Saturday, February 9, 2013

Farmhouse Table Pt 3 Done!

I heart my Heart Pine Table

Remember where I started?
I found this headboard with a footboard and thought we could make the legs for the table from the bedposts.

If you've been following along with the making of my farmhouse table you'll finally see the end product!
If you missed any of my posts you can find Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE
So after attaching the legs to the apron we reinforced everything with cross members and gussets.

 This table is getting pretty heavy at this point. But wait til you see what we are using for the top!

 This is 200+ year old Heart Pine that had been reclaimed from 2 foot by 16 foot beams from an old barn. Old Heart Pine is just something you can't get anymore unless it's reclaimed. Sadly they just don't let the trees grow that old before chopping them down. It can only be gotten from the very center of the tree that has grown for at least 100 years to get that grain pattern. So my husband and I feel very blessed to have obtained this wood for our 'forever table'. Just look at that beautiful grain.

I took this picture from the reclaimed wood mill where we got the boards. You can see the white paint from where the beams were painted. We had to look through many boards to choose ones we felt would be good for our table then they planed them for us. Yes there are some knot holes, yes there are worm holes and old nail holes, but that's exactly what we wanted!

 Here are the boards laying on the frame. My husband cut them down to 8 feet by 10 1/2 inches and routed the edges all around . The table ends up being 8 feet long x 42 inches wide  x 30 inches high perfect to seat 10 people!

You can see in this pic that the boards are not attached yet, just laid on so I could show you.

Just look at those curvy legs! No one would ever guess they used to be part of an old antique bed. I painted the apron with MissMustardSeeds Milk Paint but I decided against painting the legs white for now and just painted the apron. I stained the legs and kind of liked the way they turned out, like they had  been around for years, which they actually have been, at least 75 years..

I plan on using Minwax Antique Oil Finish over the stain to finish the top , Once that is on it will really bring out the beauty of the wood even more. I don't want a shiny poly finish instead I want a low luster antique look to it. The top is not attached yet (that's why the boards don't look totally level), hubs can't do it until Monday.

This table now weighs a ton I can't even lift one end using all my strength lol. We're going to have four chairs on one long side, one on each end and a bench on the other long side.

This is what the table looks like after I stained it with Early American Minwax Stain. we routed the center edges of the boards too so as not to have the appearance of a completely flat top with one board running into the next if you know what I'm trying to say. I have more chairs just haven't brought them in from the shed yet.  I love how it turned out!

I plan on making a runner for the center and some chair pads. I think I might use this small runner til I get that made.

From this......

To This.......

UPDATE A Bench for the Farmhouse Table click HERE

 Not bad eh?
Have a great weekend!


  1. Great job, this is one beautifl table ....
    thank you for sharing

  2. Oh wow!! What an awesome table! Love how it turned out!!!

  3. Wow! It is gorgeous! I love farmhouse tables. May aunt has the one my grandpa built when she and my mom were young girls...:) It is so awesome to sit around it and reminisce about fun times and yummy meals spent around it with loved ones! Enjoy making memories around yours...:)

    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  4. What a fabulous table! Y'all did an amazing job. Those planks are beautiful and I love the legs the way they are. I bet you can't wait to set the table and have a crowd around it.

    Very nice!

  5. I'm so impressed with how you have fashioned a table that looks vintage from parts! I've been waiting to pin this and today is the day.

  6. It's beautiful!! We have a farmhouse table that my hubby built back in 1985.

  7. Absolutely beautiful!!!! Now, start the memory making around that new table!

  8. Beautiful! You'd never know what it once was, or wasn't! Love it!

  9. You have to be very pleased with the final product which appears to be a perfect addition to your space.

  10. What a beautiful table! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  11. Wow! What a gorgeous, well-made table. Great work! It turned out so pretty :)

    Visiting from sunny simple life.

  12. OH MY GOSH! It is wonderful! What an incredible job you did. It looks authentic, and i like the way only the apron is painted... looks like the real deal. Amazing table...


  13. Love this table. The legs are amazing. Great repurpose. Your dining area Is beautiful.

  14. What a wonderful vision. That is one beauty of a table!

  15. Wow, wow, wow! Your table looks fabulous! Love the finish on it. Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style.

  16. Outstanding! Truly you've made an heirloom piece.

  17. You table turned out fab too! Love it! Btw, if you notice your framed cow picture missing don;t come looking at my house!;) Drooling over him.

  18. did you attach the top boards- screws from the bottom? I am assuming they are not glued together, either, is this correct? That has always been my biggest deterent for this project...TRULY BEAUTIFUL JOB!! Not sure how to see your answer- here is my email-ty you!


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