Farmhouse style is in! On top of the fact that this style of furniture is gorgeous and adds so much character to a room, I think so many of us love the feel that the farmhouse furniture brings into our home, of the “farmhouse” mentality — gathering the family together, working hard, building things with our own two hands. It's both a lovely call back to simpler times and a lovely home style! When our guest shared this farmhouse table at the Remodelaholics Anonymous party, I jumped at the chance to have her share it here with you:
Farmhouse isn't just for the kitchen table though… You can bring the farm-inspired furniture into every room of your home with DIY plans such as…
our very own farmhouse-inspired computer desk for two (which would also make a great console table!)
a gorgeous farmhouse bedside table, made by Shanty 2 Chic following Ana White's plans,
and even the littlest tenants can sleep in style with a farmhouse doll bed (plans by Ana White).
Or, you can remake an exiting piece of furniture to have some farmhouse style with a rustic look and stencil, like The Shabby Creek Cottage did.
Ah, farmhouse. So lovely, and such a great DIY! You can save hundreds of dollars over a purchased farmhouse table just by making your own. And here's our guest Karin to show you how she did just that.
DIY Farmhouse Table for Under $100
by Karin of Art Is Beauty
Hello Everyone! My name is Karin from ART IS BEAUTY. I am a Mom of 4 amazing yet BUSY BUSY kids and the wife of 20 years to an amazing (in the fact that when I finally beg him to do big projects like this he only pretends to protest because he knows it useless) Man. 🙂
My whole life I have loved painting and anything artistic and projects. I love to see how using my brain and my hands I can change nothing
into something. Some of my favorite projects over the years have been the Fenner Nature Center dresser that we did for an auction to benefit the center. You can see that HERE. And one of my favorite paintings was “all my days.” It's an oil painting “self portrait in tree form”. You can see that HERE.
So that explains a bit about me…Let's get started showing you the Latest project.
I have been dreaming of having a Farm House table forever.
You know to build memories around and for your kids to get all sticky LOL!
But you have seen the prices of those things…WHEW… NO WAY! I knew the hubby and I could build one.
He had built me an outdoor patio farm house table from neighbors old deck wood they were throwing away and I had built one from pallets so we kinda had an idea and would just figure it as we went.
One of the biggest issues we had to deal with was the antique bench that needed to fit between the legs. We knew the legs had to be far enough apart to fit the bench and trying to do the measurements from home just wasn't cutting it (since lumber is never actually 2×4..its about 1 3/4 x 2 3/4, so you can see why trying to calculate before hand was difficult). We just took our measurements to Lowes and laid it out right there on the floor and figured out what pieces we needed from there.
Here was what we came up with at Lowe's for our wood and screws supply list.
So as we laid all the pieces out we figured out how wide our legs had to be apart to fit the bench and could go from there to fit the table around the legs. Here was our supply list…
- 4 2×10
- 2 1x4x6
- 2 1x4x4
- 3 2x3x8
- 2 1x2x8
- 1 1x2x6
- 2 4x4x8 FIR..for the legs
- The total cost of the wood was $77.26 + tax
- 1 box 2 1/2 screws
- 1 box 1 1/4 screws
Then it was time for building.
Once you decide on what size table you want the first thing you need to do is to decide what size the skirt needs to be. Its the rectangular box that you build for the base of your table. We knew we wanted around a 2 inch overhang so we built the box 2 inches smaller than the actually table top. We pre drilled the holes on the ends and used 3 screws for each corner to secure the framing.
Once the skirt is built you will need to put the braces for the supports in which you will screw your top boards to.
we cut all our brace boards the same size seeing as this would also ensure that our table was SQUARE.
Once all the supports were cut we used 2 screws to attach them to the skirt. Make sure your support braces are even and level with what will be your table top. If you put the braces HIGHER than where your top will be your boards won't be sitting on your frame.
Here I am putting the final screws in to support the frame.
Now that the skirt and frame are done we attached the legs. We used Gorilla glue on the bottom of the legs and then we used 3 long screws on each outside corner.
Once the legs were screwed in we then put support braces between the legs. We did this not only to help support the legs but to also be able to screw the end of the table top in closer to the edge.
After that you can see we cut our top boards of our table the size that we wanted. Made sure they were all even and from underneath used the support braces and screwed the braces to the top boards
We decided in the store when we were working out the plan that we knew there would be lots of screws showing and we could putty them or we could add a little more detail and add another smaller decorative skirt around the outside.
We did this by using the 1x2s and framing around the outside and screwing them in from the back, hiding almost all the screws.
Now it was time for the real fun. I used a chain to beat up the top NEW pine boards and give it some character.
Then I pulled out my belt sander and rounded down all the rough and square edges giving it a very worn old look.
See those marks..those are from the chain. Isn't that fun.
Once all the prep work was done it was time to stain and paint. Now normally I do not Pre-Stain my wood, because I am dealing with old wood that has been stained before. But this top was BRAND SPANKIN new PINE and that stuff can get blotchy. It soaks up stain like sand soaks up water in the dessert. So I made sure to wipe on the pre-stain. It only takes about 5 minutes after you put it on before you can start staining.
I stained the top in Provincial and gave it a good couple coats of Poly when that was dry. Being sure to lightly sand between coats and use a tact cloth to wipe it down before apply the next layer of poly.
I painted the legs with 2 different colors CeCe Caldwells paint and then waxed and buffed them and she was ready to come on in the house.
Time: took about 2 days. The biggest time is waiting for the Poly to dry. Luckily the week we built this was perfect weather..not to hot and not too cold.
Cost was under $100.