FarmhouseTable

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.

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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…..

Restoration Hardware Farmhouse Table

   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–

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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

To Fill or Not to Fill

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

Close Up Fill

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

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It’s so elegant and still Rustic…and did I say I LOVE IT?

I used Minwax wood conditioner first

 Minwax Wood Conditioner

Then Early American–1 coat

Rustoleum Early American

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!!

Minwax Polycrylic

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!!

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Next up…Reupholstering chairs to match…stay tuned!

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    • Thanks Grace!! You really should. It is so worth it!! :-). thanks for taking a look and taking the time to leave a comment here on my blog!

  1. After reading your profile, is like we are the same person….hahaha. So im following you. The table is to die for, one of this days, I will try it. Congrats

    • Ah, listen to you…so sweet :-). Thanks!! Glad you like it. You should definitely try it!!

  2. This table is gorgeous! I like the finish a lot. I’ve been trying to talk my husband into helping me build one of these tables, but he’s convinced it’ll be too difficult. I love that this can be built with so few “big” tools. Great job!

    • Like I said in my post, if I can do this, anyone can! If he has questions, tell him to email me :-). I’ll help with the convincing, haha!
      Shawna

      PS thanks for stopping by :-)

  3. Your table is beautiful! I agree with you to fill the gaps. I have an antique dining table with some cracks and it’s no fun cleaning food out of them with a toothpick. I’m inspired to make one with longer legs to make it taller for a craft table. Great job!

    • Thanks Karina :-)…I have had a little cracking of the wood filler on one board, I think do to it drying out more. (builder grade lumber is typically pretty “wet” when you buy it). I just went through and did another layer of wood filler, stained and sealed the wood filler only with a super tiny paint brush and you can’t even tell. The rest of the table I have not had any issues with. I still say it’s worth it!!
      Shawna

  4. I can see why this inspired you to start your blog! It’s beautiful.

    By the way, I noticed this was your first post. You started your blog almost exactly a month and a half before I started mine (June 18th).

    Hurray for new bloggers!
    :)

    • Thanks Annie, you are too sweet! Yes, new blogger :-) Learning something new every day right?
      Shawna

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