That’s a joke up there. It shouldn’t really take you a month to make a farmhouse table. And, if you are not us, it probably won’t!
It’s kitchen week here at Boxy Colonial. Or maybe kitchen fortnight. We’ve got a good bit going on in the kitchen, and I’m going to tell you all about it. Slowly. I’m going to get two whole posts out of this little table. This only makes sense after how long it took us to finish it, right?
This is the general table show off post, with a bit of background information, lots of pictures, and also the stuff about the stain and finish on it. Then Dave will write up the post about the actual table construction with a cut list and all that.
We moved our old kitchen table out to the sunroom awhile back. This was awesome for the sunroom, but left us tableless in the kitchen, which meant that not only was there nowhere to sit or eat in the kitchen, but people kept hitting their heads on the light fixture in there, what with no table to keep them from walking under it. And the light fixture happens to be very pointy.
So Dave decided to make a table (really, we knew for months that Dave was going to make a table. It didn’t take getting stabbed in the head by the light fixture to remind us that we needed a kitchen table. I just told the story that way for dramatic effect).
We looked at maybe….783?….blog posts about other people’s farmhouse tables, mostly riffs on Ana White plans, and then Dave came up with his version, scaled down for our kitchen. Eventually, I told him to stop trying to get me to help him decide about all the little details involving tools and wood and such, and that he should just surprise me.
And then the table looked like complete crap when he finished.
JUST KIDDING! It looks great! I love it! Dave is such a good decider!
He’s going to tell you about all of that later….how we (he) decided on the size and what wood to use and how it went together. I will show you the table. And then I will tell you about the stain. Because that was my part.
My original plan, way back a long time ago, was to just ignore all the light wood in the kitchen and stain the table dark walnut. I didn’t want to give it a light stain like the cabinets or the floor; I didn’t want to let the cabinets and floor bully me into a finish I didn’t like. But then it occurred to me that a grayish finish would work well with all the gray in our granite countertops. And I LIKE gray!
I didn’t want straight up gray like we used on our foyer bench, though. I did a lot of reading and found many complicated sounding plans for homemade stain involving rusty nails and tea and eye of newt and hair from a unicorn’s tail and all that sort of thing.
And then! Right before I left to hunt unicorns, Katja at Shift Ctrl Art posted about how she made a lovely barnwood colored stain by…..mixing two different colors of stain together! Brilliant! Easy! My kind of custom stain:
I have TWO MORE exciting kitchen projects to share soon. And a smaller sunroom post. Also my last Disney post. SO MUCH POSTING!
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