Thursday, January 2, 2014

Farmhouse table

In the house we are buying, there is a dinky little island in a pretty big kitchen. One of the first projects I want to do it rip it out and build a monstrous one our kids can eat at every day. I want to make it completely myself, including pouring an egg and dart concrete counter top. I wanted really chunky farmhouse style legs but when I priced them out I was deflated.

Have you ever priced out table legs?!? Someone is making a freaking killing. It was almost $1000.00 for 4 island legs that are 6" thick. Being the true DIYers that we are, my lover and I decided to turn them on our lathe. I wanted to practice on something before hand so we made a farmhouse table to sell.

Yep, you heard me. I put my blood, sweat, and many trips to the hardware store just to sell it. Oh well. It's the name of the game I suppose.


I plan on building something similar for my back patio later on but like 8' long. This beauty is 78" long by 30" tall by 37" wide. I currently have it listed for $650 if anyone local is interested. I'll update this when it's sold.


The table top is made out of 8" pine planks from Home Depot. I let my kids beat it with hammers, chains, screwdrivers, etc. It's our own little form anger therapy. The legs were made out of reclaimed beams I bought off craigslist. They were in his historic home in Tucson.


I think after making 4 of these legs, we are sufficiently practiced enough to bust some out for the island. Mission accomplished. And while not relevant, I had to post a picture of my fun printer drawer and accessories. I love hydrangeas. Too bad Arizona is the place all hydrangeas go to die.


How appropriate is the book title? I swear no animals were hurt in the making of this photo. By me. 

Happy new year!

6 comments:

  1. Love the table and drawer full of goodies! Can't believe legs cost so much!

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  2. Oh, I love the table!! Good work. You'd never guess it was your first time making those legs. I wish I was closer, I would buy it in an instant.

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  3. Wow, it is beautiful!! I am so impressed!

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  4. Haha, I actually laughed out loud about the hydrangeas. And you're totally right. Although it might be more like "The Valley..." than all of Arizona.

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  5. Yeah!! I'm so glad you are back to blogging again. I've been going through withdraws! Welcome back! Can't wait to see your new projects and new house!

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  6. Love this table!! Could you please share your process for the wood planks? I know you mentioned beating them with hammers, chains etc. But what color stain is that? Did you do a couple coats? And did you apply a protective coat of some sort to seal it? Would love to do this to a couple tables we have and I love what you did here! :)

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