Today I am sharing how to refinish a table, create a diy farmhouse table completely for free, and convert it to a restoration hardware inspired farmhouse table. 🙂
DIY Farmhouse Table
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I can not believe how much our dining table looks like a farmhouse table now! Below is a picture of our dining room table last week. Yes that’s right we are refinishing our dining table 1 week before we are serving 16 for Thanksgiving. Last year we painted our dining room the week before Thanksgiving…see that here. I know we’re crazy…that’s just how we roll! 🙂
Jason and I bought our dining table soon after we moved into The Town Traditional. I had always wanted a large farm/ harvest table that would fit a lot of people and take a beating. I found this oak Broyhill Attic Heirlooms dining table and fell in love with it. It fit perfectly in our old dining room and was delivered in 3 days or less:)… just time for our big family Christmas dinner of 20 people:). Then we moved to the Suburban Split and our new dining table was way too big for our new dining room. The rooms was not big enough to keep the leaves in it anymore 🙁 but we knew we wouldn’t be there forever and we loved our table so we kept it.
Then we moved to Lehman Lane and our dining room is long and narrow…only 9′ wide not counting the bump outs for the columns. The table fit great lengthwise but was way too wide for our new dining room. I also had come to LOVE the dining room tables at Restoration Hardware. Jason convinced me he could make our table look as good as those and it’s not exactly like we have the budget for one of those dining tables so here we go again!!!
Here’s What we Did…
Jason first took our table apart and took off about 3 1/2 inches on each side for a total of 7 inches off the width of the table. I know it doesn’t seem like much but it makes a big difference. That’s 3 1/2 inches of Thanksgiving dinner girth that can now squeeze behind someone seated at the table :). We decided to narrow it just enough that Jason wouldn’t have to move a lot of the supporting wood on the bottom of the table (legs, side boards, etc) around…essentially we were just cutting off the overhang of the table on the width side from 4 1/2 inches to 1 inch. He similarly cut the leaves down as well. This is the table saw we have, Ryobi 10 in. Table Saw with Wheeled Stand RTS31
The table had that darker oak finish that had started to wear off over the years. As I mentioned I’ve come to love the lighter, more natural, time worn look of the line of tables that Restoration Hardware sells. So Jason sanded everything down to the bare wood, getting rid of that dark finish, but still keeping the imperfections that came with the table (and that our kids made along the way ;)). It came out perfect. Here is a link to the sander we used,DEWALT D26451K Corded 3 Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
Lastly I sealed it with Rust – Oleum’s Satin polyurethane finish. Although we loved the look of our table without any finish, with four kids and lots of wine, juice and water not to mention food spills and art projects mishaps over the years we knew we needed to protect Jason’s hard work. So we went with a clear finish that didn’t have much shine too it and kept that natural light wood look.
Here is our new DIY Farmhouse Table decorated for Thanksgiving!
Another thing that was way too big for our new dining room were our Windsor chairs. You can only fit so many of those large chairs around the table and we needed to fit as many as possible for large dinner parties. So we sold the oak Windsor chairs. We wanted chairs that would have a smaller profile and would fit under the table well. I also wanted to go with a lighter chair color to continue to brighten up the room. I picked up 4 smaller white chairs from IKEA. I still need to go back for 2 more but we got them for $29 each just because they were display models. An employee was literally marking them down when we got to the dining section! I stood guard while Jason got a dolly. SCORE!!!
So with the extra savings I was able to talk Jason into letting me get a long mirror for the room I had been eyeing for months. Well, truth be told I am not sure I talked him into it… He kinda shook his head as we put it on the dolly while I was reminding him of all the money we just saved. 🙂
We love the look of the diy farmhouse table in the room. It makes the room feel bigger and the natural oak color lightens up the room too. It really looks like a table from Restoration Hardware. An old farm / harvest table!!! We added a bench Jason made to go with the white chairs and add more seating. I love our diy farmhouse table and it was free with just a little elbow grease!!! Here are some more pictures of our diy farmhouse table taken with my new camera over a year later:). And the best part is that it cost us nothing to refinish the table we already owned!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see how we made our DIY Farmhouse Table!
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