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My first blog: How to build your own Farmhouse table…for cheap!

BytheF2QyHJ6FDKNGrbanc

Sep 1, 2010
My first blog How to build your own Farmhouse table...for cheap!

First off- I will have to give credit to my tutorial- the little red house for giving me the idea.  So here’s what I did:
My inspiration:

My first blog How to build your own Farmhouse table...for cheap!

Step 1:  Found a cheap table on Craigslist with good looking legs 🙂   Sand the legs so you can apply the stain.
Try to get something with quality-at least solid wood table top since you will be screwing into it.
Step  2:  Get wood! I went with cheap stuff from home depot- I believe it was pine.  I wanted mine 3.5ft wide and 6ft long so I needed 7 6ft boards.  (I bought 8 because they come in 12ft boards and I asked Home Depot to cut them in half for me).
Step 3:  Lay out the pine planks on the existing tabletop to make sure you have the right measurements and the overhang on each side of the existing table top is the same. Screw in the planks one by one from underneath the existing table (we made pilot holes and used 2 inch screws and about 3 screws per plank.)

My first blog How to build your own Farmhouse table...for cheap!Step 4:  Distress!  I took a hammer and flat head screwdriver to beat the ends of the planks down and make a few scratches and dents on the planks.  I lightly sanded these down after.My first blog How to build your own Farmhouse table...for cheap!Step 5.  The stain! This was the most time consuming part for me..mainly because I was trying to get it perfect!  I was looking for the weathered barnwood look from Restoration hardware. I tried steel wool pads soaked in vinegar (Steel Wool/Vinegar Stain) which most people do but …. 1. it smelled up my house 2.  mine would begin to turn red  (if you leave it soak too long) and wasn’t a consistent color on each plank. 3. the color changes when you apply a polyurethane/sealer.
So….here’s my concoction:
1/4 pint   Medium Gray Paint (I used satin finish Royal Interiors from Ace Hardware D36-5)
1/4 pint   Tobacco Glaze (Ralph Lauren Glaze- Tobacco but they matched it Sherwin williams)
2 or 3 tsp  of Milk Paint (I used Milk Paint Oyster White and Slate because I already had these)
Dont quote me on the amounts but you can mess with it until you get the right color (if you want it darker add more glaze).
It doesnt look to pretty in the container (like dirty mud water) but it works!
ALWAYS test the color before lathering up your table.
Step 6:   Apply your color to your table top and legs. I wanted mine a little more worn in after I applied the paint so I took a small brush and applied the Tobacco glaze (above) on the ends of the planks and on the legs.

Step 7:  Seal your color-  I didn’t want any shine on the table so I used a dead flat polyurethane finish which I could only find by Benjamin Moore (unfortunately not cheap!). I applied 2 coats of this and then I was done.

Final product:  I added some thrift store chairs.

My first blog How to build your own Farmhouse table...for cheap!