Several years ago we splurged and purchased a dream Pottery Barn Farmhouse Table for the dining room. Although our previous dining room table was gorgeous, tastes change and home decor styles evolve. After all, it had been 20 years. We didn’t feel too guilty about letting it go, it was time to update! Our inspiration to DIY a farmhouse table came when our daughter subtly suggested she would like us to build her one for her new house she was renting. Walking by our Pottery Barn Farmhouse table every day inspired us to build a look a like, just for her.
Time: 4 Hours Cost: $200 Difficulty: Medium
Stain the top of each piece of wood ( You can stain the other side if you like). Since you will be putting trim pieces on the sides, it is not necessary to stain the sides. Depending how dark you want the table, you can apply as many coats as you like. I applied 3 applications waiting about an hour in between each coat to dry. If you apply stain with a cloth instead of a brush, it will dry faster because it is absorbed into the wood much quicker
Screw the 1″ x 3″ trim that you have cut to size around the underside of the table to hold the boards together. This also gives you an area to nail the side trim on.
Cut the (3) 1″ x 4″ to size (the width between the two trim pieces). This will be used as support for the table top and a place to anchor the legs of the table. These 3 pieces will be screwed from the underside of the table by placing them in between the two side trim pieces. For a dimension guide please visit our blog post. You will want to space the two end 1″ x 4″ trim pieces about 57 inches apart (this is where you will attach the legs of the table). The third trim simply goes in the middle of the other two. Whatever dimensions you choose, be sure to allow space on the end for chairs to be pulled up.
Start building the legs of the table. Clamp Kreg Jig onto the 2″ x 4″ wood, drill 2 pocket holes into one of your pieces of 2″ x 4″. We highly recommend the Kreg Jig!
Connect your wood pieces together with screws. Do this with all 4 pieces of wood until you have basically built a square. Repeat this process for the other leg base. This middle piece on the legs is also for sturdiness of the legs and it is part of the design of the original Pottery Barn Farmhouse table we purchased.
Attach the legs to the end support pieces of wood by screwing them in. You can paint the legs before you attach them to make it a little easier. There is about 57 inches between the legs. Just be sure there is enough room at the ends of the table to slide a chair underneath. Usually, the overhang should measure 11.75″ to 12″ on the ends
Line the 1″ x 2″ trim pieces to the top of the table edge. Attach the trim pieces to the sides of the table with nails. Stain the trim pieces on the side to match the tabletop. (Note: in this photo the trim was placed on before we actually attached the legs of the table. Either way, it doesn’t matter if you attach the trim before or after you have attached the legs)
Using the electric sander, sand down around the edges to smooth any roughness. We wouldn’t want anyone to snag a sweater. Again, you can do this before or after you have attached the legs
Paint the legs. I used paint that I had on hand which was Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint. After I painted the legs all white and it had completely dried, I rubbed on a coat of soft wax using a cotton cloth. For a rustic farmhouse look, use the sanding sponge on the corners.
The finished product!
We wrapped a big ribbon around the table top and snuck it in our daughter’s house (because we are lucky she gave us a key) and put a Merry Christmas sign on it and left. She was absolutely surprised when she came home from work to her DIY pottery barn inspired farmhouse table made by us, truly!
Suggested materials for this project:
- (5) 1″ x 6″ x 8 ft. Pine Wood (lowes)
- (3) 2″ x 4″ x 8 ft. Trim (lowes)
- (3) 1″ x 3″ x 8 ft. Trim (lowes)