Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rustic Farm Table Reveal

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 love that the table seats 14 people!  5 on each side and 2 on each end.

This photo really shows all the different tones in the wood - I love that darker piece.

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!!


  1. Turned out gorgeous! What a transformation of your dining room. Love it!

  2. that's a stunning dining room and I love Marbles -- we had a Bengal cat that looked a lot like him a few years ago.

  3. Gorgeous!! I love how it looks with the contrasting fancy chandelier.

  4. You now have my dream table. I have not had the nerve to ask my husband to do the same project. I can just hear him saying, "What wrong with the table we have"? Your table is wonderful and just in time for Thanksgiving. Oh, I could just give your husband a big Grandma Hug. I know that he put a lot of love into this and that you will have years to enjoy many wonderful meals gathered around it with friends and family. Love the mixed matched chairs, too.
    Absolutely perfect :)
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  5. Wow! Just a beautiful job. A labour of love. Did you paint your hutch? I just love the color. Would you mind telling me what brand of paint pls? Jann

  6. Love your dining room redo! The chandelier is very cool too :)

  7. what color & brand is your wall color? thanks love it!

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  9. Can you post more detailed institutions? I have the wood now and want to build this.

  10. I love this table and would love info on the construction. Would love hubby to build one since we will be moving back home and will finally be close to family. Shuttermom77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Can you send me some info as well. Love this table!!! I've always wanted one that would seat all of my children and their spouses eventually. stimpyinc (at) yahoo (dot) com :) Thx!

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