It's finally here - the day I have been waiting for! My rustic farm table is finally finished!! This project all started when I got the crazy idea to sell my dining room set to my friend and use the money to purchase reclaimed lumber and have my husband build me a table! It all started in February.....
Living in California, reclaimed lumber is hard to find and it is expensive! I called and researched places that sold reclaimed wood. There wasn't too many to pick from in the LA metro area. We ended up driving out to the valley where this guy had a huge garage/yard full of lumber. We choose Michigan Oak that was used in a subfloor of a barn. I am guessing its 60 to 80 years old. For the price of my dining room table & 8 chairs - I got a truck load of lumber. Seems reasonable!!
Oh the projects we could make!!!!
The wood sat in our back yard for about 6 months while we gathered the right tools, additional lumbar, etc....and while my husband came up with a plan for the construction. Then, one day in September, it happened, the table started coming together.
We constructed it in 2 sections.
I am not going to write too much detail on the construction. If you want to build one, leave me a comment, and I can send more detailed instructions :)
These are the pedestals for the table.
Here it is all finished. It took 3 men to get it into the house! It is super heavy! I wasn't sure what type of protective finish to put on the top. I didn't want a shiny or thick polyurethane. I looked into linseed oil, but didn't feel good about that choice. I went with Minwax finishing wax. I have used it before and it turned out to be the perfect finish for the table. It still feels like the original wood and will repel moisture.
The chairs are mismatched: some are chairs I had and others are from my adventures garage sailing! They are white, antique white, heirloom white, and ivory.
I bought a new chandelier to go over the table - that was a project in itself. I ordered it from Amazon. I really like it - it just took a long time to rewire everything because the wire it came with was way to short. It is really bright and sparkly! This is me adding each crystal one at a time!
Marbles also loves the table!!