My DIY Farmhouse Table

It’s done. I did it. I can’t believe I did it. But I did. I built a table. Built it from scratch. Do carpenters say that? Built from scratch? It’s sounds like I baked a cake. I built it from a pile of lumber. Yes, that sounds better. Here is my built from scratch, I mean my DIY farmhouse table.

My DIY Harvest Table | I’ve been wanting to build something ever since my Ryobi Christmas. Yes, I had a Ryobi Christmas. Two years ago. Santa (aka Dan) left a huge bag of Ryobi power tools under the tree. (I must have been pretty good.)
Ryobi Miter Saw
I just had to have a miter saw. Dan of course questioned this desire. The conversation went something like this:
Dan: Why do you need a miter saw?
Me: So I can build something.
Dan: Like what?
Me: I don’t know yet, but I want to build it. Think of all the wonderful things I can build.

(Now keep in mind I’ve never built anything with wood and power tools in my life.)
So for Christmas I got the miter saw, a reciprocating saw, a drill, a circular saw and EVERY piece of safety equipment known to man.
I read every single manual for every tool. Cover to cover. I visited some of my favorite DIY blogs and read up on how to safely use power tools. I spent a lot of time on the Ryobi website, reading and learning. Only after all of that did I muster up the courage to actually take the tools out the boxes and insert the batteries. I wanted to get a feel for them. Find out how they felt in my hands. I wanted to get used to the sound and sight of spinning blades. I had some wood that I had bought at the Restore to practice on. I picked up the circular saw first. And quickly handed it off to Dan and said: “you do it”.
My DIY Farmhouse Table| But I eventually gave it a try and now I am comfortably using my power tools with a healthy respect for them. And yes, that’s a sewing square on the wood in the photo above. It works. ; )
Farmhouse Table DIY | There is an incredibly talented woman by the name of Ana White. All DIY bloggers know about Ana. I have never had the pleasure of meeting her, but I hope to some day. The plans for this narrow farmhouse table are from Ana’s website.
DIY Narrow Farmhouse Table | Is my table perfect? Heck no. I made plenty of mistakes.
DIY table But I learned a lot. For example: I now know how to countersink a screw and that it hurts a lot to miss the nail and hit your thumb with a hammer.
diy-farmhouse-table I wanted my farmhouse table to work as a desk in my office. Once I put the legs together it became apparent that this table/desk was going to be huge and difficult to carry up a flight of stairs so I decided to assemble the rest of it in my office. I wanted this table to look old. Old and worn. I stained it first and let that dry.

farmhouse table DIY Then two coats of MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone followed by sanding and a lot of distressing. I figured the old and worn look would cover my mistakes, too.

Lastly, I used MMS White Wax to finish it off.


 I love how the white wax settles into the grooves and evens out the contrast giving the table a worn and loved feel and appearance.

Farmhouse Table DIY |

DIY farmhouse table |

I wanted a long table to serve as a desk and a workspace. With room for all my stuff.

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A space big enough where I can cut fabric and paper…..

…and room for my favorite crafting tool, of course!
DIY farmhouse table |

And a television so the “Housewives” can keep me company while I’m crafting. ; )

DIY Farmhouse Table |

Overall I gotta say I’m pretty proud of this table. It’s not perfect by any means, but I love it and learned so much. I can’t wait to make something else! It’s time to break out the table saw that I got for my birthday!

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    Susan says

    Jeanie, your table turned out so lovely! You should be proud and thinking about building another for a blog friend. Hmmmm, maybe like me! 😉

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    Barry says

    As someone who does a lot of woodworking and has built several tables, I commend you on this project. Very nicely done, and a nice way to handle the legs without having to get into any complicated joinery. I hope it serves you for years to come.

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    You are brave and inspiring! What a feat and so well done!
    amazingly wonderful……
    YOur design is similar to the one we created (wider though) for our outdoor table…I designed it and he built it….
    Love the stain you did….looks old and wonderful
    I love pieces of furniture that can tell a story….

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    Wow! I love your table! I need one just like that. Do you deliver by any chance? I’ve recently put together a couple of pallet wood signs and I quickly figured out I was in way over my head with this woodworking stuff. lol Congrats on a great job.

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    JudeB says

    A girl after my own heart!

    I too had a mitre saw for Christmas this last year, and I didn’t know what I would make with it either. However, with the addition of a table saw and a router to woodworking arsenal, I’ve made all new ‘rustic’ kitchen cupboards AND worktops from planks of wood. I must admit that when I started out I was a bit scarred, but by the time I’d made a trolley which looked exactly like the other cupboards, but fitted under my sink unit making it really easy to get all all those bits that get hidden in among the pipework, I was as proud as could be of my achievements, and can’t wait to start my next project – a chimney feature to go over the cooker.

    Well done on making your table, again just like you, I have a very similar table on my ‘to do’ list for my craft/sewing room.

    Are you sure we weren’t twins separated at birth? lol.

    Keep up the great work!!

    Judi in the UK

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      Jeanie says

      Hi Judi! Thanks so much for the kind words! Wow, good for you on making that trolley – you should be proud! It is such a good feeling of accomplishment to build something ourselves. I think I’ve found a new addiction and you may be right about the separated at birth, haha! Keep me posted on the chimney and table.

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    Beverley Leonie says

    Got the guts got the glory! Good, good job! And your first build? Impressive! Nice finish – it’s a good looking and super functional table. Ana White is a gift from God. If you don’t already own a Kreg jig, I recommend that you put that on your list to Santa. Pocket-hole technology must have been sent from above. It speeds thing up and makes everything stronger. Big pat on the back to you. You have joined the club of “Can-do” women.

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      Jeanie says

      Thank you Beverley! And I am happy to be included in the “Can-do” club of women! Yes, I have a Kreg jig and just recently learned how to use it, so my next build will definitely have pocket screws! I can’t wait! And yes, you are right about Ana White -such a talented and giving woman!


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