Antique Inspired Dining Table


July 22, 2015 by Terry

I wouldn’t say that my home is “farmhouse” style but I do have a few farmhouse inspired pieces.


To be honest, I’m not really sure I have nailed down a name for exactly what my decorating style is.  I have a love for a few different styles and my home is a mixture of all of them.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now you know my issue with finding and keeping a dining room table that I “love, love”.

For those of you just beginning to get to know me, well … lets just say … I have a “history” with dining tables!    (check that out here)



A couple of years ago now I purchased a beautiful dining set that included a sideboard and china cabinet.  I kept the sideboard but have sold the china cabinet as I did not have the space for it.

11920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 051

The table and six chairs were in rough condition.  The chairs were wobbly and missing some of the support pieces.  I was able to save 2 of the chairs and give them a bit of a new life.

1920's chair 5

The table had six beautiful carved legs … hand turned balusters resting on ball feet.  Sadly, all the support pieces were either missing or broken and what good is a table if it is wobbly and missing parts right?  The tabletop itself wouldn’t have been a difficult fix as there were only a few deep scratches and water rings on it but … I envisioned something different.

So I salvaged the legs from the table and kept them aside for the longest time not sure what I wanted to make of them.  Then one day I had the urge to build something and decided it was time to make those legs into a table.

I started by painting them with MMS Milk Paint.  I was hoping for a chippy reaction from the paint and chipping is exactly what I got!

11After painting the legs I built a frame for the tabletop to rest on, I painted it as well and attached the legs with metal brackets.

I wanted the table to be more “farmhouse”style rather  than “elegant dining room” style.  I wanted it to be pretty yet every day friendly.

Rough cut planks were used to create the tabletop.  I wanted the table to be long and narrow so  I made it  6 inches narrower than the standard rectangular dining table .

I sanded the rough cut wood smooth and used MMS Antiquing wax to finish it.  This both stained the wood and sealed it and I love the way it looks.

I wanted the tabletop to be full of texture and imperfections.  Using rough cut wood gives it farmhouse character and the legs give it the antique charm.

3I paired the table with antique dining chairs that I have had for quite sometime and a chippy primitive antique bench that I had.  I painted the bench to match.

10518I don’t know how long the bench will stay, but the kids are enjoying it for now.  I do want to distress it a little more.  It was very chippy before and was quite pretty but the salmon colored paint just didn’t fit with my decor.

We are loving this table!  I know, I know … I’ve said it before!  In fact I built this table to actually sell in my booth with no intentions of keeping it, that is until I brought it in the house to stage it for pictures!

Even the kids were in love with it!  So we decided to “try it on” for a while and I took the table we were using to my booth instead.  There is no going back now as it sold right away!

I have to say I am content for now with this table.  It is just the right size for our large family and I think it fits in well with my decor.

79I do know that it still isn’t my forever table though. I’m sure I will know it when I see it and then this one will make the treck to my booth as well.



Linking this table up to:

French Country Cottage

Anderson & Grant

Lou Lou Girls

Pink When

DIY Show Off

Stone Gable


12 thoughts on “Antique Inspired Dining Table

  1. lindaglovinghome says:

    Terry….This has to be your forever table! It’s beautiful! It has so much character. It would be hard to find anything more worthy than this one. Doesn’t it just feel right? Well to me anyway. Looks perfect to me.


    • Terry says:

      Hello Linda :0)! I would like to say that it is my forever table … but what if I say that and then it ends up not being “it”? I’m having trouble committing!! Ahhhhh! ha ha
      Yes, it does feel right and it does have beautiful character. I will probably hang on to it for quite some time. To be honest I have been admiring the Restoration Hardware dining tables for quite some time and have been trying to save up for one … the saving part isn’t going so well since things like school supplies creeps up or hockey fees etc. comes along and steals the extra cash. Oh well! Can’t hurt to dream :0) This is where the “I should be content with what I have” voice comes in! ha ha
      Thank you for the chat Linda!

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  2. Not only is the table stunning, but that room is magazine worthy. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Why name your style anything but that?


  3. Agree the whole room looks stunning! I’m trying so hard not to buy a new kitchen table as the one I have is perfectly functional, this post has not helped!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you for the compliment! If you are considering a new table, browse Restoration Hardware and you will be inspired for sure! Thank you for popping in!


      • I can’t possibly look at Resto Hardware, I get terribly envious at all the beautiful things that don’t deliver here… I have the same problem with Pottery Barn! Have a great week x


      • Terry says:

        W H A T ? ? ? NO restoration hardware there???? I thought that most certainly it would be there! We are a sad bunch you and I … You can’t have it because of location and I can’t have it because of funds … no funds. Poor us! Maybe someday when I win the lotto I will bring you something :0) …. Ahhh dreams!


      • Just looking online now… I’ve never realised how expensive it is, I guess because whenever I go in I’m travelling and mindful of a trip home in a suitcase…so have only picked up small trinkets. We really lack homeware stores like that here.


      • Terry says:

        Yes, they are a little out of my usual price range … but the quality is impressive! You need a bigger suitcase :0)


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