DIY: Build a Farmhouse Table
A farm style dining table is not just for the farmhouse. It can create an inviting feeling in any decor and foster a relaxed and familial atmosphere in even the most urban of settings.
For anyone who watched The Waltons - that classic television show of the 1970s - the farmhouse table was the nightly gathering spot where the family shared meals, worked through problems, and made lasting memories. While many of us are far from leading a balanced life like this make believe family from rural Virginia during the WWII, the farmhouse table may just be that nod to yesteryear that every over-scheduled family needs.
As farm style tables have grown in popularity, so have their price tags. Reclaimed wood adds a depth to the table to give it that heirloom quality, but that can drive the cost up. So if you're pining for a farmhouse style table of your own, consider building your own.
Eager to build a table to fit my large deck - and sit my family and friends - I decided to build one myself. Well, let me clarify, I hired someone to build it for me. I found some great instructions from the blog, Shanty-2-Chic (http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/06/fancy-x-farmhouse-table.html), that show you how to make a table for as little as $65.00. My table cost a couple of hundred of dollars, as I opted for a heartier wood at Home Depot, and I decided to add the apron ends at the end of the table. Also, my table measures over 9' long, and while I plan to add Belgium wicker chairs, we built two benches in the interim.
I sanded out and rough spots after it was built, and then added a deep brown stain and Marine protective varnish.