This is one of my PROUDEST repurposing pieces of furniture to date! I am really getting into the primitive farmhouse look for my home but I don’t have the time (or money) to go shopping around flea markets. So, we have to get crafty with what is available. Let me show you how I took my country style table and revamped it into my new, awesomely awesome farmhouse dining table.
So……there she is. My lovely, 1980s style country table. (sigh) Don’t act like you haven’t seen this table in every garage sale, goodwill store, junkyards, or around apartment store dumpster tossed from people who were suckered into purchasing her just like me. Oh yes, she gets around baby. She’s a beast. It was my very first purchase as a “big kid” right before I went into college. Solid wood and seats up to 10 people, she gave the “country” look at an affordable price. Although I loved it when I first purchased it, it didn’t take long for her and I to form a love/hate relationship. I loved the legs but that was it. But I paid too much money to just get rid of it. SO, I kept it and lugged it to every apartment and rent house for 15 years! Then I came across this little gem:
Look how much character this table has! Even without decorative items on top of it, she looks divine. Here is the link I found on pinterest for this table: http://ana-white.com/2013/05/plans/husky-farmhouse-table (always have to give credit to where these things originated). It’s chunky, it’s chippy, it’s got character. I love it! But I don’t have the $$$ to create it from scratch – did I mention I’m poor? I do, however, have potential with my monstrosity of a table.
I decided to dismantle my table, screw by ever-lovin screw. I only needed to remove the tabletop from the legs but the way my table was put together, I practically had to take it all apart. I bought 2 – 2x8x12’s and cut them in half to give me 4 – 2x8x6’s. I ran them through a table planer, which should not be confused with a portable hand planer. I learned from my bathroom remodel that you can’t just glue 2×4’s together and expect to get a clean, smooth edge. Those pieces of lumber you buy at Lowe’s are not necessarily meant for furniture and need to be cleaned up. The best way to get a smooth top is to run all pieces of wood through the table planer. It completely squares everything out and gives you a nice, flat, seamless edge to glue all pieces. So that’s what I did. Luckily, I also have an amazing friend who owns a biscuit joiner and worked those the pieces for me (don’t ask me what it is but here’s a link to it: http://www.startwoodworking.com/post/how-use-biscuit-joints).
After all pieces were glued and clamped together for a couple days, it was ready to distress! (Enter my 7 year old with a claw hammer, piece of chain, and mad evil scientist laugh – buwaahhhaaa!) Seriously, there is no wrong way to distress a piece of wood. My youngster had a ball with his hammer and chain. All those little divots are his handy work and I took the back of a hammer and started gouging out chunks of wood. The deeper the gouge, the better the stain would look. If you’re trying to make it look authentic, you’ll want to distress the edges really hard since in real life, those are the most vulnerable to wear and tear.
Now for the stain. I used a combo of Minwax “Dark Walnut” and “Provencial” alternating in long streak patterns across the top. Always stain in the direction of the grain. Never go perpendicular.
The deep gouges I cut with the back of the hammer really took the dark stain well and I was very pleased with the outcome. So purdy….
Here’s the magic trick to sealing the wood. I wanted it to be water-resistant since we will sit around it but I didn’t want to put a super shiny lacquer on top. The answer….Teak Oil. This oil is absorbed into the wood and seals it from the inside out. Then it puts a slight shine to it. The more coats you put on, the shinier it gets. So it’s not super shiny right off the bat. You can choose how shiny you want it. I put on 3 coats but it would’ve been ok with 2.
Teak Oil takes a few days to completely cure. That’s the bummer of it, but it was well worth it. As I was waiting for it to cure, I painted the legs of the dismantled table with white chalk paint (remember that stuff from the Lego project?) and distressed it.
Finally the oil had dried and I could put it all back together. Voila! Isn’t she a beaut?! And seriously, it cost me around $30 for the wood, stain, and oil.
And here it is staged with my new chairs I bought at a garage sale for $30. I will eventually paint them a aqua blue and recover the cushions but for now, I am not hating them….so no rush just yet! Hope this inspires you!