When I complete a project, I always have a sense of satisfaction. Sometimes I’m happier with the outcome than others. And, I’ve had my share of DIY disasters over the years – most of which you won’t find here! Today was one of those days that I was giddy with happiness when I put the final brush stroke of paint on this DIY farmhouse tabletop that Mark built and I finished.
I’ve had the “idea” of building a farmhouse tabletop to attach to the base of our table, but I sometimes have a hard time explaining my “ideas” to my husband – the builder! There are times I have an idea and I go on and on telling him all about it, and he just stares at me blankly! That’s where visual aids come in handy. So, here’s the visual aid I showed Mark to explain my vision.
This is the Baroque Parquet rectangular table from Restoration Hardware. It’s a very grand table and would never fit in my house, but it’s the look of that style tabletop on our trestle table base that I was going for.
For the table top, we used four 1″ x 12″ pine boards 6 feet long and a 1″ x 6″ board cut to size running horizontally at each end to create the 7 ft. long table top. Then Mark made a skirt using 1″ x 3″ pine boards. The entire table was put together with pocket holes and screws using a Kreg Jig and it’s solid. The finished skirt fits snuggly over the existing trestle base.
Once Mark had the table top assembled, I sanded the entire piece to make sure there were no rough edges. Then I used a mixture of Rustoleum Weathered Gray and Minwax Dark Walnut stains for the table top. Once the stain had cured, I applied two coats of Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane. I gave the table base a fresh coat of white paint – Maison Blanche Magnolia.
If you are looking for good tutorials and plans for building your own farmhouse table or table top, there are a few sources that I can recommend: Ana White and Shanty 2 Chic. These amazing ladies really know their way around a workshop and have building plans that are easy to follow.
Like I said at the beginning of the post, I was so excited when I finished the table and I had to share it with someone, so I did a short Periscope video that you can watch HERE. A few of my blogging friends where there live to share in my excitement! I’ll be back later this week with more new in the dining room!