After having a mini table from Ikea for the last 10 years, we decided we needed a grown up table when we moved into our new place. We went back and forth for weeks trying to pick out a table that would work for us. (And spent many hours on Pinterest getting ideas!) We saw some farm tables that we liked but weren’t really sure what we should get and then my dad offered to build us one. This is our story of building a farm table.
First, we decided what kind of a look we wanted for our table. We really loved the look of the tables with a wooden top and white legs.
Here are a few of the tables found on Pinterest (and their sources) that we got our inspiration from:
Here is the behind-the-scenes of the building of our farm table.
First, we had to choose the legs. We found these redwood balusters at Home Depot for about $20 each. They just needed to be cut down to the right height. Then the base for the tabletop was cut to the right size.
Next, my dad and a friend who helped to build our beautiful table attached the legs to the top with a nail gun.
Now it looks like a table. 🙂
The next step was to attach the sides with a staple gun. These sides give the table definition and will also add to the overall finished look once it’s done.
The tabletop now gets finishing boards with mitered edges for that nice, smooth and slightly worn look.
The boards were glued down with wood glue and then stapled into place.
The legs were painted an off white and once dried, sanded down a bit to give it a perfectly imperfect aged look.
Then the staple holes were filled in with wood putty so they wouldn’t be visible at all once stained.
The top was stained dark which gives it a nice contrast with the white of the legs.
We had bought some chairs before the table was built but then we found these absolutely perfect ones that look like they were made to go with this table so we took the others back. We have four chairs and a bench to go with our table. The fall decorations and napkin holder are from Target. The lantern and plant are both from Ikea.