Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our New (to us) Farmhouse Table...

The table is finished and I couldn't be happier!

I have to say...my husband is the man!

I ask for him to build for me, and he says "no". Time passes and I ask again, and he says "no". But, then...then...

after a little while longer, I ask one more time...

and he always (eventually) says "yes"!

;)

It works every time, and I'm telling you, he delivers!

I thought he would just glue together some 2 x 6's, clamp 'em up, rub on some stain and poly and call it good. How hard could building a plank style table top really be anyway? For him, not hard at all.

But he did so much more than just glue together some boards, and it definitely shows in the final product.

Here is where I left off on my last post...

After milling up the 2 x 6's so that they fit together perfectly, then mitering just the right amount of "groove" between the boards, he clamped them together and I patiently (or maybe not so patiently) waited over night for them to dry.

The first thing that needed to happen the next day was sanding the top so that it would be smooth. We didn't want to end up with wobbly plates and glasses perched on the table top. Sanding is always a boring, but necessary step for the girl that cannot wait to see how it's all going to turn out.

Except, he didn't sand it.

He went old school.

He got out his grandfather's planer and smoothed the entire table top
by hand
...

M-hmm. Told you he was the man.

*love*



It took quite a bit longer than it would have with the palm sander, but it was so worth the wait.

We decided to go with Kona Stain. Our old kitchen table top was always at odds with the color that our circa 1995 kitchen cabinets have become (think orange oak), so we figured dark Kona was the best way to go...

It creates a perfect contrast between the stripes of the grain.

But my favorite parts are the spots where the hand planer skipped. They show up perfectly...

Finally it was time to start in with the polyurethane to seal it all up...

The weather here has been pretty darn cold, which has meant drying times that take way, way longer than we are used to...

We put on a total of four coats of poly. We felt good at three, but figured a fourth coat certainly couldn't hurt...

The new table top was attached to the table base the exact same way that the old one had been attached. Just a few screws from underneath the table...

I am so happy with it!



Here's a little side-by-side comparison...


I love a piece with some good ole' hand built character,
and this table has got it!


The only out of pocket cost for us was the purchase of eight 2 x 6's. The total was less than $40.00.


We also took liberties with the dimensions of the new table top. Starting from scratch meant that we got to do it our way. We made the overall dimensions larger than the original table had been - an inch wider on each side, and seven inches longer in length. It was a minor change that has made a big difference during dinner when we're all sitting down at the table together. A little more room for all of those plates, glasses and utensils to spread out.


So almost a year after finding my inspiration, I finally have my Farmhouse Table.

Thanks to my rockstar carpenter!
XO


Now...to do something about that I'm-not-quite-sure-what's-going-on-back-there-but-it's-definitely-looking-forgotten-and-neglected wall...


Off to shop the house for a new look!




P.S. I am linking this post to:

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57 comments:

New Every Morning said...

Gorgeous!!! My main squeeze built a farmhouse dining room table for me this past year. My request? Durable enough to not be a typical "don't-scratch-the-table" dining room. I love it because it was made with love, just like yours.

Robin said...

Oh! MY! He is THE MAN!!!!!!!

So Beautiful! Please let him know we love his work!

The Mac's House said...

I love it. I just watched a program the other day where the guys were great woodworkers and made a table like this. I have to say yours is just as beautiful as those master craftsman.

:)
Teri

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Congrats to the hubby, your table is stunning. I love it. What a fantastic piece. Hugs, Marty

Janet said...

Wow, Wow, Wow!!! I have been begging my husband to build one of Ana Whites Farmhouse table's. This is the exact finish I want. I love it.

Photographing Mom said...

So not jealous of your table. Nope, not at all...Okay, I lie.

It's beautiful, Karla. Awesome job, Will!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

your table is beautiful! I recently did the same thing with 51 cent cull lumber. (kitchen island top) It is amazing how pretty Lumber can be!
great job.
gail

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Oh, Karla, he did such a wonderful job. I love seeing the hand planer used. My brother uses one and I love seeing the curly shavings and thinking of all those who came before making furniture this way. Great finish and a really good idea to adapt it to your size requirements. I loved your inspiration photo when I first saw it too. I really love farmhouse tables.

Isabella's Mommy.... said...

Absolutely beautiful - I love it!!

Kevin and Andrea said...

Seriously LOVE it!! The color is BEAUTIFUL!! Great job!!

Allison said...

Gorgeous table! I officially have table envy ;)

youresomartha said...

your husband has skills! turned out beautifully. now i have to show this to my husband and convince him to make me one.

emily @ the happy home said...

STUNNING! i love the skipping grooves from the planer, too. it gives the table some definite oomph.

Brandi said...

Your husband is truly amazing. What an awesome talent he has. Your table is gorgeous Karla!

Jenny said...

Shut. UP. This is amazing! Gorgeous - truly gorgeous.

Leslie said...

The table looks great! Your husband did a fabulous job!

Jenn said...

Oh my! Absolutely gorgeous!! I would so LOVE a table like that!

Rach said...

What a transformation! Beautiful!

Mammamusing said...

What a stunning transformation!

Congratulations to your hubby for his hardwork and congratulations to you for getting your way (eventually) :)

Kate

Lauren said...

Delicious! I have one too, and I thought I was looking at my table. Don't you just enjoy looking at it everyday!

Dawn said...

Wow!! Don't take this the wrong way, but I think I might love your carpenter too!!!! ;)

That table is just stunning, and I love that you got to make the measurements your own. Gorgeous stain - total family heirloom!

Inspired by you said...

What a guy! It looks amazing.

The Well-Seasoned Nest said...

The grain in the wood of your table is fab and what your hubby did to it -divine. And it will get even better with time, I bet. Great post!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Gorgeous, Karla! How fortunate to have such a talented woodworker under your roof! :) You two make a fab team. The table is amazing! 2 x 6, only $40... hmmm... :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is great! And I really love that last picture!

My hubby is the same way. Last weekend I asked him to paint the living room, knowing that I was setting things up to paint it 6-12 months from now. :)

The Green Pea said...

Give that Hubby a hug, he did well!
The table is beautiful and you will have many good times with it. sandi

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hats off to him...it looks outstanding!

Blessings,
Linda

Cheryl said...

Yep, you have a great hubby there. He not only did the table for you, he went old school and put some extra love into it with the handplaining. The finished result is beauitful.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Oh my goodness, he is the man indeed! Love your strategy, btw. It is fabulous, I love that he used a planer and the image with the curly shreds (what is the name for those things...I should know! it's too early) is really beautiful. I know you will enjoy this table for years, how great your husband made it!
Janell

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

MGF said...

Currently trying ot talk my hubby into this. Thank you for posting all your pcitures. it gives me a real idea of how I need to do this. Mu hubby is worried that the top will not come off the base so easy- I hate your table- it's cheap and yuck. It is time for a face lift.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Wow! Hubby did a fabulous job! the table looks awesome!

Mats and Monica said...

Your table is PERFECT! I just have to know...what are you going to do with your old table-top? I know you must have something fabulous in mind...do share!

Kristen | Cottage Modern said...

Karla--thanks for your kind comments on my blog--I'm so encouraged that you like the transformation. Count me in as your latest follower--I love your blog, and your new kitchen table looks stunning. I also love that board and batten wall you've got going--beautiful!

Laura @ LPC Interiors said...

Amazing Karla!! Such a huge impact for such little cost. Great job!

nateandkatesmom said...

Wow! Looks awesome!! Can he give my husband some lessons??

Sam said...

Looks fabulous, so clever. What lovely pics to look at.

Christine said...

I really love this table! You did an awesome job on it!
Christine
greatoakcircle.com

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

This is stunning! What a gorgeous table you have now. And what a precious husband! He did a great job!

Melanie said...

He really is the man! WOW what a beautiful table. It is just gorgeous!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Looks great. What a loving husband you have.

BearShe Cottage said...

That's sooo cool. My husband just completed our farmhouse table too! Just looking for mis-matched chairs to refinished and he said he might build a bench too! I will be posting pictures soon too. Yours looks great! Aren't husbands good sometimes?

Rachael said...

Wow. Can your husband build me one?! It's gorgeous!

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

im in love with these farmhouse tables.. yours looks great. I have a table i'll be working on soon,if the weather ever warms up.

Denise said...

Wow!!! Your hubby did an amazing job. If you have time, I would love for you to link this post (or any of your other ones) to my blog party at http://firstadream.blogspot.com/

Ali said...

It looks Wonderful! Great job with it!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Holy, moly, this table is AMAZING!

Dearest Home said...

Wow! What a beautiful table! Great job!! I just found your blog, and I'm so glad that I did!!

www.dearesthome.blogspot.com

Kim @ Sand and Sisal said...

All your hard work payed off! It looks great!

poindextr said...

Karla, wow - great job on the table. What a dream come true :) I hope you don't mind but I linked up one of your older projects that I absolutely love on my blog. I included a link (and your blog name) to its original source. Thanks so much. If it is not ok, please let me know and I will remove it right away. - Diane

Delishhh said...

WOW - now that is a gorgeous table. I love it. Love your blog too.

Lindsey Diffendaffer said...

THIS LOOKS FANTASTIC. I just love it.

Jolie said...

How beautiful! Thank you for the secrets to making the table top have that look to it. I'm going to make my own table top for my dining room and may use this method, too! It looks so great!

Donna @ pintedfresh.blogspot.com said...

AWESOME!!! please take a peek at a newbie blog -
http://paintedfresh.blogspot.com
thanks!
~Donna

Rene' said...

Beautiful job! I love it!

Rene'

Matt Braham said...

Great job on the table. It looks wonderful. I really enjoy reading your blog. You give your readers good ideas. Keep it up.

Cheers,
Matt
www.mychicshanty.com

Meg Denne said...

I was wondering where you purchased your bamboo shades in the dining room? :) love them.