Wow it has been a LONG time since I have been on here and that is because once we found out that Justin’s leg was not healing as fast as it should have our home projects stopped. Then he had a second surgey and healed quickly enough for us to kick it in high gear and complete as many projects as we could before he went back to work. That left little time to sit on the couch let alone write a post haha. Also with my little break from blogging I have decided you will also start to see some lifestyle posts as well as baking/recipes! As you all know I was diagnosed with Celiacs last year so I would love to share with all of you my learnings and how I eat my favorite foods and treats with a slight modifications. 🙂 I will get more into that in another post because this post is about our GORGEOUS farmhouse style table!! I have wanted a table like this for years! Since we decided against having a dining room I was SOO happy when we decided to finally build a custom table to fit in our kitchen!! So to backtrack a little, you heard me right we do not have a dining room and here is why, growing up my household (and others) a dining room was used once maybe twice a year. It was set as a formal dining space and the kitchen was used most because it was practical. Luckily Justin and I both agreed we would rather use the space instead of having a formal space we just looked at. It is now our wine bar room and the fact is our “dining room” is not an ideal size and the space we have in our kitchen would fit a good size table anyway. There are other reasons but maybe that is for another post as well. 🙂
So here it is, the most perfect farmhouse table! It is perfect because Justin built it, we were able to customize the size and we did it together 🙂
We used this Ana White plan. The plan is to build an 8ft table but we modified the plan to a 6ft table. The plan is so detailed and walks you through everything! All we did was cut the length pieces 2ft shorter and everything else stayed the same.
We bought the wood from our local lumber store for about $100. Justin cut the wood one day and the next put the whole table together with the help of a friend and a super cute baby! (an extra set of hands is always helpful). Needless to say I came home to a beautifully built table that day!
Now I will let you in on a little secret, we made one mistake. We filled the nail holes on the table top with stainable wood filler. OOPS! Since we stained the table a light color you can see the fillers and looking back we should have just left the raw look of the screws but now we know if we ever build another table 🙂
Even before we started building the table I researched A LOT about the stain color, it HAD to be perfect or in my mind I would have ruined the table. After talking to friends on Instagram and experimenting with stains I decided to use Liz’s from Love Grows Wild combination which was 1 part dark walnut and 6 parts weathered oak (both are Minwax stains). For me the stain was soo nerve-racking, Justin did his part in building the perfect table so it was up to me to pick the perfect stain color.
After the table was complete we put one coat of Mixwax pre-stain on and let that dry. Then we used two coats of our premixed stain wiping off the excess and leaving two hours in-between each coat. At this point I was thrilled because the color was actually the color I had in my head all this time and that usually never happens. We let the stain set for a day and the next we applied two coats of MATTE polyurethane. For this style table you will absolutely want a matte poly and not a high gloss. Our table is protected but still has the look of raw wood which I love.
The next topic of conversation in our house was chairs, the only challenging part of building your own table is trying to find the perfect chairs. I was unsure if I wanted to go with color painted chairs or try to match the stain color. I have always loved the x-back restoration hardware chairs so there was no doubt I wanted to go with that style but their are SOO many look a likes on the market. I wasn’t sure which ones would match our table. We went to our local Restoration Hardware outlet in hopes they would have chairs available but the sales associate told us they haven’t had chairs in awhile they were only getting bar stools, bummer. So to the internet I went, I looked at Target (always my first stop), World Market, Ballard, Wayfair and Joss & Main. I finally decided to take the plunge and order 6 chairs from Joss & Main. When they arrived I stared at the box for a minute before opening because they were either going to be perfect or haunt me for years to come. UGH some people may think its crazy but when you make a significant purchase like that the last thing you want to deal with is not liking them and having to return. Luckily that was not the case at all, the color of the chairs could not be more perfect! They have a slight sheen finish but with hands constantly touching them I am glad they will be more protected.
So that is it! I hope you love the look of our table as much as I do 🙂 I will be posting a lot of home decor post in the coming weeks to show you what we have been up to. Soon I will have a whole new room to share 🙂
Alli & Susie