Swooning Over Our DIY Farm Table

On my last post, I was all about changing everything in our dining room from the paint color on the walls to the rug and then some. My determination was unstoppable. It was ALL going to change. I saw a lot of work and dollar signs in our future. I was going to start with the color of the walls by painting over the blood, sweat and tears we had put into our stencil project a year ago. Well, miraculously we decided to start with the farm table and what a smart move that turned out to be…

We had this table that Chris originally built from a salvaged piano {just the base of it}. It was great in concept but the tiny little table top didn’t do anything to compliment the space. It’s a narrow room, that is for sure, so we knew something ultra traditional wouldn’t ever flow. Plus, I am addicted to farm tables so that was just going to happen. And white. I wanted a white farm table. And yesterday, my little dream came true. Out with the small brown table top and in with the white, farm table top.

We started at a reclaimed, salvage store looking for pieces that we could use for the new farm table top. Scouring the place, we just couldn’t find anything that would work. The closest thing we found was an old door that may have worked but he was asking $175 for it and frankly, it was just too small. So salvaging {as much as we love it} wasn’t happening. Off to Lowes we went and fortunately, not only did we find the pieces we needed to make the perfect sized table, but we only spent $50 on wood and paint!

 

BEFORE

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Too much brown, too small of a table and way too many patterns in plain sight!

 

 

THE PROCESS

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The old door we were considering using. Overall, just too small but great find although pricey at $175.

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What we decided to go with {three 2x4s…one for the underside not shown and three 2x12x8s}. They are a simple, untreated pine. This in combo with the paint for the white-wash came out to a mere $50!

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Now, I did help but he taught me a lot along the way ;-). He used a jig to drill pocket holes that would join the boards together using  1 & 1/2 inch screws to lock them in place.

 

 

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Next, he sawed down the ends on each side so the table was just 7 feet in length. Eight feet would have been a bit too long. The spare 2×4 was used for 2 under table supports that set into the existing base from the old table. We had to measure and notch the base for the under table supports as well. This would give the table a flush look with the base and help to keep it extra sturdy.

 

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The sanding took probably the most time of all. Considering it is a dining room table, we wanted to to be soft to the touch. We first used a belt sander with 80-grit paper. This was followed by an orbital sander {shown above…me and my sassy pants getting into it!} with 80-grit for the first round and 120-grit for the second round before wiping it down for the white-wash application. I didn’t photograph myself white-washing because my hands were a disgusting mess. But I followed the same process from when I white-washed the armoire. A drippy mess yet again, but fun. I used 2 coats and it resulted in a perfect, light white with the wood tones effortlessly peaking through. Chris gave it one good coat of polyurethane. Once dry, he also gave it another sand by hand so it was even more soft and ready to be dined upon!

We brought her in {oh so heavy} and set her in the base. It was like they were made for each other…

 

AFTER

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Using my late Grandmother’s china just makes the whole ensemble that much more lovely to me.

 

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I found these galvanized milk-jars at Big Lots for $8 a piece!

 

So now all of my plans for this room have completely changed, I seriously can’t even believe it. The added white from the table really brightened the space and created more overall simplicity. Therefore, the stenciling works now without looking overly busy. And to think I was going to paint over it this weekend instead. What a stroke of luck on our side! I also really adore the simple rug underneath. I figured we would need a larger rug but it works and compliments the tones in the room perfectly. The patterns in both the rug and on the wall are not overwhelming anymore. The table is the statement now, as it should be.

This table has got me in all sorts of love with our once non-existent dining room. A chandelier, however, will be a must!

 

{Yours in Design – Meg}

 

 

 

 

Meghan Kathleen

I'm a creative junkie, DIY-er, sanctuary-seeking, wine-drinking, yoga believer with an itch to write a little bit. Newlywed, hopeful mom-to-be and devoted believer in Universal Energy. Peace and good vibes, please and thanks!

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