DIY farm table with new table top

Slowly but surely, we’re changing things in our home one-by-one to reflect our new style. One of the items that have been on the top of the list for quite a while is our kitchen table. I mean, it was fine. It served its purpose. But it certainly does not tie in at all to the style we’re going for in our kitchen (modern farmhouse) so it was time for a facelift.

See all of those lines on top of the table? Yeah. Those are all little crevices and they caught every crumb from every meal and had to be cleaned with a vacuum, of all things! Not only that, but I’ve been longing for a table that seats more than six. So I kindly batted my eyes one day and said to the hubby “do you think we could just rip the top off of the table, lengthen the base and add new pine boards on to the top?” He answered with a yes, without knowing that his “yes” now meant he needed to get it done.

So a couple of weeks ago construction on our “new” farm table began. He started by taking the entire table apart, being careful to keep all of the base parts intact to be reused and recycled.

He then began rebuilding the base onto the back of our 4 new 12″ pine boards.

We brought the entire set up in the house to see if it would work and we loved it. The table was now 2″ wider and 12″ longer. We went from a 72″ tabletop that sat 6 to a 90″ tabletop that now comfortably seats 8. Woot! Woot!

I wasn’t sure which strain I was going to use so I brought them both home with me: English Chestnut and Special Walnut. I even applied a pre-stain for the first time. I’ve never done it on any previous projects and I’m not really sure if it makes a difference or not, but I really wanted this table to turn out well so it was worth the investment for me.

I tested the stain on a scrap piece of pine and eventually decided to apply the English Chestnut first, and then went over it with two coats of Special Walnut to dirty up the color a bit.

**Note: you should always test your stain on a sample of the exact wood you’re going to use to ensure proper coverage, stain color, and application practice.

Once I had all of the stains applied, I decided it looked too perfect. After it was thoroughly dry, I actually went back over the entire surface with a hand sander exposing the grain and making it look a little worn in certain places, especially the corners.

It was at this point, before I applied the polyurethane, that I questioned whether I should make it look old by weathering it with vinegar and steel wool so it would look like this instead:

Do you know? That old gray wood look. I love that! I may still do it at some point, but for now, it still looks like this:

And for the few days, it was outside being worked on by me, we sat at our kitchen table like this:

Yes, that’s a card table sitting on top of the base. You gotta do watcha gotta do!

Here’s the table reassembled and proudly sitting back in our kitchen before I painted the base:

You can clearly see the extension piece that had to be inserted toward the middle to lengthen the table, in addition to spreading out the legs.

And here is the table now, all stained, polyurethaned (interesting adjective, ey?) and painted:

I applied 3 coats of clear satin water-based polyurethane over the entire top of the table, sides and all. In the photo below, you can see on the corner how I sanded it down a bit so it appears a little worn, like an old farmhouse table, might look.

This entire project cost us about $55 in new supplies, including pine boards, screws, stain, polyurethane, pre-stain, and wood filler. Not bad for a new, larger farm-style table! Wouldn’t you agree?
I still might rough up the paint on the base and distress it a bit and I’m still considering weathering the pine to a dull gray at some point. Part of me still thinks it looks a little too perfect! What do YOU think?

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