What does your table stand for? Is it only functional, or does it serve a deeper purpose?
Farmhouse tables beautifully represent what our family stands for. Building local community. Gathering with new friends, old friends and family over a home-cooked feast or potluck. 8 feet is often too short to accommodate all the butts.
In a fervent search for DIY furniture, we stumbled upon Ana White’s Fancy X Farmhouse Table making plan and LOVED it. We’ve built modified versions of it twice now. The legs and apron are identical. This tabletop is custom length and width made from leftover ceiling joists from our kitchen renovation. Each top board is planed, jointed and seamlessly joined using a biscuit joiner and a preschool worth of [wood] glue. Sanded for hours for a crease-free vibe – when little man eats, food ends up in every inanimate (and sometimes human) crevice within a 5 foot radius.
The finished aesthetic was predominantly experimental, but ended up EXACTLY what we stoked for (doesn’t always happen). Heavy stain on the legs and apron followed by 2 coats of white paint, sanded and scuffed. On the top: 1 coat of pre-stain wood conditioner, 2 coats of stain, 1 dry brushed application, sanded, whitewashed, sanded, faux glazed, donzo. The creamy-dreamy brown contrasts the rustic white bottom. The stain doesn’t appear to be inked wood or splotchy & blotchy. Mixing various pigment mediums with sanding is the jam, folks. Giving it a try? Here’s how: