Several years ago we splurged and purchased a dream Pottery Barn Farmhouse Table for the dining room. Although our previous dining room table was gorgeous, tastes change and home decor styles evolve. After all, it had been 20 years. We didn’t feel too guilty about letting it go, it was time to update!
The 3 inch thick solid reclaimed pine top paired with the wrought iron legs gave the rustic industrial look we love. If you are wondering what is holding our dinner plates you can read more about the antique galvanized chicken feeder we found at a salvage store.
It is so ironic how much our mindset has changed since purchasing that farmhouse table. Back then, the thought of actually building a farmhouse table didn’t even cross our minds. Heck, this blog was just a seed planted in our minds at that point. Of course, we have done a ton of home improvement projects since then but it wasn’t until our daughter moved into a rental house and she needed furniture when she casually mentioned that it would be nice to have a farmhouse style table. Wink. Wink. We got the hint. So, guess what we did?
Coming up with a design for her new farmhouse style table was easy. Walking by our Pottery Barn Farmhouse table every day gave us the inspiration to design a look a like table. We made modifications to the top of the table and to the legs to keep the cost down but overall it looks like a Pottery Barn hack if I’ve ever seen one.
DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Farmhouse Table
Materials we used:
- (5) 1″ x 6″ x 8 ft. Pine Wood (If you want a thicker and heavier tabletop you can use 2″ x 6″ x 8 ft. )
- (3) 2″ x 4″ x 8 ft. Trim ( for the legs of the table)
- (3) 1″ x 3″ x 8 ft. Trim ( to be nailed around the perimeter on the underside to help keep wood together)
- (2) 1″ x 4″ x 8 ft. Trim ( These are nailed horizontally to the underside of the table for stability and a place to nail the legs. The two on the end should have 57 inches in between).
- (3) 1″ x 2″ x 8 ft. Trim (for the edge trim)
- Premium cut wiping cloths
- Varathane Stain + Poly (American Walnut)
- Sanding sponge
- Any kind of interior paint you like. We used Old White Chalk paint because it was on hand. A darker color or metal looking paint would really look good too.
- Ryobi electric sander (similar)
- Finish Nails
- Kreg Jig
- Pencil to mark
- Circular saw
- Various screws
Below are the actual measurements of the Griffin Style Pottery Barn farmhouse table. Our measurements varied a bit from this due to accommodating to space in our daughters dining area but this gives you a good guide.
Stain the top of each piece of wood ( You can stain the other side if you like). Since you will be putting trim pieces on the sides, it is not necessary to stain the sides. Depending how dark you want the table, you can apply as many coats as you like. I applied 3 applications waiting about an hour in between each coat to dry. If you apply stain with a cloth instead of a brush, it will dry faster because it is absorbed into the wood much quicker.
Screw the 1″ x 3″ trim that you have cut to size around the underside of the table to hold the boards together. This also gives you an area to nail the side trim on. (The vertical board you see about 10 inches in is one of the three boards mentioned in Step 3).
Cut the (3) 1″ x 4″ to size (the width between the two trim pieces). This will be used as support for the table top and a place to anchor the legs of the table. These 3 pieces will be screwed from the underside of the table by placing them in between the two side trim pieces. If you followed the dimensions above, you will want to space the two end 1″ x 4″ trim pieces about 57 inches apart (this is where you will attach the legs of the table). The third trim simply goes in the middle of the other two. Whatever dimensions you choose, be sure to allow space on the end for chairs to be pulled up.
Start building the legs of the table. Clamp Kreg Jig onto the 2″ x 4″ wood, drill 2 pocket holes into one of your pieces of 2″ x 4″. We highly recommend the Kreg Jig!
Connect your wood pieces together with screws. Do this with all 4 pieces of wood until you have basically built a square. Repeat this process for the other leg base. This middle piece on the legs is also for sturdiness of the legs and it is part of the design of the original Pottery Barn Farmhouse table we purchased.
Attach the legs to the end support pieces of wood by screwing them in. You can paint the legs before you attach them to make it a little easier. There is about 57 inches between the legs. Just be sure there is enough room at the ends of the table to slide a chair underneath. Usually, the overhang should measure 11.75″ to 12″ on the ends.
Line the 1″ x 2″ trim pieces to the top of the table edge. Attach the trim pieces to the sides of the table with nails. Stain the trim pieces on the side to match the tabletop. (Note: in this photo the trim was placed on before we actually attached the legs of the table. Either way, it doesn’t matter if you attach the trim before or after you have attached the legs)
Using the electric sander, sand down around the edges to smooth any roughness. We wouldn’t want anyone to snag a sweater. Again, you can do this before or after you have attached the legs.
Paint the legs. I used paint that I had on hand which was Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint. After I painted the legs all white and it had completely dried, I rubbed on a coat of soft wax using a cotton cloth.
This step is optional. For the worn and rustic look, you can sand down the side corners to give it a distressed look. I like to sand after applying the wax instead of before due to the fact that it is less messy.
The finished product!
We wrapped a big ribbon around the table top and snuck it in our daughter’s house (because we are lucky she gave us a key) and put a Merry Christmas sign on it and left. She was absolutely surprised when she came home from work to her DIY pottery barn inspired farmhouse table made by us, truly!
I only wish I would have taken a more appealing and eye catching photo with the set of metal Trattoria chairs and a beautiful tablescape. Well, we will leave that to your imagination. What kind of chairs would you put around this table? I forgot to mention that our daughter and her friend built their own bench for one side and used the metal trattoria chairs.
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