Throw Back Farmhouse Table

Find & Fix it Friday:

Today, as with everyday in our Zest it Up life, our tasks and endeavors took us on many journeys and random accomplishments.  I love days like today.  When Sam and I plow ahead and accomplish so much together.  It is always fun by the end of the day to recount where we have been and what we have done.  When I say random, I am being literal.  Everything seems disjointed and sporadic, coming together to formulate Zest and strengthen our friendship: meetings over delicious food at Sally Loo’s, getting to know new and interesting people that pique our curiosity, making a last minute run to Costco in order to flesh out the last of our menu needs for this weekend, heading back to Atascadero to email and call brides who are making their way closer to their big days, discussing the blog and what we are excited to share, peeling sweet potatoes and butternut squash while grooving to Christmas music, washing dishes and just simply sharing life.  Very cool day.

In honor of such a cool day, I decided to repost a project from our beginnings.  It is fun to look back a bit and take a little stroll down memory lane.  Life is always transforming and taking us on a journey that we never could have dreamed up all on our own.  I am always amazed at how creative our lives become, just living out the day to day journey.  Sam and I are always so humbled to see how our junking savvy has carried us through to today.  Such a blessing.  So, here is a little farmhouse French number that we have always been excited about.


Hey there, it’s Chanda.  Check out what an extravagant spending account of $5 gets when the neighbors have a garage sale.  Come on….don’t tell me that you don’t see treasure here!  So, what to do first? Should I top it with glass? Paint it cheery and bright? Mosaic? Hmmmmmm.  Choices, choices, choices.

Farmhouse_table_diy_0443 Ok, ready….set…..go!  First step was to wipe off the many spider webs that had accumulated while living outside.  A damp rag went a long way in spiffing this piece up a bit.

Farmhouse_table_diy_0444Next, I dealt with the rickety, wobbly legs.  This table felt like it would collapse if you sneezed in its general direction.  Man was I relieved to discover that it only needed tightening and not structural reconstruction! Yay!  In looking around at the mass of scrap wood that Sean (my hubby) and I had amassed, I decided to rescue it from the campfire pile and make a wood insert for my table.  Better use, I think 😉 Then my “hack” job began.  I had seen a table that I loooooved.  It incorporated multicolored slats of wood and the use of transfers.  I was really excited to try it out!

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 Some of the wood scraps were already primed a nice white.  I decided to stain some of the others a mahogany, and still others I painted blue.  I started with a very pale shade, and then layered a more teal shade on top.

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Farmhouse_table_diy_0448  It really started to look hot once I sanded.  I loved seeing the two shades of blue mingle with the raw pine!  Way cool.

Farmhouse_table_diy_0450I then distressed the white primed slats, too (the mahogany stained slats remained unscathed by the sander!).

Farmhouse_table_diy_0452Ok, are you feelin’ me on this one yet?  Haha, my neighbor Bob said, “Oh, yer makin’ girlie furniture!”  I love it!  He is a fellow woodworker and furniture maker…super helpful and informative AND a total character!  I guess my stuff IS girlie…but hey, I’m a girl! And it’s my prerogative. I needed more of the la vie de la francais for this farmhouse table…so I visited www.graphicsfairy-diy.com for some super special french text.  Which I printed on parchment paper (not wax because I was concerned about my polyurethane sealer not adhering)

Farmhouse_table_diy_0456Plus d’importante! I used double stick tape to affix my parchment paper to regular computer paper (it won’t stick well, but it helps) and I had the curled edges of the parchment curl towards the paper.  This totally helped in not jamming up my printer (did it once with the curled edges facing up and wow! Nightmare of a jam!) Once printed, it’s a matter of carefully placing and rubbing without smearing…totally doable!  Thankfully I had no mistakes!

Farmhouse_table_diy_0449So worth the extra fuss…don’tcha think?  I’m totally feeling the french farmhouse vibe…a little Normandy to order!

Farmhouse_table_diy_0451Had to add a few more before I sealed the top with three coats of polyurethane (btw buff between coats with 00 steel wool…so worth the finish!)

Check it out in the soft morning light….

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It turned out so amazingly lush!

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I love how easy this project was AND that it only cost $5 for the table frame and $9.99 for the polyurethane….everything else was just scraps!  Talk about zesting things up….oh, and as far as the girlie thing goes…this table made my husband speechless…he absolutely loves it! Haha…guess Bob’s take isn’t universal (but of course I married a guy who happily watches chick flicks with me…as long as it’s balanced with shoot ’em up movies, too)

And how about some cutie chairs to match??

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~Chanda

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