21 June, 2010

Rustic Farmhouse Table

OK, I am such a Copy Cat!
 Last Friday morning, I came across this...

Magnificent, isn't she?  You can read the whole story of Theresa's transformation of her on her blog,
I had to make this.
I had the 4x4's from my old workroom table just lying around, begging to be transformed.
After a quick trip to Lowe's, this is where I started.

Please ignore the mess, that happens everytime I start a project.  Anyway, here's my shopping list.
4-4x4's (repurposed from worktable)
3-2x4x8 pressure treated lumber
6- 8' decking boards
1 5/8" & 3" screws
That's it!

I cut the legs a little shorter, I wasn't that comfortable with my chin on the table. I felt like a little kid at the grown up table.
I wanted this to be economical also, so I cut the top boards 32".  3 planks from each decking board. I used 2 of the 2x4's as is for the sides and cut the 3rd for the ends.  I pretty much have a 1 1/2" overhang.

Before screwing the top to the frame, I dry fitted it first.  A little adjustment here and there and she was good to go.

This project took about 2 hours, start to finish.  It would have been quicker if it weren't so dang hot and humid!  We broke it in Saturday evening with our Dinner Club.  Seats 8 with room to spare.

My table doesn't have as much history as Theresa's,  but there will be plenty of stories told while sitting around her for years to come!
ann marie


  1. love it love it love it!! I sooo want a bigger kitchen table and I want something that looks like this.. thanks for the inspiration. You make it sound so easy.

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  2. I love it, A job well done. It looks like a big ole party table, big gatherings, lots of food and drinks and lots of candle light

  3. love it!! i've been trying to find a simple way to make a rustic table for my DR to pair with modern chairs.. will totally be borrowing your idea!! thanks for sharing!!!!

  4. Are you kidding? Just like that? Great Job! It will get weathered and worn in no time and before you know it, it will be full of stories. I'm thrilled for you at how well it turned out...imagine all the great gatherings you can have now. :)


  5. Love this table!

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  6. Great table! Something I (meaning my husband) can do!
    You have a new follower.

  7. You make it sound so easy so I'll just whip this up later today : ) You have a beautiful home and now an awesome gathering space outside!!

  8. thanks anne marie! the air force has been amazing, but we are so looking forward to this new adventure in civilian world! my hubby is on terminal leave and officially retires 1 oct. we've been in atlanta area for only 2 wks.. and still feels weird! i just noticed you're living in shertz! we were stationed in san antonio, and actually consider it home.. though neither of us are from there! LOL we just loved it so much, and do hope to retire there someday. [our grandson is there] settling in atlanta as our daughter is here, working on her first album.. so we're supporting that effort. plus, it's where hubby found the job!

  9. Love this table! I want one! It looks so inviting on your patio, just ready for friends and family to enjoy. Very clever, woman.

  10. This is awesome! I love your little dog in the pic!

  11. Looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. I really like it and think once our outdoor set completely rusts to pieces, I will have the hubby make this!! I think it would hold up better in the weather than the iron ones. Love it!

  13. a boy's tool meets martha! oh my, you did a fantastic job. i always wish i would come across a distressed table with a good price. it gives me an idea, maybe, an open daybed for my patio if I will not have any luck finding one...hope you have a great week...verbena cottage

  14. I love it! Big tables are just the best...the more people that fit around them, the merrier.

  15. This is such an amazing table...you are truely a "Modern Craftswoman"! Thanks for showing us! Rory

  16. I love it ! Now that you know how to do it can you make me one???
    :o) Sue

  17. Wonderful table you did a great job! I know there will be lots of converations and memories shared, have fun. Thanks for sharing.

  18. What a great table! I need one for my backyard. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Wow! Very cool! So look what you've started! Mind if I copy you? I will lable it "I'm a copy cat too" lol
    Wonderful job!

  20. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Im in Southern California...wanna come make me one or 2? Free room and board while you vacation!

  21. What a fantastic table!


  22. Great Job!!! I am so impressed. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I can't believe you BUILT that beautiful farm table! It is fantastic! Your home is just lovely and what a wonderful sense of humor you have...I laughed through your post about the baby squirrels and your garden!

  24. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!


  25. That is Fantastic!!! It looks just like mine! You had a lot more work to making yours, mine just needed the legs added to it. I absolutely love it, we have been using ours nonstop, we had both fathers day breakfast and dinner out there. I really can't get enough of it, so simple yet so pretty! I am kinda speechless (not that you can tell) and grinning from ear to ear that you liked it so much you went out and built one! Impressed, Theresa

  26. YEP.... I need one :)) I absolutely love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    ~ Michella ~

  27. The table is gorgeous and I'm so jealous of your way with electric tools! Wish I had that talent! Found you on All Things Related!


  28. Beautiful! And so cool that you have a dinner club!

  29. Great job! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #12! ~Bridgette

  30. We chose your table as one of Our Favorite Thingz from last week! You can see it in our sidebar!

  31. I saw Theresa's table just today. You did a great copy cat job! I love copying. There is so much inspiration in blog land. It looks great on your patio. I really, really want a patio...and that table!

  32. That is great. I am posting it to my cont. favs list for tomorrow morning.



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