DIY Farmhouse Dining Table

The table is finished! Woo-hoo! It’s the size of the Last Supper table! But that’s okay! I suppose calling it a DIY Farmhouse Dining Table is a little better than the Last Supper Table.

We wanted rustic. Classic. Farmhouse, as we live in an old farmhouse. Buying a solid wood table in this style instead of an MDF/fiberboard/veneer table would have cost nearly $1k. That was so never going to happen. One trip to the lumber yard, and here we are.

The legs are 4x4s, the top is made from 1x6s. To give it a little character, the husband pounded horseshoe nails into the top at regular intervals. (Horseshoe nails look similar to old cut nails for less than half the price. You’re welcome.)

The bronze chairs look perfect with the table and definitely give an old mismatched farm vibe. I’m too cheap to buy 8 dining chairs, so 4 chairs + a bench it is.

The stain is Rustoleum Carbon Gray, and let me tell you. I never learn. My whole life I’ve used Minwax wood stains and for some reason thought now was the time to change. The blue media console should have taught me a lesson, but no. Of course not. I went right out and bought more Rustoleum stain. This stain is opaque and sinks in instantly. The bench looks like I painted it gray, not stained it.

To stain the table I diluted the stain 2:1 to get it to look right. But it’s all done. All together, dining table + bench + chairs, the total cost was around $300. Not too shabby.

You may be wondering why the table is in a carpeted area. Allow me to explain. The kitchen in this house is infinitesimally tiny. So small. If I bend over to get something out of the cabinet across from the oven, my butt hits the oven. (A smaller butt would help, but we’re not talking about that today.) At one point the living room was two rooms – a living room and dining room. Someone knocked a few walls down and made one gigantic living room. Hence, the table in the living room.

Under the carpet in this half of the living room lies old, old linoleum in a color that can best be described as Irish Spring soap green. Oh yes. They covered 100 year old hardwood with linoleum. That wrong will be righted at some point, but not today.

See you later!