Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reclaimed Wood Farmhouse Table

Over the past couple months, David and I have been working on redoing our kitchen and living room area to make the space feel more like us and reflect our style. Previously, there was an island in the kitchen which I really liked for the storage and counter space, but over time I realized it wasn't functioning well for us. We don't have a dining room, so when we had friends and family over for dinner we all were forced to cram around the island. When time came to rework the kitchen, I knew I wanted to replace the island with a table.

I've always loved the look of a dining table in the kitchen because I think it gives the room such a cozy, inviting, casual feel. I had in mind exactly the kind of table I wanted - a distressed farmhouse table. I shared my idea with David, and thankfully he liked it and agreed to build one for me.


The coolest thing about this table is the wood that we used for the top - it was salvaged from David's old band room! A couple years ago they were remodeling the floor and decided to remove the risers. The risers were framed with this beautiful cedar and David was able to bring the wood home in exchange for his labor in helping to tear apart the old floor.

The wood is full of character, but we decided to distress it just a little bit further and hit it randomly with a hammer and some chains (which turned out to be a lot of fun!). When we put the polyurethane on top to seal the wood, it brought out the imperfections that much more and really enhanced the character of the wood.


For the legs and support beams, we painted them white then distressed them a bit using sandpaper along the edges and other places that would normally show wear over time. I'm really thrilled with how it turned out and now I love my kitchen so much more. We are big fans of old farmhouses, but our house is new construction so we are working on adding in elements of the farmhouse style. This table totally fits the bill!


Since we already had the wood for the table top and supports, we only had to buy four legs which cost us $60. We had the polyurethane and paint on hand as well, so the legs were the only thing we had to shell out some money for. I've seen tables like this sell for well over $300, so I was more than happy it only set us back $60. Especially when the table means more since we worked on it together and it has a personal history. We plan to make a bench with the same wood used on the table top for extra seating as well.


We had some family over last weekend for a birthday party, and the new table worked out really well. We just need to get going on that bench so we have some more seating!

~Tammy

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61 comments:

  1. really nicely done! and a matching bench would indeed be awesome!

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  2. Beautiful. I just love it!! (And want it lol)

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  3. Great job with the table. Nice to see you were able to recycle that nice old wood.

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  4. That is an absolutely beautiful table. One I would love to have a meal at!

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  5. It's gorgeous! It's awesome that it's made from wood from your husband's band room. Gizmo looks right at home. :)

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  6. Nice! I agree with the counter top issues, I'm ready to say goodbye to mine.

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  7. OMG it is SO beautiful!! You guys did a great job! I love the chairs you put with it too- it looks perfect in your kitchen with that rug. Someday I'd love for my hubby to make me a farmhouse table too, either for outside or a casual indoor dining area.

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  8. What a great project! Love the results♫

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  9. Wow that is awesome great work.You have a beautiful kitchen very welcoming. B

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  10. Your husband did a wonderful job on the table and it looks GREAT!! So much history before he made it and now a family heirloom!! Your kitchen is now the center place and work place - that you can enjoy!!

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  11. That is totally awesome! You guys really did an excellent job! A matching bench will be really neat and I love that there is some history with the wood too. :)

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  12. Great job - your new table looks awesome in your kitchen!!
    I love all things "old wood" - especially with a story behind it! (I love your chairs as well!)

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  13. I love it Tammy, and I love that it was made for you. Having a fella that is practical and handy is a real blessing huh? :)
    Janie x

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  14. That table looks just perfect there ...and kitty agrees !

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  15. Belo trabalho de restauro e decoração...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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  16. Your new table is so creative and love the look and it is so inviting ~ Love your kitty who seems to like the new addition ~ Bravo to you both for your creative ways ~ carol ^_^

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  17. This is the perfect farmhouse touch for your kitcen!

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  18. I LOVE THIS TABLE....just joking...I don't like it....so, could you sell it to me? ;) You have the best taste and those flowers? Perfect too!

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  19. Beautiful! I love the two tone and the distressing, perfect addition to your kitchen!

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  20. Love, love, love the table. It is perfect for your kitchen. And look at that Gizmo...oh my goodness, he cracks me up. Deb

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  21. I love your farmhouse table....Me and my hubby are getting ready to do a 10 ft long one for our dining room. We want to be able to seat everyone all around the table. We have been pricing different woods...we want to do one like yours....just longer.... Its beautiful....Enjoy! Blessings!

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  22. Wow, I just love the table! That's amazing that you built it yourselves! Great job!

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  23. Tammy, it is beautiful! Looks like Gizmo approves too :)

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  24. It's beautiful! I love the history of how it came to be, too. It looks wonderful in your kitchen, too. xo

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  25. It looks great Tammy! A bench will work perfectly and allow for more seating:) I have a long farm house table (seats 8 comfortably) in my kitchen and LOVE it. The reclaimed wood you found is gorgeous and has so much character. That table will live on forever:) xxL

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  26. The table is so beautiful and well made. I love salvaged timber, so much character and tell a story.

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  27. Oh, this is one of the things I hope to do someday - build our own dining room table from salvaged wood. It's beautiful!! You have a lovely kitchen {and kitchen helper!!}. You are so right that a table in the kitchen makes it feel so inviting. Everyone gathers in the kitchen anyway, so why not have them take a seat!! :)

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  28. Beautiful Table!!
    Adds a lot of charm to your kitchen :)

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  29. oh i love it! will he make me one?! ;)

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  30. Oh my OH would love you. He is desperately trying to convince me to let him make a garden table from reclaimed wood. Thing is I know his will not look as nice as yours.

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  31. Well, it's Kitty-Approved, so that's good enough for me. :)

    I love your table and the chairs Tammy. Well done you two!

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  32. Nice job, it looks great in your kitchen!

    The thought of fall being just around the corner must be putting the idea of farmhouse tables in the air because I am also in the process of building one (with two benches) that I hope to have completed by this weekend.

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  33. Your table is just beautiful! I found a harvest table recently I wanted so badly but it cost an arm and two legs. Since I've been trying to find something else I could work with. You did a great job!

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  34. What a gorgeous table!!!
    I don't have room for one in my kitchen - but in my next house..............I am so going to have one of these!!!
    New to your blog - and am definitely now following!
    Hugs from Montreal
    Suzan

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  35. The table is beautiful. And beautiful kitties under and next to it. :)

    Blessings!

    Sue

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  36. I ADORE this table!! Good job, you guys!

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  37. Tammy, your table looks wonderful. It is great that you were able to use the salvaged wood. You and hubby did a great job!

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  38. Great table! We had a farmhouse table that I just couldn't part with so we turned it into our kitchen island! There is something so charming about the farmhouse style! Love those kitties! :)

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  39. Love it! Great idea and you guys did a great job. :-)

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  40. It looks like it was just made to be in your kitchen. A perfect fit.

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  41. It looks PERFECT in your kitchen. And I bet the hammer & chains were a blast ;)

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  42. hi tammy

    this is a lovely table. i love your kitchen in general.
    happy weekend! xo

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  43. It's just beautiful! So glad to see someone else recycles what's available!
    Hugs,
    Dru

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  44. Awesome table! I love your cute kitty too! Thank you for your kind words about my sunflower post. :)

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  45. Beautiful table! And it looks like Gizmo thinks so too!

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  46. What a beautiful and special table! That wood is lovely.

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  47. Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #29' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #30...

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  48. I love love love love it (although I did already tell you that, but you don't mind review, right?). I love that it has memories. In our other house, I had dreams of living in an old farmhouse, so I kept buying things that were old to add in the new construction. THere's something so comforting about the look of farmhouse living, huh? :)

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  49. Brilliant well done what a wonderful result looks Fab..The wood looks really tuff and hard wearing , much better than an Island. :)

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  50. I have been looking for a table like this! Yours is gorgeous!!

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  51. I LOVE your table! And the idea of a hammber and chains, too cute! A farmhouse table has been on my honeydo list for years! Great job!

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