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Let Me Introduce You to Our New Farm Table

January 17, 2012

So I have always dreamed of having a farm table and would occasionally look online for the perfect dining table even craigslist. I also found this awesome tutorial from Ana White. But it seemed like too much work and we didn’t really have that much room to build one.

So last week I looked on Craigslist and the first post that I found was a woman who was selling a farm table that she made. It was perfectly priced and just the table we wanted! She and her husband made a similar table to the one from Restoration Hardware for $2,245.

I immediately emailed her and learned that she and her husband were building tables to raise money for their adoption in Congo. I really loved the table and it was a nice touch to it knowing where our money was going towards. We made plans to pick it up with my dad’s car. Really…my dad is amazing for helping us with getting the table. Thanks, dad!

We didn’t waste time once we got it into the house. The table was already sanded so all we had to do was stain it. But I kind of didn’t want to stain it. Tyler on the other hand wanted to. He convinced me to stain it…. more specifically the color, dark walnut.

I was nervous since I didn’t want it to be too dark. You know how it is…the longer you leave the stain on without wiping it, the darker the wood will get. We decided to start staining the bottom of the table so we had some room for error. I didn’t wait too long before wiping it off and it turns out it was too light and I didn’t like it. So we left the stain on for about 20 minutes or so.

Don’t let this picture convince you that Tyler did all of the staining. I did pretty much 85% of the work. I know his little game of being slow and watching football at the same time on TV. He knows I’m fast and focused so I ended up doing most of it.

Yikes! Look at how dark it looks with the stain on for a long time.

Wiping off the stain was Tyler’s job. :) The next morning we put fast-drying polyurethane (semi gloss) on the table. We did about 3 coats and that was it!

Now look at this beauty! Notice something else too?

The new rectangle hanging capiz that I got for Christmas!

Here’s what it looks like with the light off.

I just looove it! After my dad and Tyler got the pendant up, we realized that it was too high so they’re going to fix it later this week and add more rods that came with the package so it’ll be lower.

Seriously this is the best multi-purpose table! For eating, holding cards while playing card games, beer pong and ping pong! Want to come over now?

This is what it looked like before. That table has been moved to the formal dining room for a little hang out spot next to the foosball table.

And this is what it looks like now! The table was $265 and we only spent $35 on supplies (stain, brushes & tarp cover). Total cost of the project: $300!!

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  • Reply Karen January 17, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I absolutely love that table: not too dark, not too light. It looks great in the space as well.

  • Reply erin January 17, 2012 at 5:03 am

    love love love it! i love farm tables! and the stain is exactly what I would’ve picked! we actually built our own wine cabinet from scratch (that was an interesting thing to go through, but the end result, we love it!)

  • Reply Carly January 17, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Ahh that looks great!!

  • Reply Justine January 17, 2012 at 7:03 am

    It looks AMAZING. I love farm tables, and I think the stain is perfect. Well done!

  • Reply Samantha January 17, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I love the table & the rectangle hanging capiz. Gorgeous!

  • Reply Krysten January 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

    LOVE it! And that chandelier… totally gorgeous.

  • Reply Angela Noelle January 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

    That table and light combo is absolutely stunning. I think you made a great decision on the stain color. And what an insane deal!!!

  • Reply San January 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

    OMG, I LOVE it. I wish we had space for a table like that! :)

  • Reply E January 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

    That table is gorgeous. Nice work on the staining! I love how the grain really comes through. And that pendant is a beauty!

  • Reply Tanya January 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love what you’ve done with the space. The table looks gorgeous, you guys did a great job.

  • Reply Kelcey January 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Steph!! Omg it looks AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGG. WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY. Way to do it serious justice. I love the whole kitchen project it looks fabulous. Thanks for being so generous. It was so nice to meet you. We’ll have to have an outlet shopping spree inbetween our house projects!!!!

  • Reply Angie Vik January 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Your table turned out really nice. I think the rectangle table looks better in that space. I enjoy reading about your projects. It inspires me to maybe try something.

  • Reply mandy January 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I LOVE this table and you did an amazing job staining it. It looks so perfect there. Also, can you please come to my duplex and help me decorate?

  • Reply Jamie January 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    What a great table. It looks fantastic!

  • Reply Shawna January 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    What a gorgeous table! And I love love love the chandelier! Looks amazing! :)

  • Reply jimaie.marie January 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Ohh my GOODNESS!! I couldn’t love this table any more if I tried! It looks AMAZING in your dining room, I love it! Man… you have me wanting to convince my husband to sand our light wood table so I can stain it darker! LOVE LOVE LOVE.
    And want.
    Good job you two!

  • Reply katelin January 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    wow, that table looks amazing. and seriously the whole room, LOVE the lightning fixture. seriously i want to hire you to decorate my future house, haha.

  • Reply Alissa January 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    ..oh my goodness, Love love love it!! You both did a lovely job on it! Looks like I would want one some day too! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply Alyssa January 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I loooooooove your table!!!!! Gimme :)

  • Reply Hope January 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    What a gorgeous table!

  • Reply Sandra February 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful job!  It’s looks just perfect there.

  • Reply Lisa July 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Is that the West Elm capiz chandelier? I am looking for a rectangular one large enough for our table. Looks great!!

  • Reply Andrea Worley June 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

    love this table, do you have a contact for who you bought it from? i’d love to see if they are still selling them.

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