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I needed to figure out how to build a farmhouse table that would work for my family room. Not only did I figure out a way to build a custom farmhouse table, I built it with just seven boards! Yes 7! I used seven 5/4 Select Pine boards from the Home Depot. Those thick boards caught my eye and I knew they would be perfect to build a farmhouse table. And bonus: 7 boards would fit in my coupe!
The need for a custom farmhouse table came about when we decided to use our family room as a family room. Not as a living room. Our kitchen is small – not really an eat-in kitchen. Especially not since I added the desk-to-island island. And we were treating our family room as a living room with no designated dining area – just a high-top table with two stools in one corner of the room. Which was fine for just Dan and me. But no bueno when family and friends came over.
Back when we were in the planning stage of removing the carpeting and installing the wood laminate flooring in the family room, I told Dan that I wanted to use part of the room as it was originally intended – with a dining table under the fan/light. (That fan/light needs to go by the way)
And since this room is multi-functional, we didn’t want the farmhouse table to be so big that it looked like it was overpowering the room. but we also wanted it large enough to seat everyone for Thanksgiving dinner!
This meant we needed a custom-made farmhouse table. Good thing I’m a DIYer with power tools ; )
How to Build a Custom Farmhouse Table
I wanted to build a farmhouse table that was long enough to accommodate 10 chairs, but not be too wide. A little more narrow than a standard size table.
And it had to have thick, chunky legs. These 4″ Wide Portsmouth Dining Table Legs are perfect!
That’s what’s so awesome about building your own furniture. It’s custom! You build to your specifications – not some industry standard!
I could envision what I wanted my farmhouse table to look like. In addition to chunky, turned legs, it had to have a wide-planked top.
And the finish. It had to be just right. There are lots of white, distressed farmhouse tables out there. I love that look but I wanted my farmhouse table to be a little different. But what?
I was leaning towards a dark table top. Distressed and dark. With a great color showing through the distressed areas. I wanted this table to look like it had been stored in a barn for decades. And then someone pulled it out and cleaned it up a little.
What do you think? Did I achieve that look? I think I did.
The plans and step-by-step directions for building this farmhouse table are available at Buildsomething.com. BuildSomething.com is Kreg’s new DIY project plan site.
As I was building the table, I just kept thinking about the finish. What color? Paint? Stain? Both?
I really took my time with this. I lived with the table for a while as you see it above: nothing on the base or legs.
I had applied a couple of coats of Americana Decor Color Stain in Golden Honey to the top.
I loved this look. But would I tire of it? Was I drawn to the pumpkin color only because it’s Fall? How would I like that color in the Spring or Summer???
These were all questions that I kept asking myself over and over. After all it’s a big piece of furniture! I kept going back to my original thought of a dark, distressed table top. And white(ish) legs.
In the end I went with a dark milk paint (I used Miss Mustard Seek Milk Paint in Typewriter) over several layers of that wonderful pumpkin color of American Decor Color Stain in Golden Honey. The top was finished with a dark wax.
As for those wonderful, chunky legs. I painted them with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in French Vanilla. I used a clear wax to seal.
Now I can’t wait for Thanksgiving! I’ll have room for the entire family!
One more photo of that table top!