Sunday, March 18, 2012

8ft Farm Table

I just love a good, solid farm table.  I hunted high and low for months for the perfect, huge (and affordable) farm table for my dining room in my new house last fall and didn't find it...  I ended up with a large trestle table that I really love, but I finally found that elusive farm table a few weeks ago! 


When I found this 8' farm table, it looked more like this...
I didn't get a really good "before" picture, but snapped a few pics in progress.  It was basically a worn-out finish with some deep scratches on the table top, but super strong and sturdy.  I knew that some serious sanding was needed to get down through several layers of the previous finish and to smooth out the scratches...
Luckily my husband gave me a hand with all the sanding! We went over the whole table with low-grit sandpaper and...
he reached bare wood! I followed up with medium-grit sandpaper to get everything all smoothed out for the stain.  I applied two coats of a dark walnut stain and gave the top a little more sanding to give the finish a more distressed look of an old farm table that's been used for many years.
I finished the top with wax and a good buffing...that was quite an workout for the arms!
As for the apron and table legs, I knew that I wanted the finish to have the look of a table that's been used for years as well contrast with the dark walnut top...
I painted one coat of ASCP Duck Egg Blue, added a coat of ASCP Pure White, and sanded down to see the blue under the white...

I also added both dark and clear waxes to give it a further distressed look.  I just love how the chalk paint lets me layer the finishes...it gives it much more depth!      
This is the perfect table to fit a whole family around now!

Kristen

Linking up to:

                                                                    My 1929 Charmer

35 comments:

Lorrie said...

I love your table! Great job on the finish, I would love to find a table like that! I'm visiting from 1929 Charmer's party, and I'm now a follower!

Sarah said...

It looks amazing! I need to redo my big farm style table. And that runner? I am definitely making one of my own, thanks for the inspiration!

Elna said...

Such a beautiful table, me like *smile*. Have a nice day.

Hugs
Elna

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That table is stunning, Kristen! I love your ruffled runner, too!

dee dee said...

Great find kristen!
Can't wait to see it in your room!
dee dee

Bronwyn said...

This turned out wonderfully! I like the layered texture you added to the legs. I've pinned this for my summer re-make of our kitchen table. Thanks for sharing!

Sherry said...

This is so pretty! I love how it turned out! Worth the work out!
Sherry's Bees Nest

Kristin@gratefulbelly.com said...

I love what you did to this table. Beautiful pics too! I'm a new follower and would love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow, too:)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh my gosh, this is fabulous!! Your hard work really paid off, it really IS perfect!!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Wow! What a really great makeover! I love the finish. Stopping by from Tuesday's Treasures.

Heather said...

Hi Kristin!! Saw your post on Between Naps on the Porch linky party and had to stop by for a better look and say hello! So glad I found your blog - I am your newest follower. Read that you grew up on a dairy farm - my husband and I have farm backgrounds too! Love this table and how you refinished it especially the dark stained top and lighter legs - so chic!! You are very talented....you have inspired me to try this chalk paint myself. Thanks for sharing :)
Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

Anne said...

Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous. Love the colors. This looks so rich and I bet looks beautiful in your room.
Anne

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you did an amazing job on this! the layered colors are gorgeous!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Its always a wonderful feeling when you finally find that elusive piece and this one was well worth the wait. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

That turned out just gorgeous! Thanks for the idea about sanding the top after staining, I wouldn't have thought of that, but it looks GREAT!

Daena from Bad Rabbit Vintage said...

That is an awesome table and the finish is fabulous. Love it!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This was a table worth waiting for... especially since you gave it a makeover! What a beauty! I would love to see what chairs you pick to go with it! An exceptional piece!
Yvonne

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Gosh your table looks amazing, love the dark maple stain on top, it's my favorite. Never used the duck blue color paint but it really looks good on the legs with the white on top. Very incredible transformation. Look fab!!! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

Shannon said...

Beautiful table! I have an old thrift store dining table that I would love to redo like this! Thanks for the tutorial.
Found you through Tuesday's Treasures.

Martha said...

Well done! It's a grand table. I love it.

Pamela said...

Your table turned out beautifully!!

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful! The table is stunning :)
... Visiting from Potpourri Friday. I'm #95

Greetings from Australia♥

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous table~ I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Julie said...

Wonderful job-love that the top is different color than the rest. You must be thrilled with the results! What a nice Thanksgiving table! I would love it if you could check out my website redheadcandecorate.com and tell me what you think of our DIY kitchen renovation. I wonder if I could paint the table? :)

tattered elegance said...

gorgeous! you did a fab job!!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

This is just beautiful!

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my gosh - that is one beautiful table, Kristen! GREAT job on it! Wow!

xoxo laurie

ShantyGirl said...

I would love to have a farmhouse table this is beautiful, you did a wonderful job! Hope you stop by my place!
Sherry

Ruby Jean said...

I just saw your feature over at My 1929 Charmer. I Love what you did to your New Farm Table... Now all I need is a Farm and a Farm Table and I can call it good.. :) Just became your newest follower.. :) Have a great weekend!!

{northern cottage} said...

complete gorgeousness! i love me a farm table & this totally fits the bill. i want one too! Bad!

Just found your blog & i'm off to explore more of it - would love to have ya pop over for a visit sometime!

www.NorthernCottage.net

Amber and Brad said...

Absolutely stunning! I love how redid it and made it look so authentically aged! The table runner is beautiful too, excellent work!

Thanks for linking up to my weekly Chalk Paint Link Party!

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

Saw that you were featured on My Uncommon Slice and I wanted to come say congrats!!! Love it! Amazing job girlfriend!

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

Saw that you were featured on My Uncommon Slice and I wanted to come say congrats!!! Love it! Amazing job girlfriend!

Sherry said...

Beautiful table! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Shelly Andrade said...

Your table turned out SO nice!! Love the deep, dark stain contrasting against the light paint finish on the base. Absolutely gorgeous piece I'm sure you'll enjoy for years to come! Great job!! Shelly

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