Hi Friends! Part of my dining room makeover was figuring out if I even wanted to have a dining room table. We rarely eat in the dining room and most of the time my craft stuff ended up all over it. In the end, we decided to sell our table and hutch and that I would build a DIY farmhouse table. Of course, I scoured Pinterest and in the end I built this beautiful table with Ana White’s free plans inspired by a ZGallerie table. I absolutely love how it came out! It looks amazing in my new dining room. To check out my post on my dining room update click here.
This bad boy was a labor of love and I have a nasty bruised big toe to prove it! I’ll pass on some free advice… this is heavy! Do not be impatient like me and try to move it by yourself. I tried to flip over the tabletop and it landed on my big toe… ouch!
Check out Ana White’s free plans here to get .the full tutorial! She has so many amazing plans on her site, so you’re welcome if you’ve never checked her site out before!
If you haven’t used a Kreg Jig before, don’t be scared, it is super easy! It allows you to make pocket holes quickly and easily. Then you attach the boards together with pocket hole screws. You can get one for $40 on Amazon by clicking here. I just use a regular clamp with it. Since all the wood I was working with was 2 inches thick I didn’t even have to change the setting. Just clamp it on, drill a hole, loosen, slide down board about 6 inches and drill again. Repeat, repeat, repeat! That’s all there is to it!
Once you have all the pocket holes you attach the boards together with pocket hole screws found here. I actually love these screws. They screw in so easily that I use them for when I’m drilling straight in like on the legs of the table.
For the table leg beveled edges, it was bit tricky. You need to cut the 2x4s on the side. Cut one side at 30 degrees then measure 38 inches (or whichever length cut you’re on) and cut the other end at 30 degrees (not parallel ends!) After the first cut measure 1 1/4 inch from the long point and draw a line. Then change your miter saw to 45 degrees and cut the small part off.
Then for the other 2 cuts I laid the first one on the top and traced it.
I sanded the top down in my garage with 120 grit and then 220 grit with my orbital sander. I put the legs together, the top together, and then moved them into my dining room to put them together.
Finishing the Table
I painted the bottom half of the table with Renaissance Chalk Paint in Ivory Tower. You can find it here on Amazon. I lightly sanded with 220 grit in between coats and sealed it with 2 coats of polycrylic (found by clicking here).
For the table top, I started by brushing on a coat Minwax Wood Conditioner (find on Amazon by clicking here). After that dried, I applied a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. I brushed on a coat with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a cotton shirt. I then added a coat of weathered grey on top of it, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wiped off the excess again.
After everything was dry, I applied 3 coats of a Urethane top coat to seal it. Whew! This is now my new dining room and new dining room table! It’s not perfect but it’s handmade and I love it!