I’m soooo excited to share with you how our DIY Farmhouse table turned out!
As I mentioned before we had to sell our original farmhouse table we hand-built when we moved, so back to the drawing board we went. Everyone dreams of moving into their first home and buying brand NEW furniture, décor and such, so did we…
Until we went shopping for a new table.
There was no way I was going to spend $1000 on a table. So we looked on Craigslist and came across this little gem.
My husband was convinced that with some paint and a little work it would turn into something we’d love.. so we brought it home.
This solid oak table was dated and the base of the table was split down the middle. The table was supposed to slide apart to expand, however, only the top moved apart and the bottom was stuck together. We were actually told a gentleman handmade this table years ago.
With a little determination, I knew this table would turn out how I envisioned it in my head.
Here are the steps to refurbishing an old oak table similar to the one above.
Gather Your Supplies
3M 80 grit Sand Paper
3M 150 grit Sand Paper
3M 220 grit Sand Paper
3M 400 grit Sand Paper
Varathane KONA Wood stain
Varathane Semi-Gloss Polyurethane
Americana Décor Chalky Finish Everlasting
Americana Décor Crème Wax
1 Paint Brush
3 Foam Brushes
The first thing you want to do before starting is to give your table a nice little scrubbing. We have kids and we used our table for a few months before we had time to conquer this project, so a good cleaning was a must. Now it’s time to move your table outside or into your garage.
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It’s Time To Sand Your New Farmhouse Table
You can start by sanding the top or the base of the table, whichever you prefer. We started by sanding the base of the table. Flip the table upside down so you don’t have to hunch under the table.
We may or may not have crawled under the table for a good 10-15 minutes before it dawned on us that we should flip it upside down so we don’t kill our backs, lol.
It’s time to get out your sandpaper. We took a piece of 80 grit sandpaper and began hand sanding the base of the table. It’s surprising how fast most of the varnish came off. Next, use the 150 grit followed by the 220 and then 400 grit sandpaper for a nice smooth finish.
You can use any combination of sandpaper, that is just our preferred method and it works quite well. The lower the grit the more course and grittier the sandpaper will be. We tried starting out with the 150 but switched to the 80 because it wasn’t taking off all the varnish.
Once you’ve finished sanding use a cloth to wipe off all the excess dust. Any old piece of cloth will work. Then use a tack cloth to wipe down the base thoroughly. If you haven’t used a Tack cloth before it might just become your new best friend.
These cloths are awesome, minus the texture of the cloth itself, you’ll know what I mean once you use one. These little tack cloths are great for picking up any dust on your project before you start staining. I use them all the time and they are pretty cheap on Amazon.
Now it’s time to flip over the table and sand the top. This is where the electric sander comes into play. Use the same method with the sandpaper and the electric sander, 80, 150, 220 and 400 grit. I think it took around two hours to get all the varnish off both the top and the base of the table.
When Staining Your DIY Project…Wear Gloves
Now on to the fun stuff!! Let’s see this table transform.
You can use any color of stain on the top of the table. We used Varathane KONA Wood Stain. I personally love this color stain. We have used this color on multiple projects so it’s always our go-to stain.
Don’t forget, I highly recommend wearing gloves. Either pick up some cheap plastic gloves or if all else fails use the gloves you use for washing dishes. You’ll be thankful you used gloves when you’re done!
We taped off the table before staining the top so we wouldn’t get the stain on the rest of the table. Now dip your rag into the stain and start spreading it over the table.
Make sure to use a cloth that doesn’t have fuzz all over it, such as cotton.
Cover the table with stain using long strokes that follow the grain pattern. Let the stain sit for 5-10 minutes then use another cloth to wipe all the excess stain off. Repeat by adding more stain until you achieve your desired color!
Keep the weather in mind if you are staining outside. The temperature plays a role in how fast stain will or won’t dry. Stain doesn’t dry well if it’s hot and humid out or if it’s too cold. Once you get your desired shade then you are done with the top.
All About That Base, Painting That Is
I knew I wanted a white base for our table so I decided to experiment with chalk paint. I went to Home Depot and bought the color Everlasting by Americana Décor.
I love how it turned out.
I ended up putting 3 coats on the base of the table before I got the desired look I was going for.
What I love about chalk paint is by the time I had the first coat on I could start with the second. Chalk paint only takes 15 minutes to dry. When I was done painting I did one coat of Crème Wax just to seal the table. It goes on so easy and it dries almost immediately.
Chalk paint tip: One benefit of using chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand before painting. I sanded our whole table before deciding to use chalk paint.
Finishing Touches On Your DIY Farmhouse Table
Finally, its time to poly the table. We like to use Varathane brand Polyurethane with a semi-gloss finish. This is our go-to poly because of the smooth finish it leaves and how easy it is to apply with a foam brush. We did 3 coats to make sure it had extra protection since it’s a kitchen table.
If there are any rough spots in between applying the coats you can lightly sand it using 400 grit sandpaper. Make sure to follow the wait times on the can in between applying the coats and enjoy your new farmhouse table!
This project came about because we didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new farmhouse table. We are all about saving money and we love a good project!
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