Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our Farmhouse Kitchen Table





Here it is, our big farmhouse table that Neal built us and I couldn't be happier with it! I've always wanted a big rustic table for everybody to sit around and we finally have it. I hope to someday find the perfect antique one but until that day this one will do just fine.




I was determined to make ours look old and started by giving Eli a hammer and grabbing my crowbar. We then got busy hitting the table top, Eli got the biggest kick out of the fact that he was allowed to hit the furniture with a hammer. After I felt it looked damaged enough I stained the top with one coat of Minwax Dark Walnut stain. The legs and aprons are painted Martha Stewart's Bone Folder.




Then I applied a heavy coating of Minwax Finishing Wax on the areas that I wanted to be able to easily sand, mainly the areas that a table would have extra wear like the edges.




Then I painted the table top with multiple coats of the Bone Folder not letting any of the stain show through. After it had thoroughly dried I used my mouse sander to distress the paint. I still need to apply a coat of polycrylic to the top but my picture taking window is very small these days so I figured it could wait.




















It was funny because I knew I wanted a big long bench for the one side of the table but figured I would have to scour the flea market or have Neal build us one. But lo and behold on my way home from the grocery store on the weekend that Neal built the table I spotted this white bench for sale on the side of the road.




 When I pulled into the driveway of the house where the bench was for sale I decided to myself that $30 was the maximum I would pay for the bench. No one came outside so I called the number on the bench and just as I was leaving a message a lady came outside. She said she wanted $40 for the bench and I told her I didn't want to spend that much. Disappointed I got back into my car. On the drive home I started to think why didn't I just buy it for the $40, what's $10 right? What if I never saw the right bench again, one that was already shabby and white? But I really try to stick to the price I get in my head because it keeps me from overspending and then hating myself for it later. All I could do was hope that no one else came along and bought the bench for $40 and that the nice lady would call me back accepting my offer, I knew she had my phone number because I had left it on my message. Well I guess the bench was meant to be ours because she did call me back accepting my offer of $30!







I wanted the table to be large enough for a lot of people to be able to sit at it and still have room for food or a board game in the center. We had everyone here for Halloween and we had plenty of room for all of the food. For now I have an old tool caddy in the center to hold our salt and pepper, napkins and silverware. The ironstone pitcher is a gift from my mom, she took me antique shopping to one of my favorite shops Romantique Boutique  and to dinner for a belated birthday celebration. Millie was born the week of my birthday so we weren't able to do much then. Neal likes to joke that the week of Millie's and my birthday will forever be an expensive one for him:)




And some pictures of the family room just because the sunshine coming in today is so pretty.





















I mentioned a few months ago that we had started working on the small bathroom between the kitchen and dining room, well that was put on the back burner for a while. However, I have finally been able to get back to working on it. While Millie naps I have been taking down the plaster and lathe and you know how I love demo work! As far as I am concerned there is nothing better than making the gross go away! I will keep you updated on our progress, hopefully this weekend we will get the tub out of here.






24 comments:

  1. A sua casa está cada vez mais bonita!! A mesa ficou simplesmente maravilhosa, num estlo rustico nórdico... Fiquei com vontade de transformar a mesa que tenho na minha casa de campo:):):) Hugs, Manuela

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  2. I LOVE !! your farm table Megan. . you and Eli did a good job. My old farm table is one of my favorite things. I admire you being able to stick to your guns on the amount you are willing to spend. I need to practice that myself. Too many times I walked away and then talked myself into it, went back and it was gone. . . I'm doing that right now with a fireplace mantel. . . I hope it was* meant to be mine* . . .stay warm. . .~d

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  3. Your home is so gorgeous! I just love looking at the light shining through so beautifully. You must really enjoying living in this space. Did you make the quilt hanging over your sofa? I love it!

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  4. wunderschöne bilder!!! danke für die inspirationen!!! liebe grüße und einen schönen abend von angie aus deutschland

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  5. I love your farm table!!!

    Kathy

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  6. Hi Megan, I love your new table. I have wanted a similar one for years. I'm now thinking about sanding back our current one. I also want a bench seat. The one you got is perfect. It was just meant to be! Love your family room too. :) Julie

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  7. Perfect timing for Thanksgiving. Your husband is very good at what he does, just like you! I got a laugh from your comment, love making the gross go away . . . I'm with you there. Still have a lot of "gross" in this house I want gone!

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  8. I never tire of looking at your beautiful home! The table looks great and I can only imagine how much fun it was to beat it with a hammer!

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  9. Megan, I love your home. I am getting so attached to farm-house style even though I live in a Victorian, but it's not a fancy one so think I could pretend someday. My dining room table is just like yours, it came out of an old miner's cottage and had sat in water at one point so had to cut some off the bottom of the legs that was rotted. My SIL is over 6 feet so it is hard for him to sit for dinner for very long!!. It is dark wood and I have been wanting to paint it white but thought the straight legs wouldn't look as good as turned legs. But I was wrong and now I can do it. So happy I saw yours..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  10. Love your home and that table is perfect. How lucky to find the perfect bench.

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  11. I love your decor... Farmhouse country is one of my favorites! So glad the owner of the bench called you back! That was meant to be paired with your awesome table !

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  12. Love your table Megan! Love your ironstone pitcher from Romantique Boutique too! I picked out some ironstone plates from there and my son got them for my birthday! We will be up there in Erie for thanksgiving so can't wait to get them! I may try and stop by there to see what other goodies they have - I still have some leftover bd money to spend! Love all the pics of your beautiful home!

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  13. Your farmhouse home is beautiful. Love that table.

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  14. The table is perfect for your beautiful home!

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  15. just beautiful ~ I can feel the love and warmth of it all ~ Happy Holidays !

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  16. Your table is beautiful and perfect for your home. The bench looks like it was just meant to be there also. Your home is SO awesome. I just bought a VERY small farmhouse and so your blog is such an inspiration for me to look at and read. I just love each and every post.

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  17. Curious if you painted your chairs white????? I have been wondering how much of a pain it is with all the detail.....I have some bar stools that look like your chairs that need some help

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    1. Yes I did! You are right, it is a pain but worth the time and effort!

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  18. OMG! I have been searching for that exact three pendent light you have in your living room. Where did you find it? Gorgeous home. Beautifully done!

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    1. Thank you!!! The three pendent light that is hanging in our family room is from Lowes and is made by Allen and Roth.

      allen + roth Bristow 36-in W 3-Light Mission Bronze Kitchen Island Light with Clear Shade
      Item #: 339927 | Model #: 34534

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  19. Love your home! Where can I find that chandelier?

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  20. Looooove your home!! where did you find your white chairs around your dining room table?? I've been looking everywhere for those!!

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  21. is the couch an IKEA Ektorp sectional with the risane natural slipcovers??

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