Monday, April 16, 2012

DIY: Farmhouse Kitchen Table

We've been busy making tons of little house changes over the last year (eek!?) so it's about time for some updates. We'll start with our new table for 8! It's grand and we built it. Yes, that's right we built it ourselves!

We were looking for something that sat more than 4, was stylist, durable and didn't break the bank.  Although I love the look of farmhouse tables, I wasn't willing to pay $2,500 for one from  Restoration Hardware. So I had a brilliant idea to save us some beans and build a farmhouse kitchen table. I found plans on and nearly a year ago around this time our new kitchen table was in the works. 

A few weekends later we had a table. Before any sanding could be done all the cracks, holes, etc were filled in with Durham's wood filler. Then the never ending sanding began. After hours upon hours of sanding it looked something like this....
all sanded and  ready for stain
After the sanding we wiped down the table with a tact cloth to prep for stain, tested three different colors and decided on Gunstock.
stain color - gunstock

Two coats and a few hours later it looked something like this. Don't mind the empty lot for sale across the street. We let the stain dry for 24 hours before sealing with 2 coats of tough oil for a nice smooth finish.

finished looked
Before moving in our gorgeous new table in we had to move out the old. Just in case you don't  recall what it looked like, here you go...
The old table barely even filled the space, but the new table fits just right... TA-DA

Here's another angle & close up for you.  You may have noticed new chair's (Ikea) a new ceiling fan (Lowes) and new a rug, but you'll just have to wait to hear about those additions.
Another After

Hope I've inspired some of you to build something.

xo- tiara

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  1. Oh wow your table is gorgeous, you did an excellent job on it! Thanks for linking up to Party Time at So Very Creative!

  2. @Heather -- You are too sweet. Thank you for hosting the link up.

  3. Just wanted to let you know I featured your table today!