For years I have wanted a solid wood, rustic farmhouse table that would comfortably seat my entire family plus space for guests.
A quick internet search would confirm an item like that is pretty pricey.
Thus we began a search for plans so Ryan could build a table for me. Even better than a purchased farmhouse table is a husband-hewn table, made with love for his family to use and enjoy many a dinner gathered ’round. Somehow it feels even more authentic.
He found a free farmhouse table and matching bench plans from http://www.anawhite.com. The dimensions seemed perfect for our size family and the design was simple and straightforward. He purchased his lumber and got to work.
It took him several weekends to complete, but that’s mostly because he never gets a full weekend to devote to any one project. There are simply too many other demands on his time.
Once the table (along with the matching benches) were complete, I sanded, stained, and applied three coats of clear coat. We chose to use a stain called Weathered Oak from Minwax. It makes the wood have a slightly grayish appearance, and we wanted the table to look like it was made from older wood. I love my new table. Our dining room still needs many finishing touches, however having this table as the focal point of the room has gone a long way towards making this space feel more put together and welcoming. We still need to order two chairs for the ends of the table. They will be farmhouse-style chairs, but I didn’t want to even try to match the stains. Instead, they will contrast and be either white or black. With the chairs, our table can seat 10-12 people. As someone with little kids, I know how quickly the dining furniture can get pretty sticky and coated with food residues. The farmhouse table would be hard to clean, especially with the grooves between boards. A dumped bowl of oatmeal, a spilled serving of tomato soup, or the two-year old smearing a pb&j around the table would quickly find those grooves filled with yucky, sticky muck that would be near impossible to scrape out. To make this table more kid- (and mom) friendly, we cover it with a $4 vinyl table cloth whenever we serve dinner at our table. The vinyl tablecloth is easy to wipe clean, then it gets folded and put away so we can enjoy the beauty of our table. Although Ryan doesn’t have very much experience with woodcraft, he did an amazing job putting this piece together for me. I am so excited to have this beautiful and charming table and I love that he took this project on to bless our family with something we will all use and make memories around for years to come.