Hello So Much Better with Age readers! I’m Laura from The Turquoise Home and I’m so excited to be guest posting for the wonderful Jamie today! Over at my blog, you’ll find tons of home decorating and DIY projects mixed in with some random deep thoughts on life, family and collecting too much stuff. 🙂 I built my farmhouse dining room table late last year and have loved having a large space to gather around for holidays and get-togethers. Thanks to Jamie for letting me share my table with you today!
I am so excited to share my latest woodworking project with you! I finally made a farmhouse table, and I love it. While there are a few things I would change if I could go back, I still am pretty proud of my accomplishment (and super excited to finally have a large table for my dining room)! For instance, I would track down untreated 4×4 posts for the legs, instead of using the treated ones like I did. But other than that, I’m pretty pleased with my accomplishment!
Enter Ana White. (Love her and her site!!) I had seen these plans on Ana-White.com in the past for her original farmhouse table, but it seemed like a ton of work. And then just last month she came out with new plans, much easier plans, using a Kreg Jig. I’ve been wanting a Kreg Jig for a while now, but didn’t want to make the $100 investment if I wasn’t going to use it. I told Coach about the table and the tool, and what it would cost, and he said “go for it”!
Side note: if you do any building whatsoever, buy this tool. I cannot begin to tell you how awesome the Kreg Jig is! It’s so easy to use, and made building this table a breeze. Almost every one of Ana’s plans uses a Kreg Jig, so if it calls for it, buy it. You will love it – I promise! (Other than these being affiliate links, I’m not paid to say that. It’s just my honest opinion.)
I used Ana’s new Farmhouse Table (pocket-hole) plans found HERE, using the Kreg Jig. It was actually quite easy to build and took me about a week of nap times to construct. I adjusted a couple of things from Ana’s plans: I lengthened the table by 11 inches and widened it by 2 inches. For my large room, it just needed to be a little bulkier. And it’s perfect!
I used a stain that is newer to the market: Minwax Weathered Oak. (You can see in the above picture where there are places where I didn’t sand the wood in the direction of the wood grain. And so there is some streaking. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Lesson learned!)
I loved this stain in this picture below from The Friendly Home. This is actually why I chose the stain I did. Hillary, of The Friendly Home, talks all about using it on her table – and I loved it! When I went to put it on my table, it looked much more gray to me. Of course, I know that nothing really looks the same in person as the picture. But I was surprised how different they looked. It’s OK, though. I still like mine, it’s just different that what I was trying to achieve. Read all about how Hillary stained her farmhouse table HERE.
In the end, I’m so happy with my big, sturdy farmhouse table. I’ve already made it my desk in my dining room and I love it! I’ll clear it off later this month when we host Christmas dinner. But, when no one’s coming over, it’ll function as my large desk/table. I look forward to being able to spread out and even make crafts on it!
What do you think of my latest project? I surely do love it!
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Thanks again, Jamie, for allowing me to share my Board and Batten tutorial today. And thank YOU for reading. I would love to have you come over to The Turquoise Home for a visit. And you can always join in on the fun at Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google + or Twitter. Have a great day!!