DIY Farmhouse Table…Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table

Come check out how we created a Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table for FREE #farmhousetable #diy

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 for FREE - 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. #farmhousetable


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! 🙂

Fall Home Tour

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.


Suburban Split- Lehman Lane

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

How to refinish a table - farmhouse table - restoration hardware hack

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

how to refinish a table - farmhouse table - restoration hardware hack

how to refinish a table - farmhouse table, restoration hardware hack

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!

Splendor of Autumn Home Tour with Balsam Hill - dining room autumn abundance wreath and garland farmhouse table

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!!!

Come check out how we created a Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table for FREE

Come check out how we created a Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table for FREE

Come check out how we created a Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table for FREE

Come check out how we created a Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table for FREE

Come check out how we created a Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table for FREE

Thanks so much for stopping by to see how we made our DIY Farmhouse Table!



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51 thoughts on “DIY Farmhouse Table…Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table

  1. Hi,

    Love your blog. I am about to refinish our farmhouse table that we bought second hand and wanted your advice on the finish. Right now it has a thick coat of polyurethane that is shiny and doesn’t look very farmhouse. I want to keep it as natural as possible looking. Did you explore using an oil as a wood protector? From your photos it seems that the satin finish looks natural. Are you happy with it? Any advice is appreciated.

    1. Hi Juliette, Thanks for checking out my blog and our refinished farmhouse table! We are very happy with our finish! We only put on one coat of polyurethane and in retrospect with kids coloring and spilled meals 2 or 3 coats would have done a better job to protect the table. We will probably need to give it a quick sanding and put 2-3 coats on at some point. We’ve mostly stuck with water based finishes for the convenience of them…quick dry time, low smells, etc. The table still looks very natural with 1 coat. Once we put 2-3 coats on we will probably go get the same finish in a matte…we had the satin lying around from using it on our floor. My husband has played with different types of finishes (tung oil, watco oil). He even mail ordered some samples of woca oil which is a very natural matte oil. He keeps coming back to the convenience and availability of the water based finishes. Here is a great article on the various finishes… Hope this helps!

      1. I live in Fairmount section of Philly. I have a 6 ft farm table that I am considering either refinishing or slathering with mineral oil. My biggest issue is putting anything toxic on the surface of a table my kids will be eating from. Did you consider this issue at all when you decided to put the Rust-Oleum poly on it or are your kids grown so it’s not as much of an issue. Thanks for your time.

        1. Hi David! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! So fun to know you are from Philly! Our kids are older so we weren’t too worried about them eating the table or eating from the table:). Here’s a great guide to finishes ( The downside of some of the finishes that are considered more food safe will be that they are not as durable and will need more frequent maintenance.

  2. We have this exact table and the finish is looking worn. I can’t keep it looking great as I think it has a varnish finish. We have considered sanding it down and refinishing it so we could seal with poly and avoid the hazy varnish look we have going on. How hard was it to sand all of the finish off? What type of sander did you guys use?

    1. Hi Amanda,
      We mostly use a random orbit sander for any sanding projects…an older version of this one:
      DEWALT D26451 3-Amp 5-Inch Random-Orbit Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

      We tried using our belt sander but it got gummed up with the varnish pretty quickly. We just changed out our orbital sanding pads pretty often…coarse pads to start and then a final pass with a finer grit. It took about 30-60 minutes to do the whole table.

      The table turned out great so I would say it’s definitely worth the time and effort!

      1. Beautiful! I have the same table and LOVE it!!! Its starting to get a little gunky ontop from kids. Question: How long did it take hm to san the table completely? THANK YOU!!!!
        Found the answer above… 30-60 min.
        Your husnband did an amazing job!

        1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see how we refinished our farmhouse table Kelly! Good luck if you decide to refinish yours:). Have a great week and take care, Tara

          1. Tara,
            You inspired us to do the same to our Broyhill heirloom table. Unfortunately, we are not having an easy time of it. We are using a Dewalt orbital sander with 60 grit sanding disk and it is barely changing the surface of out table. I would be so appreciative of any advice you could give us! Thank you!

          2. Hi Beth, it’s sounds like you guys are doing the right things! I checked with my husband and he said he might have used a 40 grit sanding disk as well as a 60 and he also said that he used a belt sander for a little bit but the orbital sander was easier to work with, but slower. It definitely took him at least an hour to sand down the table. Hope this helps and good luck with your table! Please, Let me know how it goes!!!

          3. Thank you Tara! We persevered and have sanded the table and the legs! Our local home improvement store recommended an inexpensive product called “Awesome” that helped by removing the gummy tar-like varnish and made progress much easier. Only the apron to go now. Thank you again for the inspiration, and the detailed instructions!

  3. I love your table! Your pictures are beautiful! What a lovely space you’ve created! So happy if you would share this this week at my Making Broken Beautiful Party. It begins on Thursday. Hope you have a great week!

  4. This is great! My husband just built us a table with a walnut top. However, the boards shrank and now there are cracks between the boards. What do you do about yours? How do you keep them clean? We have 6 kids so it is quite a challenge and we have only had the table a few weeks. He was going to try to fill the gaps with epoxy, but we are not sure it will work.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Lindsay! I vacuum my table’s cracks, it’s not pretty but it works:). Your epoxy idea might work too. Being one of 6 and having 4 of my own I think we are doomed to clean up our tables after every meal regardless:). Take care, Tara

  5. What a beautiful dining room and the perfect table for gathering! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks for sharing Tara!

  6. What a gorgeous makeover! I love that natural look of the table.What a great idea to just trip the stain of the table. I love how it works now with the dark walls and with the white chairs. Beautifully done!

  7. What an amazing transformation and such a big project to tackle a week before Thanksgiving. I love that you could do this with almost any table base. Brilliant. Also, love Restoration Hardware. Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Circle.

  8. Your table is beautiful! I have been contemplating this project myself on a pine table with a terrible orangey brown stain on it and I want to take it to a walnut brown stain and I will paint the skirt and legs with chalk paint. I have been trying to figure out if I also need to sand the bottom of the table top. Did your husband sand yours?

    1. Thank you so much for visiting Jeri! We did not sand the bottom of our table top because it is hidden by the sides and it was never stained to begin with:). Best of luck with your table! A dark brown stain and chalk paint legs and skirt sound really pretty:). Take care, Tara

  9. Thank you for sharing. We too have a Broyhill Attic Heirloom table in the same finish but a different style. The top got all sticky and we are in the process of refinishing it. I love how yours turned out. I hope ours turns out just as nice.

    1. The top of our Broyhill table got all sticky too Julie! That is part of the reason we decided to sand it down. Thank you so much for stopping by and best of luck with refinishing your table! Take care, Tara

  10. Hi I’m so happy that I found this! We too have the same sticky dining room set. We can’t wait to sand the table as you did, and hope it will look as awesome! We also have the hutch that I saw in your photos, did you sand it down as well? I couldn’t do without the storage, sanding the hutch seems like a big project.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks so much for checking out our farmhouse table Laura!!! How fun that you have the same set. Best wishes for your table makeover!!! We have not sanded the hutch as of yet but hope to in the future. It’s such a pretty piece and provides great storage, as you know :). When we decide to make it over I will be sure to share it on the blog. Please keep me posted with the makeover of your dining set. I would love to hear how it goes. Take care, Tara

  11. What an excellent post-thank you so much! This is exactly what i was looking for and you did a fabulous job-looks very professional.

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