I am excited to share the most beautiful farmhouse dining table that was handmade by my amazing husband! This DIY table is fairly simple to make, even if you don’t consider yourself very handy with tools.
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My farmhouse table has actually been a couple of years in the making, but I think it was totally worth the wait.
For years I have wanted a farmhouse dining table, but never really wanted to spend the money. They are usually very expensive–at least the ones I wanted were expensive. I wanted a rustic farmhouse table that would seat at least eight, and of course the bigger the table the more expensive. Shipping is a factor as well, because farmhouse tables are one big piece of furniture which makes them very costly to ship.
I finally decided I had to get my husband on board with building one to save money. Plus, it would be something handmade by him that I can cherish forever! It took about a year of convincing, but he eventually caved.
Picking which farmhouse table to build
After months of searching Pinterest for farmhouse tables, I found the perfect one from Dear Lillie. I absolutely love the look of her table and the decor in her dining room. She also gives great directions on the stain she used and how she applied it to the table. The building plans are from Ana White, which are very precise and easy to follow. This table can be made in different sizes, which was perfect since I wanted one big enough to seat eight.
Building the farmhouse table
Once my hubby was on board, we had to pick up the supplies which are listed in the building plans. The total cost for the wood and a new saw blade was around $125.
The actual building of the table took a while, but he worked on it over time. Unfortunately, he cut a few boards wrong and had to redo them–no, he wan’t happy, but he still pressed on. Have I mentioned how amazing he is?! He built our farmhouse table in the garage, so taking his time wasn’t a big deal. However, our garage became quite dusty–especially when he sanded it.
Staining the farmhouse table
After my hubby was finished, we moved our new farmhouse table into the dining room without any stain. I was really nervous to stain it because I didn’t want to mess it up. Several months later, I finally stained our table (I told you this project was years in the making!). Since our table was sitting there without any stain to protect it, I bought a water proof table cloth to cover it. It worked perfectly!
The directions from Dear Lillie uses two stains: Rustoleum’s Weathered Gray and Minwax’s Provincial. Since I love the look of her table, I chose the same color combination. Her directions say to wipe one color on then the other with a soft cloth. I did this, but the color of my table didn’t turn out quite like hers. However, I actually love the final look of my new farmhouse dining table.
Finding the chairs
Once we got the table stained, the hunt was on for chairs. This, again, was a several-month process. I really couldn’t decide what kind of chairs. I wanted fabric chairs like the ones Dear Lillie has in her dining room, but my husband didn’t want fabric chairs. Since he built the table, I thought I’d let him have his way with the chairs. So, the search was on.
After months of searching for chairs, I came across these gorgeous bistro chairs from World Market. They are not great quality, but they match almost perfectly, and look amazing with our table.
The rest of the dining room
In our dining room, we have a handmade bar cabinet that looks fantastic with my handmade farmhouse table. I picked up the bar cabinet at an antique market called Third Sunday Market in Bloomington, Illinois. You can check out all of my other favorite finds from my Third Sunday Market blog post.
As part of the dining room upgrade, I painted the walls with Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath. I chose this color because it’s neutral, and I think neutral tones go with everything. Since the wall color is neutral, I felt like the dining room needed a pop of color so I chose a sheer light blue curtain that I picked up at TJ Maxx.
Love the table
I absolutely LOVE my farmhouse table, but what I love most is that my husband made it for me! It looks handmade, which is exactly what I was hoping for and I will definitely cherish this table and my husband’s hard work forever!
P.S. I want to give a huge shout out to my friends at Forget Me Not Flowers in Bloomington, Illinois for creating the most gorgeous centerpiece for my farmhouse table. I wanted a country chic and their creation was perfect!