Hi guys! If you read our meet us section of our blog, these farmhouse tables are what inspired us to start building together. We each wanted a new table for our homes, but the price for a solid wood table in our farmhouse style was outrageous. Some tables upwards of $1,000. That was not an option for us (OR OUR HUSBAND’S!!). So, we started searching for a plan to build our own. We really couldn’t find many options to choose from, but found a plan by Ana White that we fell in love with.
With 3 kids in tow, Jess and I headed to our local Lowe’s to buy our lumber. Yes, 2 chicks and 3 kids looks a little chaotic in Lowe’s, but we knew what we were after and didn’t need any help. We can’t even tell you how many people asked us if we needed help. We were grateful, but we could do it on our own. Between the lumber, screws and finishing materials we both had approximately $150 in each table.
Now, it did happen to be January 24th, 2014 when we decided to build these tables. It was sub-zero temps outside but we wanted these darn tables built now. So, where else to build but in Tiffany’s living room/kitchen! Hey, it worked out, the kids played while we built and everyone was warm and happy. We did luck out that the kids took nearly a 2 hour nap which allowed us to get a lot accomplished.
So, we bought the lumber and cut all of our material on one day. Then built two tables the next day. Everything went together really easy with Ana White’s plans. The only thing we struggled with was getting the tabletop apron frame completely square, but that’s just because we strive for perfection. We didn’t immediately build the benches because we weren’t sure if that was what we wanted. We both ended up building Ana White’s Farmhouse Bench and love them.
As far as finishing the tables, we both painted our table legs a flat black. We used Minwax Provincial as our stain for the tabletops. We used several layers of Minwax Polyurethane to seal the tabletop. In between each coat of poly we sanded the entire top. This made the top smooth and water-resistant. That comes in handy with kiddos!
After having these tables for a couple of years now, there are a few things we would both do different. The major issue is the spacing between each board on the tabletop. These little spaces get food, playdough, and any tiny little thing that can fit in the crack-it does! Jess’ dad has a Grizzly Jointer. After she did a project using it, she will use it for any future tables she makes. The jointer shaves off a thin layer of the lenthwise piece of wood to bring the two flush against each other.
Another thing we would change are the legs. We would pay the extra money for turned legs rather than using two 2x4s to make a 4×4 leg. FYI–Lowe’s does not sell 4x4s, at least we couldn’t find them!
Ana White has created an updated version of our farmhouse table that uses a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System for the tabletop instead of having exposed screws on top. We just don’t care for the look of the exposed screws on top.
Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE our tables and the fact that WE built them, but we have learned a lot over the past couple years. So don’t be surprised if we get a bright idea to build new farmhouse tables! And this time, we’ll choose to build in warmer weather.