Farm Style Dining Table

Submitted by petesveen on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 09:45

I absolutely love this table and couldn't believe how easy it was to build. It was a weekend project and gets so many compliments.

For the finish, I mixed steel wool with vinegar and brushed it on. The table really darkened up nicely and made the distress marks in the wood come out. I then applied walnut stain and followed up with 3 coats of poly.

In my post I have pictures of the finishing process and a video showing how to distress wood and apply the vinegar solution.

If you are looking for an affordable table that looks great, I'd highly recommend building Ana's table.

Estimated Cost
$90 or so for the wood
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Vinegar / Steel wool, Distressed with hammer, nails, chains, and walnut stain from Minwax.
Recommended Skill Level



Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:28

Hi Smith8ar,

2x4, 2x10 and 2x8 stud type lumber and untreated 4x4 post is what most folks are building with to get this distressed look on their farmhouse tables for that low cost.  Stud lumber also takes that vinegar stain very well.  Local lumberyards will probably have nicer and straighter studs than the local big box stores, but you can find them there if you pick through them for the nicest ones.  Our local Lowes calls them common boards, and I've also seen them listed as SPF (spruce/pine/fir) - - here's an example of what is in our local Lowes:

Our Lowes doesn't carry 4x4x10, but I found a 4x4x8 douglas fir untreated post:

:)  Joanne