How We Built a Farmhouse Style Table

Building a Farmhouse Style Kitchen Table


Happy Tuesday Friends!

Today, because so many people like it, I’m sharing how we built our Farmhouse Style Kitchen Table.

Last year, I decided I needed a larger kitchen table for a few reasons. For one, this house doesn’t have a formal dining room and I needed more space than our 4 person round table when entertaining and also because this is a pretty big kitchen and I needed a larger scale table to fill the room.

I  knew what kind of style that I wanted (a big old family style table) and I also knew they are expensive. So rather than buying a table, we decided to build one ourselves.

If you have been following the blog, you have seen this table before:



It’s not fancy, but I love the style and size and it has worked out really well over the last year when we have had company.

Here is how we built it:

We went and picked out 7 pine boards. The table is 41/2 feet wide by 6 feet long.

My husband laid them out on the ground in the store to make sure they were all straight and flat. This also allowed us to see and to set up the pattern of boards that I liked.


We used four 5 1/2 x 6 boards and three 9×6 boards for the top, plus several 3×6 boards for underneath.

After sanding down all the planks (which is really the hardest, most time consuming part) my husband braced them together and added the side apron with the smaller pieces.

(you can see the size pattern that I used)


For the final step, we added legs that we also bought at Home Depot  for $15 each.




And then once the construction was complete, I just needed to add a finish.

Alot of the farmhouse style tables have painted legs and a stained wood top, but I decided to paint the entire table white because my kitchen cabinets and floors are brown and I wanted to brighten the room.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in White.


I had no problem with any “flaws” or nail holes in the planks being visible, it gave the table a more authentic look.







And that’s it.  A pretty easy weekend project that saved a ton of money.

If you would like really detailed step by step instructions or a slightly different style, Pinterest has a ton to choose from, you can see them here.

You can also see the post for how I made my centerpiece planter box here and the outdoor patio table we built here & here.


44 thoughts on “Building a Farmhouse Style Kitchen Table

  1. Hey, Karen! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your Building A Farmhouse Style Kitchen Table so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!!

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  2. Beautiful job, Karen! I can’t believe you made this! It looks like it was purchased at Pottery Barn. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Have a great week!

    1. Hey Mary Beth! That was actually my initial plan! I think it would work just fine and my Inlaws are planning on doing the same thing! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. LOVE it! The different board widths was such a great idea and really adds to it! You guys did a great job! Your dining room is so gorgeous–especially after you showed the view out the windows on Periscope! I don’t think I’d ever leave that room! :)
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    1. Thanks Samantha! That periscope was a mess, I was so nervous! Thanks for watching it though :) the view is great, Imwish I could have y’all over to enjoy it!

    1. Thanks Jamie! How wonderful that it gave you a bit of inspiration! I’ll tell us, it saved a boat load of money to make one rather than buy! Totally worth it :)

    1. Thanks Heatjer! I used the chalk paint because I wanted that kind of finish, but you could totally use any kind of paint and it wouldn’t really look much different :)

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate you stopping by!
      In my head, I envisioned big chunky legs for that table but they were so pricey that I settled for these. I’m glad that uou like them!

  4. Karen,
    The Farmhouse style Kitchen Table turned out great!!!
    My “Mr. Ed” loves to work with pine!!!
    I adore your gray wooden box atop the farmhouse table!!!
    I just finished placing some Autumnal hued hydrangea within ours
    and placed them as a centerpiece for our Family Room dining!!!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring, dear friend!!!
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    1. Hey Vicki! I just used AS clear wax over the paint. I haven’t had any problems with scratching but I would suggest priming before applying the AS paint to keep the pine knots from bleeding through. I didn’t do that, so I give it a light sanding and repaint a coat every now and then :)

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