So my husband recently was doing some reading on various DIY blogs and came across an awesome site that gives you plans to build furniture. It’s always handy to have a plan to steer you in the right direction. Ana White’s site does just that. Go check out her site @ www.ana-white.com. And she rates them by beginner projects to obviously more advanced projects.
My husband received some inspiration and marched in one day and told me he was going to build me a farmhouse style table that I had really wanted. Needless to say, I didn’t argue with him and away he went. The pictures below highlight the table as it made it’s way through the bulding process.
Here at Junk in the Trunk Trio, it’s quite fun that we are all great friends. What’s even better is that our husbands are great friends as well. Monique’s husband Adam collaborated with Kevin on the table and helped him each step along the way. It was really a team project filled with many late nights, too many fumes and lots of good laughs. We are so greatful for the relationships within the Trio family.
Kevin first went down to Home Depot to pick up all the lumber necessary. Our Home Depot is great about making cuts for lumber at no charge. Most of the cuts were done with a Skill Saw in the garage. What’s great about this particular plan is the fact that you don’t need a whole workshop to accomplish a great project. We just used our hot & steamy garage.
In the wonderful desert, the heat of summer can really do some damage to a table top. Here is a picture of the table top on the garage floor to make sure the boards were straight. Kevin had to make a few trips back to home depot because boards had dried out and warped in a matter of days.
The frame comes together pretty easily. The toughest part was not having the correct tools. We had tools that worked, but life would have been much easier with a few more tools. Hopefully as he does more projects we will be able to acquire better tools that would make the process a lot easier.
I think that after it was all said and done, we probably used close to 200+ screws. The table is solid as a rock and 100% all natural wood. And might I add quite heavy.
So here is the table all put together before the sanding, stain, and finish.
The picture below shows quite the contrast between the stain and natural wood. We used a Minwax Dark Walnut stain.
The stain was brushed on heavily and then wipped off with a rag to the desired shade.
All of the boards used on the table top were selected based on the grains. The stain really helped to bring out the grain on the end.
Below you can see some of the distressing that was done on the table. Tune back in tomorrow to find out how we went about making each of the marks on the table. It’s quite fun when you are not worried about ruining the table and beating up the wood to make a table look worn.
So the reveal below shows the completed farmhouse style table. It is made to look like the Pottery Barn Bennett table. The finish was an oil based polyurethane with a satin finish and since we have messy children eating we did 6 coats for an extra tough finish.
Here are the two builders below admiring their handywork.
I am so excited for my huge farmhouse table. It will come in perfect for big gatherings and lots of food. It easily sits 12 people and is 8ft long. Hope this inspires you! And a big thanks to my husband who built me this wonderfully beautiful table.
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