Hello and Welcome to Dakota Creek Chic!
I am so excited to be writing my first blog entry for Dakota Creek Chic. I am even more excited to share with you my version of Ana White’s Farmhouse Table.
Seriously, If I can build this table….ANYONE can!
Ana has great video tutorials on her site that explain how to use power tools, which tools are best to use and I am so happy that I took the leap of faith and dove into this project, because the end result is better than I could have ever imagined.
I have to tell you that I had used a circular saw, one time, many years ago…and I was super nervous about the saw part of this project. In fact I told my hubby right before making my first cut–
“If I don’t come back in the house within 5 minutes,
PLEASE come check on me…I may have lost a limb!”
I am such a rookie that I didn’t even look at the boards at the big box store…I just took the top boards off the piles and bolted out as fast as I could. I laugh now, but I was so worried someone would look at me and think…
THAT GIRL HAS NO CLUE WHAT SHE IS DOING
The truth hurts!!
But, I can say after a project like this…I gained experience and I am coming back for more!!
It all started here…..
This farmhouse table design is inspired by the Restoration Hardware version
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t drooled over this table…I also don’t know anyone that has forked out
Three Thousand Dollars!$!$!
Now for less than $150 and about 20 hours of my time…I get to enjoy dinner here tonight–
Here are a few of my “Rookie Road Blocks,” avoid these and the project is even simpler!
For starters: What saw should I buy?????
You could realistically build this entire table with only a $40 circular saw, but I opted for a small hobby table saw. I chose this saw because it seemed the most versatile by allowing me to perform rip, cross and miter cuts (future projects in mind already and I have not even started).
Next: To fill or not to fill???????
When you buy “green” lumber, you need to consider that the wood will change shape and size as it dries out. I bought douglas fir framing lumber and my total bill for wood, glue and screws was $108. The boards actually felt wet when I bought them…and I already told you how much time I took selecting each individual board–None!
So after all was said and done, I took about a week staining samples and it was actually a blessing in disguise, because a week later my table had GAPS! Big GAPS, like lots of icky rotten food stuck in there Gaps.
Everything I read made me think NO ONE filled the gaps…what’s the point of a RUSTIC FARMHOUSE TABLE right?
BUT, the practical side of me kept imagining all the gunk…and how crappy the table would look always being dirty…obviously I am a Mom to small kids.
So….despite everything I read, I decided to fill the gaps with stainable wood filler. And let me tell you, three trips to the store later, I had finally purchased a quantity that could handle the job
Here is the filled gap-pre-stain table
NOW I AM SERIOSLY PANICKING….but my advise here is when you think you have sanded enough…sand for another 2 hours….a lot of sanding here so I had wood filler only in the gaps
Here is a closer look at the finished version to give you a better idea if you agree with filling the gaps
I do not regret the decision one bit!
Lastly: To Distress…or Not Distress??????
I watched tutorial after tutorial about distressing, read blog upon blog about finishes. In my heart of hearts I am still picturing Restoration Hardware’s version…but no matter what stains I tried, I was never going to be happy with the whitewashed look. I just could not recreate it.
So here comes a big shout out to Shanty-2-Chic. Check out their Fancy Farmhouse Table–BEAUTIFUL!!
I went with the Early American Rustoleum Finish that these sisters use on a lot of their projects featured on their blog.
AND I AM SOOOO HAPPY I DID!!! I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS FINISH
It’s so elegant and still Rustic…and did I say I LOVE IT?
I used Minwax wood conditioner first
Then Early American–1 coat
And finally Polyurethane–I went with water based (dries fast) and Satin Finish
1 coat to entire table and 3 coats to table top
I sanded with fine sanding block between coats–very lightly!!
Please share your links to your own tables after you take the plunge, I would love to hear about your experience! And if you gained anything from this blog post, I hope if was a sense of knowing that this is an absolutely doable project for someone with little to no experience and loads of determination!!
Next up…Reupholstering chairs to match…stay tuned!