DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Farmhouse Kitchen Table

17 Materials
4 Hours
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.
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!

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  • Bir14349015 Bir14349015 on Nov 01, 2017
    I love this table! I would like to know, Will this leave a white ring going from the oven or stove with a plate on table?
    • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Nov 01, 2017
      Use a tablecloth or placemats and trivets to protect the tabletop. It can be removed when the meal is done.
    • Sootie Sootie on Nov 01, 2017
      Easy, remove your food from the oven into serving pieces. I've never seen people put their plates in the oven. Table setting 101, and take Susan's advice. What a beautiful table Dean has made for the up coming holidays.
    • Jan Jan on Nov 01, 2017
      A beautiful table and a beautiful set of parents to surprise their daughter in this way ! So very sweet. You are both are so lucky to have each other and the love you share. Today happens to be my daughters birthday that passed away nearly 7 years ago. I used to do little projects for her too and I so enjoyed doing them.
    • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Nov 01, 2017
      As for removing food into serving pieces, most have casserole dishes that come from the oven to the table. Why would anyone dislodge the configuration of a casserole? I'd go straight to the table using trivets.
    • Linda Shepard Linda Shepard on Nov 01, 2017
      I almost always heat my plates - helps keep the food warm. I have insulated place mats we use under the plates.

    • Diane and Dean DIY Diane and Dean DIY on Nov 03, 2017
      As with any wood furniture, it is best to use a trivet, placemat, coaster or protection of some kind. I don’t believe our daughter has had any issues so far.
  • Emily Emily on Nov 02, 2017
    This is a beautiful table and you did a great job! Congratulations! But one question, how tall overall is the table? Thanks!
  • Eva Weaver Eva Weaver on Aug 07, 2018

    Did you screw the table boards to each other or are they just secured by the frame around the outside? Love the whole thing.

    • Michelle Wakeling Shead Michelle Wakeling Shead on Oct 03, 2018

      The slats under the table holds the wood together for the too of the table.

  • Jodie Woods Jodie Woods on Aug 07, 2018

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Easy, simple and gorgeous! How many people will this table seat?

  • Elaine Elaine on Jun 12, 2020

    im wondering about the step by step instructions because im not a carpenter and I have to see and do it but I need instructions. Where would I get them? Please. 😁😁

  • Debra Debra on Oct 06, 2020

    I checked the blog but could not see how far from the edge of the table the legs sit. If the table width is 38” how wide are the table legs?


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