DIY Farmhouse Table

Nathan recently bought his own place, so naturally that was the perfect excuse to allow my Pinterest board to come to life. Not quite, but helping him decorate his place has been so much fun and this is the first time we have ever done any type of project together. Also, we’ve been watching a little too much Fixer Upper lately, and basically feel like home reno experts because of it. Ugh, Chip and Jojo would be SO proud of us.A kitchen table was first on the list, and he knew he didn’t want to buy one. Why would you when you can make one at home for less than $100? While I was not a part of the wood cutting and nailing together process, thank goodness, I got to pick out the stains we used. There was a lot of trial and error involved in this process. We tested out several stains before we found the combination that gave us exactly what we wanted!If you need a good idea of how to actually build the table, I recommend going on Pinterest. There’s tons of different layouts, it really just depends on the style you are wanting. Here is the before picture:Excuse the messHere is what you will need:

  • 1 gallon of white paint
  • 2 soft bristle paint brush
  • 1 foam brush
  • 2 old hand towels
  • cup of water
  • stain (we used Minwax Dark Walnut)
  • Polycrylic protective finish (clear matte)

*make sure you sand the table before you begin stainingStep 1: White washTake your cup of water and put some of the white paint in it. You want it to be about 50/50. Next, you want to dip your soft bristle paint brush a little bit into the gallon of paint, then dip again into the 50/50 mixture. Begin painting the table one board at a time. Let each board set for about 20 seconds, then wipe off with a wet rag before you go on to the next one. The table should be a light white washed color when finished. Let this dry.Step 2: StainNow it’s time to stain! Take the color of stain you chose and your foam brush. Dip the brush into the stain and paint the boards one at a time. You will probably need 2 people for this job. When one person has brushed the stain onto a board, the other person needs to immediately wipe it off with a dry rag. Do this individually for each board. Let dry. *This part made us really nervous because we were afraid the dark stain wasn’t going to give us the grey color we wanted* Step 3: Paint table legsTake the gallon of white paint and the soft bristle paint brush and paint the legs of the table. What you do next is really up to you. You can either leave it white, or distress it. We chose to leave the legs white because they already looked kind of distressed and didn’t feel like we needed to do any extra.*The table is still wet in this picture, it is more grey when it dries*Step 4: SealOnce the table is completely dry you will need another paint brush and the polycrylic seal. Carefully paint the table with the seal going board by board like you did in steps 1 and 2. Make sure you don’t use too much, you really only need just a little bit. Let the first coat dry about 4 hours. Then repeat this step.Step 5: AdmireI really think that this is the nicest color for a farmhouse table. I’m a huge fan of white, bright, and light colored kitchens and this table will fit in perfectly. I personally am not a fan of dark stains in kitchens, but using this dark stain on top of the white made the most perfect brown/grey color! The white coming through the bottom of the stain looks so gorgeous.We are really happy with the way this table turned out! It looks a little more brown in pictures than it really is, so I posted a close up on the left so you can see how it’s really more grey.We also just found some really neat chairs that we plan on sanding down and are going to paint and stain to match the table. I’ll post updates once we have the total finished product! We have several projects going right now; I can’t wait to share them with you!Enjoy!– xo Rach


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