FINALLY!!! I have my dining room table reno into a farmhouse table complete. :) Yay! Just the table mind you. Still have 4 chairs to finish. LOL! I did buy to fabric covered chairs to take the place of the end chairs. Got to love Wayfair.com And they match our living room decor perfectly.
I have lot's of pics to share, so brace yourself...hehe!
STEP ONE: Find a used table and chairs (or redo your own if you have one). This one had a leaf which I was thrilled with because I wanted a really long table. I found this one on a local online garage sale site on Facebook in my old neighborhood. SCORE!!!
STEP 2: Locked on the leaf and then painted the base with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and waxed with clear. Sanded lightly and then waxed with a mix of light and dark wax. Polished up with the drill motor and a round brush attachment.
STEP 3: Attach pine boards. For my table I used 3 10x8's and 2 8x8's. This gave me some
over hang to widen the table about 6" and lengthen it by about a 1'. We trimmed off 3" from each
end. We also countersunk the holes about 1/4" and filled with
some oak putty I had laying around. One of the boards was a little
catty wompus, so I shimmed it up.
STEP 4: I wanted our initials carved into the top like if it was in a tree trunk.
Romantic right?!?! <3 <3 <3
I drew it out on the computer and then used a scoring tool to carve
it into the top. Pine is soft so it was real easy. Then we used at little torch to
burn the wood. Which didn't work so we used a soldering iron. We really
could have just skipped this as it didn't show through the stain anyways.
STEP 5: Now to the stain process. I used General Finishes Java Gel and their
recommended top coat. I only did one coat of stain and 3 coats of top coat. Sanding
with 320 (?) grit lightly between coats, wiping down thoroughly before the
next coat, allowing dry time of 3-4 hours. Let it completely
dry for several days before use.
I still need to get the side chairs done. I want a bench for one side, which may be another homemade
I am so thrilled with how it turned out. Exactly how I imagined.
Stay tuned for more fun projects.