top.
Apply a thin line of craft glue to the tops of the bases. Turn the base over and position it correctly on the top. Once it's in the position you'd like, gently apply pressure and use a Q-tip (or your finger) to wipe away any excess glue that seeps out.
Turn the table right side up and carefully place a heavy book on top (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is my go to). Allow the glue to dry for at least 30 minutes before removing the book.
Voila! A completed trestle table. You can finish it however you choose. If you plan to paint the table and still want to see the engraved planks on the top, I recommend using a chalk spray paint such as Rustoleum's Chalked line. The key to spray painting is applying several thin layers of paint and allowing it to dry completely between layers. If you wanted to get really technical, use 220-grit sandpaper to lightly sand between layers, and you'll get an incredibly smooth finish.
Here is the table with a weathered wood finish without sanding the burned edges. To shop for chairs and other table accessories like placemats and plates, you can view my dining room collection here.
Here is the table with a white spray paint finish. I would love to see your completed tables. Tag me on Instagram @mini.adventures.co so I can share your table in my stories.