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)
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.
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!
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.
I 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.
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