Monday, March 3, 2014

Farmhouse Tabletop Makeover

Ryan and I have been wanting a new table for a while now.  We have been stuck with this eyesore of a table for a few years and have been looking for a new one to replace it.  Tables are EXpensive! And there are so many other things we need to buy that we just haven't been able to justify spending a ton of money on a new one just yet.  WELL the other day I was standing in my kitchen looking at our hideous table, when I realized, the only hideous thing about it is the top! With my craftiness and Ryan's handy man skills I was sure we could come up with something that would look better than what we already had.  So we went to Home Depot, bought some wood, and let our creative juices flow. And the best part is, between using a $40 dollar gift card to Home Depot, and selling our old chairs, the table only cost us a little over $200 bucks! Not too shabby eh! Still, if you are going to do this without a gift card and selling your chairs, just the supplies only cost us about $60 bucks (the chairs were the most expensive part).


  • (6) 2X6 Boards (For Top)- $3.85 each: $23.10 total
  • (4) 2X4 Boards (For Bench)- $2.54 each: $10.16 total
  • (4) 1X2 8ft Strip Boards (For Edges)- $1.07 each: $4.28 Total
  • Kreg Jigg
  • Screw gun
  • Electric Sander
  • 3" Clamp
  • (2) 48" Bar Clamps
  • Electric Saw
  • Nail Gun
Other Supplies
  • 1 can Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Weathered Gray
  • 1 can Fast-Drying Minwax Polyurethane in Clear Semi-Gloss
  • Three cans Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer
  • Three cans Rust-Oleum Semi GLoss Protective Enamel in white
  • Wood Glue
  • Sanding block
  • Foam Brushes
  • 2.5 inch screws 
  • (4) White Ikea "Ingolf" chairs $50.00 each

***Tip*** Have home depot cut all of your wood for you! It is so fast and will save you SO much time!!!
***Note*** I am not going to post our cut list because we customized it to our specific table.  Your table may be a different size than ours so I suggest measuring how long and wide you want your table to be and have HD cut your boards to size.  You may need to purchase another 2X6 board depending on how wide you want your table to be :)

Directions for Table Top
  1. Have Home Depot cut your boards to size
  2. Pick which sides of the boards you want to be displayed as the top of your table
  3. Using the Kreg Jig, drill holes on each side of each 2X6 board approximately one foot apart, making sure to alternate each opposite side.  Only drill holes on the inside of the first and last boards.
    Here is a picture of where we placed the Kreg Jig holes for the screws.  Its kind of hard to see, just make sure not to drill holes on the outside edge.  Oh, and a photo-bomb from Tahoe :)

    4.  One by one, glue each board together and clamp them as tight as you can using the 48" clamps
    5. Once clamped, screw the boards together, locking them in place. Because the boards are not perfectly straight, use a small clamp and a piece of scrap wood at the end of the boards to get the boards to lay flat, then drill in your screw to hold it in place.
    7. Then leave the project overnight to let the glue dry.
    8.  Perform the same steps for the bench using the 2X4's
    9. Once the glue has dried, remove the clamps and start sanding. SAND SAND SAND, and when you think your done, sand some more!  You want the surface to be as flat and smooth as possible
    10.  Measure the length and width of the table top and cut the 1X2 pieces of wood to length.  nail them in place using the nail gun, or really small nails.  Then sand the edges to be flush with the rest of the tabletop.  PS. We only did edges on the ends of the bench, not all the way around like we did with the table. 

    Staining and Finishing
    1. Apply one coat of the Rustoleum Weathered Gray wood stain directly onto the wood with a foam brush and let dry over night or as directed on the can  
      1. We had a really hard time deciding if we should use a pre-stain or not, and decided against it when we tested it on a piece of wood.  We liked the results a lot better without pr-stain.
    2. Once your stain has dried, apply a thin coat of the polyurethane with a foam brush and let it dry for about four hours
    3. Lightly sand the surface of your table with the sanding block and apply a second coat of poly
    4. Allow to dry overnight

    Painting The Base
    1. Remember that yucky table in the before and after picture? In case you forgot here is a quick reminder... Oh, and another photo-bomb from Tahoe :)
    2. Remove the top of the table by flipping it over and unscrewing it from the base
    3. Apply three thin coats of primer to the base 
    1. *Note* yep you read that right, I did NOT sand the base.... Maybe I should have, maybe I shouldn't... I guess we will find out in a year if the paint starts chipping, but so far it has been awesome! The Zinsser primer really works miracles I tell you... Here is a picture of the first coat
     Tahoe is my buddy and pretty much follows me around EVERYWHERE I go (in case you hadn't noticed)

  5.  Once the primer has completely dried apply three coats of the Rustoleum Semi Gloss protective enamel in White
  6. 5.  Let the base dry over night
    6.  Once both the base and the top are done drying, lay the top face down on a flat surface, lay the base ontop of it, and measure all four sides to center the base on the table top.  Screw it into place with the same original screws and VOILA! 


  1. Beautiful! So glad to know you guys have a blog!

  2. Wow! That is awesome! I'm so impressed! I need you to come give our kitchen table a makeover. You feel like taking a trip to Kansas? ;)