Our Recycled Farm Table

Slowly but surely, we’re changing things in our home one-by-one to reflect our new style.  One of the items that’s been on the top of the list for quite awhile is our kitchen table.
I mean, it was fine.  It served its purpose.  But it certainly does not tie in at all to the style we’re going for in our kitchen (modern farmhouse) so it was time for a facelift.

See all of those lines on top of the table?  Yeah.  Those are all little crevices and they caught every crumb from every meal and had to be cleaned with a vacuum, of all things!  Not only that, but I’ve been longing for a table that seats more than six.  So I kindly batted my eyes one day and said to the hubby “do you think we could just rip the top off of the table, lengthen the base and add new pine boards on to the top?”  He answered with a yes, without knowing that his “yes” now meant he needed to get it done.
So a couple of weeks ago construction on our “new” farm table began.  He started by taking the entire table apart, being careful to keep all of the base parts in tact to be reused and recycled.

He then began rebuilding the base onto the back of our 4 new 12″ pine boards.
We brought the entire set up in the house to see if it would work and we loved it.  The table was now 2″ wider and 12″ longer.  We went from a 72″ tabletop that sat 6 to a 90″ tabletop that now comfortably seats 8.  Woot!  Woot!
I wasn’t sure which stain I was going to use so I brought them both home with me:  English Chestnut and Special Walnut.  I even applied a pre-stain for the first time.  I’ve never done it on any previous projects and I’m not really sure if it makes a difference or not, but I really wanted this table to turn out well so it was worth the investment for me.

I tested the stain on a scrap piece of pine and eventually decided to apply the English Chestnut first, and then went over it with two coats of Special Walnut to dirty up the color a bit.
**Note: you should always test your stain on a sample of the exact wood you’re going to use to ensure proper coverage, stain color and for application practice.

Once I had all of the stain applied, I decided it looked too perfect.  After it was thoroughly dry, I actually went back over the entire surface with a hand sander exposing the grain and making it look a little worn in certain places, especially the corners.

It was at this point, before I applied the polyurethane, that I questioned whether I should make it look old by weathering it with vinegar and steel wool so it would look like this instead:
Life of Splendor
You know?  That old gray wood look.  I love that!  I may still do it at some point, but for now it still looks like this:

And for the few days it was outside being worked on by me, we sat at our kitchen table like this:

Yes, that’s a card table sitting on top of the base.  You gotta do watcha gotta do!
Here’s the table reassembled and proudly sitting back in our kitchen before I painted the base:

You can clearly see the extension piece that had to be inserted toward the middle to lengthen the table, in addition to spreading out the legs.
And here is the table now, all stained, polyurethaned (interesting adjective, ey?) and painted:

I applied 3 coats of clear satin water-based polyurethane over the entire top of the table, sides and all.  In the photo below, you can see on the corner how I sanded it down a bit so it appears a little worn, like an old farmhouse table might look.

This entire project cost us about $55 in new supplies, including pine boards, screws, stain, polyurethane, pre-stain, and wood filler.  Not bad for a new, larger farm-style table!  Wouldn’t you agree?

I still might rough up the paint on the base and distress it a bit and I’m still considering weathering the pine to a dull gray at some point.  Part of me still thinks it looks a little too perfect!  What do YOU think?

Thank you for reading!


**UPDATE ON THIS PROJECT:  Check out what we made with our old tabletop!

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  1. Nice job! Love the new look.

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  3. The farm table looks great!

  4. I think the table looks awesome. It looks totally different and you can’t beat that price.

    I think you should live with the top how it is for a bit and then decide later if you’d like to weather the top further. But the legs? I’d distress those babies in a heartbeat. We have a similar looking table with a wood top and white, round legs and they’re all scuffed up (on purpose) on the edges, etc. I love it! Although it probably would have been easier to do before you sealed it. :S

    Either way the table will look great either way! :)

  5. Hi Laura,
    Nice job, it looks great! The choice not to use steel wool/vinegar was a good one. Trust me, I’ve done it and it’s not easy! The finish is much more rustic and not as “pretty” as what you have achieved. You’re sure blessed to have such a handy husband! xo

  6. I love it! You and your husband did a fantastic! It looks very farmhousey! I know you are going to get a lot of compliments!


  7. Amazing results!! Well done! Found you on the Vintage Wanna Bee’s Saturday Blog Hop! Following along now. Hope you can make it over to the Little Shack for a visit too!

  8. Wow – looks GREAT!! I love that you were able to use the old base!!! Both a time saver and money saver!!!

    Looks fantastic! Found you at tatertots and jello…


  9. Perfect! Just love it!

  10. I think it looks gorgeous. If it were in my house it would be ‘weathered’ in no time at all. By the way, did you just lay the pine boards side-by-side to make the top or did you make biscuit joins between them. I’ve been toying with making a table too, but am not sure how you join the boards together.

  11. Your table looks wonderful!Great job!

  12. Hello from your neighbor at Met Monday. I love your table. It is my dream table. Good job!!!

  13. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Don’t change it ever, it’s too beautiful What a great makeover. Visiting from NTT.

  14. Laura I love, love your “new” table!! It is a great look!

    I have a $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Soft Surroundings if you would like to enter!!

    Art by Karena

  15. Hi lovely lady.
    Wow I love it! You and your husband work great together fantastic job! It looks very farmhousey looks Beautiful in your eating area also! I know you are going to get a lot of compliments! Im your newest follow on your Blog now. I came over from Coastal Charm. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  16. Wow your table looks amazing! You guys did a great job refinishing it. I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog to check out the giveaway I’m having for a Ramsign Home Sign!

  17. Love your table, you both did a fantastic job on it! Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick!

  18. Wow! Looks like it came out of a store! I have a tile table and my boys loved coloring the grout. What a nightmare trying to scrub that stuff out! LOL Wish I had thought of this idea! Perfect solution- with extra seating!

  19. Your new farm table is absolutely beautiful!
    I’m a new follower and hope you’ll stop by.
    Mary Alice

  20. Great job, I love the top, I think the legs would look great if you roughed them up a bit- although it will probably happen naturally anyway! I like roughing legs up because then when they do get chipped from natural use I don’t notice and I don’t get upset because my paint job has been spoilt!

  21. I think it is gorgeous and totally updated! Great job.

  22. LOVE this, Laura! What a beautiful job you both did! Just gorgeous!!!

    xoxo laurie

  23. Great job on the table. Love the finish.

  24. It looks fantastic! And hooray for recycling. :-)

    (Stopping by from Not Just A Housewife)

  25. beautiful job! the top is so warm and glowy and cozy! and glowy is a word in my dialect. ;)

  26. I love this, I have been debating puttin boards on top of my existing table or taking it apart but after seeing this I think I will take apart

  27. looks fabulous! job well done!

  28. wow, I’m so impressed. I love that table. (Just found your blog-following you now.)

  29. I looks beautiful! I love the color the wood ended up being and how it pops against the white base.

    Christine @ Park House Love

  30. I love this! I have a table that has tile inset and the crumbs get in all the grout lines, it drives me crazy! I have been toying around with what I wanted to do for a new top for ages now. I’m pining this as top of my list for when i do mine.

  31. Perfect! Just love it!


  32. Love it! What I especially love is that you repurposed what you already have. Rather than go out and buy a new table, you were creative and it makes the table that more special. I want to make the top of our kitchen island bigger and I think I might copy your idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Beautiful job ! I’ve wanted a farmhouse table for SO long . What a great idea to reuse your exsisting base ! Visiting from Primp :)

  34. Hi, I’m visiting from Primp.
    Great table transformation.

  35. Oh my goodness, it’s gorgeous, you guys did a great job!! This is just perfect, love the white and stained top. what a great husband you have!

  36. This is impressive! We hope to see you back next week to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Thanks for coming!! -The Sisters

  37. This is gorgeous!! What a transformation.

    I’ve pinned!!

  38. Hi too funny I and my husband are making a new /old table top for our dining room table and I was just checking pintrest to see what people recommend for stain oil vs water bASE and checking out colours etc and your blog came up and really caught my eye as “Ironstone” is my maiden name and there aint too many of us LOL so naturally it made me smile wondering where/ why did you come up with that name for your page? I like it! and your table too!

  39. I have the exact same table and have been wanting to extend it for some time. Any chance you have a supply list to share with wood cuts? Thank you!

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