I am so excited to share about the biggest project we've done so far! Here is a more intensive step by step guide on how to do your own D.I.Y. Farmhouse table!
I (Bev) scouted on Instagram for a wooden kitchen table which would seat at least four. Our hope was to find a fun table and/or find a table we could restore! I found this table (and four chairs, two head chairs with arm rests and two without) for $75.00 and it all fit in Bryan's 1998 Toyota truck.
We got inspired on Pinterest to create a farmhouse dining room table with a dark stain on top and white base, legs and chairs!
Step 1: SAND IT ALL DOWN
Bryan started by sanding down the table with an electric hand sander. He first used the 220 grit and then used the 80 grit. For the chairs he used the electric sander as much as possible and by hand used the 80 for the nooks and crannies needed.
- DeWalt electric sander
- Sandpaper: 220 and 80 grit (rectangular pieces).
- Sandpaper pads (round 80 grit)
Step 2: STAIN THE TOP OF THE TABLE
During the project I learned there are actually staining brushes available for this specific project, however I've heard they run in the $50-60 range. We used a paint brush under $11.00 which was all encompassing meaning any paint or any stain. (What I learned in the process: the bristles on a finish brush are thinner and its thicker so that less air can come in between the bristles which can decrease the number of air bubbles.)
We used Bombay stain and applied one thin coat. My advice- brush in one direction, the direction of the wood grains. Do not rub a dry brush against your wood, just dip it in the stain and keep going so you've got a thin and even layer of stain.
- Paint/staining brush... you choose!
- Face Mask - I strong suggest a face mask (one that fits well around your head and can be tightened so that you're not breathing in any of the harsh chemicals). We also encourage you to do this project outdoors in a covered area in the event of rain/inclement weather and to ensure pets are kept away from project so any hair doesn't stick to your table).
Drying time: varies on location, time of year, humidity, etc... We were in 70-90 degree weather throughout the five or so days of working on this project. We waited 24 hours before moving forward with our project.
Step 3: PAINT THE TABLE (BASE/LEGS) WHITE
I grabbed the paint brush and the gallon of white paint we purchased for other project (which I'll highlight later). I painted the four beams underneath the table horizontally and then worked on the four legs. Based on the time I started I was able to wait 30 minutes for it to dry, do a second coat, wait 30 minutes, and do the third coat.
Supplies: paint brush (used when under $9)
Step 4: APPLY SEMI-GLOSS
I put on the face mask and applied a thin layer of semi gloss on the top of the table. My biggest suggestion: Do not rub a dry brush against the wood (trust me, you'll regret it, your table will look gritty and won't look glossy) just dip that bad boy into the semi gloss and keep applying. Wait at least 24 hours in between coats. We waited 24 hours and applied the second coat, waited another 24 hours and applied the third coat. The number of coats depends on usage of the furniture piece. We decided to go with three coats based on everyday usage.
Patience is a virtue, we waited close to 72 hours before we touched and used the table for the first time!
- Clear semi-gloss polyurethane
- Disposable gloves
- Face mask
Step 5: PAINT THE CHAIRS
We decided to paint the chairs white (we considered staining them, which would have been equally as pretty). We used the same gallon of paint. Bryan took the cushions off and ensured the chairs were sanded down well. I did 2-3 coats on the chairs just covering what was seen to the eye (including the bottom of the arm rests). It was a beautiful breezy 72 degrees so I was able to do this within 3 hours and bring the chairs indoors.
Step 6: RE-UPHOLSTER THE CHAIRS
We wanted to make good use of our time. While we waited for the table and our chairs to dry we went to JoAnn Fabrics to look for upholstery fabric. Our chairs had a cushion and fabric (white/dirty) on it so we wanted to reupholster the chairs. We purchased a fun rooster print and got 2 yards which ended up being more than enough. We purchased a nail gun as well (I'd encourage you to get one box of staples specific to your nail gun (we got the heavier duty one).
Money $aving tip: If you and your spouse go to a craft store on their app, in store catalog, and online website generally (Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics offer a 40 or 50% coupon on a regularly priced item) each do a transaction and use a coupon.
- Pencil to help mark fabric needed to upholster
- The staple gun was $30 and we got it for $15 (JoAnn's Fabrics)
- Box of staples was $3 and I used a military discount at got them for about $1.50 (went to Michaels when I needed more)
- Upholstery fabric was at $30/yard and was on sale 50% so we got 2 yards for under $30 using military discount (JoAnn's Fabrics) on top of sale, wahhooo!
After I reupholstered the chairs Bryan put them back on the table and after our table was dry our Farmhouse dining room table was complete!