Hi friends. It’s been a crazy week over here at the Hathaway house. But things are coming along here at our fixer upper. One of my favorite projects that we finally did was to build this sweet rustic farmhouse table. Did you know that we haven’t had a proper dining table for the past 3 years? I know, I know… That’s really bad. But we just didn’t have a place to put one in our last house. So needless to say, when we moved into this big old white house, I was ready for a change! I wanted something we could use for family gatherings & holidays with extended family & friends. And this 7 foot long beauty with reclaimed wood on the top is the table of my dreams. So I just had to share a post with the plans with you all!
This post includes affiliate links. I was also provided paint to use for this project by Amy Howard, but I only share things that I LOVE & think you will too!
Silas did all the building on this project, and I did all the staining, painting and sealing.
I know I must not be the only person who loves to see how projects come together, so I thought I would do my best to recreate the plans for this table.
This post has a combination of sketches and photos to help anyone who may want to replicate this build.
So with that all said, let me show you the basic anatomy of this table.
Here are all the boards used from the side view of the table.
The only boards I didn’t list from the first sketch are shown here. They are just the ones for the ends.
Now you could technically build this table without supports on the bottom. But since this is such a long table, we reenforced everything underneath with 2×4’s. making this table very solid. This part may look confusing, so if it doesn’t make sense, just check out the photo below.
Here you can see how everything from the last sketch connects. And you are welcome. I literally took this photo while laying under the table. Haha!
Now, if you want to see the whole process for how I stained, painted and sealed this piece, head on over to My Instagram Stories and click on “Table Build.”
Of if you want to watch all my compiled insta stories about painting this table here on my blog, press play on this video below:
Don’t mind all the kid noises in the background. That’s just a normal part of the Hathaway Household. Haha!
A basic breakdown of my process was:
- I stained this piece with Amy Howard’s Better With Age Salvaged Timber.
- Then I rubbed bee’s wax all over this piece (I used these two products HERE and HERE).
- Next, I painted it with Amy Howard’s Milk Paint in White.
- Then I distressed the heck out of it by sanding, scraping, and scrubbing it.
- After I was in love with how it looked, I sealed it with Polycrylic. Since I painted it with milk paint, I really wanted the finish to be waterproof, stainproof, and kid proof. So Polycrylic was a great choice. We actually sealed our concrete countertops with this stuff too.
I am seriously so thrilled with how it turned out in the end. Some of you may remember how I was going back and forth on the length of the table, and I am so glad that we went with the longer 7 foot option. It’s a little snug when walking to and fro the living room, but anything smaller would have looked too short in my opinion.
I also love how this piece just shouts character… and by the time we are done with it, I hope it will have many family memories associated with it. I know it’s only summer, but I already want it to be Thanksgiving or something already. Haha!
And I love how we can fit 10 people around this table if we really wanted to!
Now I finally have a proper space for my family and kids to sit down & enjoy each other’s company over a good home cooked meal. And you know I am super excited to style this baby!
All in all, I believe this table only cost us around $45 in wood materials to build.
That’s it for now. Can’t wait to share more projects from this little fixer upper of ours.
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