AThanks for stopping by my friends! I have to start off by saying that this was definitely the project that I had planned for this week but now that it is finished I am beyond thrilled with the result. When you frequent thrift stores as much as I do, you will see items sit and sit due to the thrift stores thinking they are worth a million dollars. Well, after they realize that it’s really not going to sell at their astronomical prices some will mark it 50-75% off to move it quickly. I guess I went on the right day because this table was marked 75% off and I scored it for $13.75. Here is the table right after I bought it. Chester of course had to check it out. And I also found this bench for $30 the same day. This porch swing I had bought a while back for $20 and was saving it for this very occasion. I’m using some affiliate links of some places where you can find some of the things that I used for this project as well as a place where you can find an amazing wood porch swing of your own.
I’ve been wanting a large patio table and our tight budget would never allow me to buy one brand new so guess what?…thinking outside the box is my game. I figured if I added my own wood top that I could make it longer and more my style. I kind of became disinterested in my old round glass patio table and chairs, which are nice don’t get me wrong, but there is just something about a large wood farmhouse table that gives me butterflies. Of course the obsessive project person that I am, I didn’t waste any time. I began right away by measuring the top of my table to see how many boards I would need and of what size. I ended up getting 4- 2x10x8′ boards. I didn’t cut any off because I knew that if i had a little hanging off at each end that it would make my table all the larger. I first painted the table base with White Dove Benjamin Moore color matched to Behr brand paint. Why color matched you may ask? Well, Behr Paint is easier on my budget and since they color match, what better than to save a buck or $15. I also laid the boards on the table top to make sure the size was what I wanted. They were perfect!
I sanded the boards with my DeWalt sander that you can find here, and wiped them all down to get the dust off and ready for stain. When I was at Home Depot I found the coolest stuff. It’s called white wash pickling stain…you can also find it here. I thought I would try it and am so glad that I did!!! I LOVE how the boards turned out!. I started by wiping all of the boards down with the white wash pickling stain and then to finish off the boards I wiped them all with weathered oak stain on top of the white wash stain. Oh baby, do I love these and am so glad that I found this white wash stain!!
After the painting, sanding, and staining was all finished came the fun part…putting the table together. I measured to make sure my boards were on the table evenly on both sides and then glued them to the table top with liquid nails. I know boards tend to warp sometimes so to limit the warping my hubs was sweet enough to screw them into the table from the bottom of the table AND screw in 1×4’s along each end of the table. He even stained my 1×4’s to match the table top so they would not be as noticeable. I have the best husband! He is so good to me! I cut and painted blocks of wood that had a little curve to them and then painted them to match the table. I attached them to the ends to hide the screws that were showing that hold the original table together (as you see here). I then sealed the entire table, top and base, 2x with water based polyacrylic.
Then the super duper best part for me is always decorating my project after its finished. And my friends, I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this old porch swing and bench that I found! It surely all came together and believe it or not, I only spent $85 total (on the bench, table, and boards to refinish for the top) this week on this whole patio renovation. I had most of the supplies such as other furniture, decor, paint, liquid nails, and screws on hand. My table ended up costing $55 total with the cost of lumbar. I’d say, not too bad for an amazing farmhouse table!
I’d love to hear what you think of my farmhouse table. I hope you love my little tutorial and that maybe some day you can make a farmhouse table of your own! For more photos and projects, I would love for you to follow along on Instagram and Facebook too.