The Farmhouse Table– Part 1

So I found some chairs finally off of Craigslist that I liked and was going to refinished since all of mine so far don’t match and half of them I have to make sure and tell people not to sit on them cuz’ they’ll smash them to the ground— awkward– ” I really mean the chair is weak not that your hefty or anything you know you look really good, have you lost weight recently?.” 

But bad thing was the chairs included a table with it and they wouldn’t split it up. So for the $60 price tag I figured whatever I’ll figure something to do with the table— Anyways a week or so later this is the conversation that ensued.

Me: Honey, I think I figured out what I’m going to do with that table—- I’m going to rip off the old tile table top and build more of a farmhouse table on the legs cuz’ I really like the legs of it.

Dave: Uhhhh– I think we should finish the fireplace.

“Ya but I’ll do it by myself you don’t even have to worry about it– I’m gonna get me a pink hammer.”

“What? your going to buy yourself a pink hammer?”

“No- This pink hammer—  see I’ll be awesome sauce cuz’ I did it all by myself and I’ll link to this page– cool huh”

“uhhh– why does it matter if your hubby helped you or not? Where’s the my freakin amazing hubby built this flame hammer? huh?”

“Ummm—whatever– it’ll be cool and I’ll do it by myself”

“You know that  farmhouse table design looks like a picnic table to me”

“Whatever, I like it and it does not- it looks like a table that’s been used and loved and had many cherished memories over– I like it— now can we please take the truck so you can help me get the wood.”

“But that would mean that I was helping you and you weren’t doing it all by yourself”

“Whatever that doesn’t count– you don’t want your big pregnant wife to have to put all those boards in the truck by herself do you?”

“K, get the kids in the truck”

After getting the measurements and making the plan, going to the store and loading the wood and bringing it home I ended up on the couch so so so tired.

Dave: “Come on– let me help you build that table”

Me: “Alright–  but I will get my pink hammer sometime ya know”

“uh- huh”

“I will”


“You don’t believe me? Do you honey?”

” No I believe you, but I think you know deep down having the amazing hubby flame hammer involved makes the process go a hecka lot faster huh.”

“Ya your right– I really like the amazing flame hammer hubby– He looks very very sexy when he’s using that hammer.”

“Whatever you crazy girl”

See I told you it had some nice legs– ugly green but nice
 Here’s Payter being the help that he is and a sneek peek at the almost finished chairs

and the built but not “finished” table at to which when we were building it I said more than once
“Shoot! It does look like a picnic table”
But I still have hope— It will look nice and I will like it when I finish it :)

See a little imagination– It’ll look similar to this pottery barn table :)
Can you see it?

But having the table take 2hrs instead of 2 days wasn’t the best part of the day– Payton yesterday discovered that his camera had video taking capabilities and was really having fun with it– He took a video of Brynley dancing—- * I love the little posing/moves– she gets those from her daddy :)

and while we were out working he decided he’d take some video of himself– which we discovered when we came back in on his camera and it cracked us up! I’m still laughing at his dancing moves.

 and Honey— Cuz’ I love you and do think your freakin amazing sauce.

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  1. February 15, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Rotfl! You guys are just too funny! That’s totally the same style table I’m busy conning my hubby into wielding a flamming hammer while I tap at it with a pink one for! Isn’t it just too too cute?! Way to go Alicia! You guys rock(0: Oh, and way to go Alicia’s hubby, too(0:

  2. February 15, 2010 at 3:59 am

    P.s., Peyters got moves! You go boy!(0:

  3. February 15, 2010 at 5:25 am

    you two make me laugh!

  4. February 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    You guys had me laughing so hard. We’ve got a similar dining set and I’m itching to do something to it. Can’t wait to see your reveal.

  5. February 17, 2010 at 6:45 am

    That is so funny. I’ll never get the pink hammer:(

    Just so you know, I linked to you from Knock Off Wood and have spent the last hour+ reading your blog. I just seemed to connect with you on so many different levels so I kept reading and reading. We have a lot in common. Based on a couple things I read, we may have even lived close once (I live in Ucon,ID). Anyway, didn’t want you creeped out in case you noticed a stranger viewing your blog for such a long time. Good luck with #3. It was a hard adjustment for me, but it’s so wonderful now:)

    BTW- LOVE the bed. I’m going to have my hubby make one for our toddler boy this summer. Can’t wait.

  6. March 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Too funny. My boys saw your hammer on my computer screen and want one. Actually, I read your philosophy on getting the kids to help build etc. That has always been our goal too. Hubby is a great helper, and has learned how to do tons of stuff since we married, but grew up with a dad too impatient to let him help. We weren’t letting that happen with us. Our kids asked for grown up tool boxes for Christmas when they were 10 and our 12 year old is already super handy.

  7. March 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I am curious as to how you finished your pieces. What kind of stain and number of coats did you use? Also the type of varnish? Beautiful job!

  8. March 28, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Love your table! My husband is in the basement building us one right now and you painted yours in just the way I envision ours. Thanks for the directions!

    Mind if I steal your man hammer?

  9. September 19, 2010 at 2:44 am

    I have an old table and definitely want to copy your idea.
    I have a few questions????
    1. Did you screw the boards on from the bottom?
    2. How did you get the boards sooo tight together? I don’t see in space/cracks between the boards…
    3. What type of wood did you use? Pine?

    Thanks…can’t wait to get started..

  10. October 13, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Interesting post. Thanks for the share.
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  11. November 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, I am new to your blog and trying to read this tutorial but there are no pics showing up – is there something wrong?

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