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Building a DIY Classic Farmhouse Kitchen Table: A Story of Family and Growth

CEO Khai Intela
As our family grew, we realized we needed a bigger kitchen table. Join us on our journey as we share our experience building our own DIY classic farmhouse kitchen table! When it comes to creating...

As our family grew, we realized we needed a bigger kitchen table. Join us on our journey as we share our experience building our own DIY classic farmhouse kitchen table!

When it comes to creating a space where family bonds and memories are made, having the right kitchen table is crucial. As our family expanded from six to soon-to-be seven, our beloved round table in the breakfast area was starting to feel a bit cramped. It was the heart of our home, where we gathered for meals, schoolwork, games, and weekend brunches. We knew it was time for a new and larger table that could accommodate our growing family and all the activities that centered around it.

We scoured Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp for potential tables, but nothing quite fit our vision or budget. It seemed that well-crafted farmhouse tables came with a hefty price tag. So, with a desire to have a table with those beautiful curved "French country farmhouse" legs, we decided to take matters into our own hands and build our own.

DIY Classic Farmhouse Kitchen Table

Finding the Perfect Legs

One of the most important considerations for our DIY table was finding the perfect legs. After extensive research, we stumbled upon the Carolina Leg Company, a hidden gem that offered the chunky table legs we desired. To our surprise, they were both reasonably priced and available on Amazon. The quality of the packaging reflected the craftsmanship itself, leaving us excited to start building.

Farmhouse table leg

Building the Table Top

Choosing the right wood for the tabletop was a crucial decision. While premium hardwood like oak or maple would have been ideal, we opted for pine boards from Home Depot due to their affordability and rustic charm. We carefully selected the boards, marking the side with the most character, ultimately creating a planked design that added character to our farmhouse style.

Wood selection for farmhouse table top

To join the boards together, we relied on our trusty Kreg Jig, a versatile tool we've used in previous projects. However, a simple measurement error resulted in some frustration and extra sanding work. Lesson learned: always double-check measurements and settings.

Drilling pocket holes for farmhouse kitchen table top

Once the top was securely fastened, we attached the apron, consisting of four boards connecting the legs. Pocket hole screws and wood glue ensured a sturdy construction. To add extra support, we added braces across the inside, utilizing scrap wood we had on hand.

Farmhouse table top legs and apron

The Finishing Touch: Staining

To achieve the desired look, we stained the table with a shade that eliminated the blond color of the pine boards. We wanted a slightly "aged" appearance that would blend seamlessly into our home's aesthetic. The legs absorbed the stain differently, adding unique character to each leg and creating a beautiful contrast against the tabletop.

Stained DIY Classic Farmhouse Kitchen Table

A Table for Family Memories

Our DIY classic farmhouse kitchen table has become the centerpiece of our home. It has endured countless meals, homework sessions, and family gatherings. With its sturdy construction and protective finish, it has proven to be both functional and beautiful. We love how it brings our family together and reflects our personal style.

DIY Classic Farmhouse Kitchen Table with six chairs

While we still have plans to refinish the chairs to match our new table, we are content with the progress we've made. Building our own farmhouse kitchen table has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience, and we hope that sharing our journey inspires and helps others who embark on a similar project.

Disclaimer: This article is not a comprehensive guide on building a farmhouse kitchen table. It is purely a recounting of our personal experience and lessons learned. Always exercise caution and undertake DIY projects at your own risk.

Images Courtesy of Saigon Intela