A New Table for Thanksgiving

I’m so excited that my mom, step-dad and little sister will be joining us for Thanksgiving. Our current kitchen table fits 4 adults – we’ve fit more around it, but not comfortably. I have wanted a large table for a long time, because we love to have friends over for dinner. But now with our Thanksgiving guests coming I felt like I was justified in getting one!

One of my friends introduced me to Ana White a while ago and I have been wanting to try one of her projects ever since. She makes it seems like putting together a piece of furniture is easy. But I am still pretty intimidated by power tools, so Jason put this project together for me. I did help where I could – I picked up the lumber, stood on the table while he was screwing pieces in, I even used the drill at one point! Maybe next time I’ll use the saw (although the thought still scares me!)

I’m looking for advice – we’re thinking of painting it white and antiquing it? Or maybe just staining it? I don’t really know what I want and I’m looking for someone to tell me what to do! Honey, what would you do?

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  1. Yay! How exciting to have a big table! One day, when we’re in a house or something with a garage I totally want to try woodworking. Furniture is SO expensive. I’d like to see if we can build or fix up some stuff on our own. I think I’d stain it rather than paint it white, but just go with whatever goes with the decor in your home. Have fun!

  2. Now that is inspiring! I am not a table builder in anyway. 🙂 Hooray for you to take on something like that with your sweetheart and to have a larger table. As for what to do… what ever you do make sure it doesn’t show wear or that if it does it will look natural when it wears. My kitchen table of five years is showing signs of four boys – but I see them as love nics and scratches that make our house a home.

  3. Me, Honey?? Wow! Well, first, I absolutely LOVE it! You guys did an awesome job!

    I love the idea of painting it white and antiquing it. You wouldn’t have to do much to distress it either. I usually just take a palm sander to the edges maybe a little more on the corners to make it look more natural. You could also sand a bit where there are knots or divots in the wood. When doing furniture – especially white furniture, I like to use Briwax. (It can clean, stain and polish and is made with beeswax. You can order it online or find it at Ace Hardware, I think.) Anyway, besides polishing it and protecting it, it will turn your white color more brown tinged to give it an even more antiqued look. I’m a huge fan. You could use Briwax after you stained it too. I’ve never used it for actual stain, but I’m sure you could go that route, too. A dark stain would look lovely.

    Is black too bold? I think it would look darling black and distressed, too. Or a nice country green – a grayish light green. Do you have a color scheme in your kitchen? So many cute possibilities! I’m so excited for you! Makes me want to make one.

    And, before I go, I just want to say I think you could totally rock the saw! I’d rather cut than drill any day 🙂 I’m not so good with the drill. Did you just use pine? Looks like you got some awesome lumber! Way to go! This probably goes without saying, but post a picture when you’re done!

  4. That table looks great! What a fun project! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  5. Honey- Thanks for all of the ideas. I knew you would be able to help me! We used douglas fir, the guys at the lumber yard helped me pick out the boards and most of them look really good. And the ones that don’t add character!

    And thanks for the saw love – now I think I can do it!

  6. Sharleen – We don’t really have any decor yet, I feel like this table is my beginning. I think I would prefer to stain it too, but with it being our first project of this size I think the paint will help cover some of our mistakes!

  7. Dixie – Thanks! I am not a table builder either – but my husband is pretty handy! And he’s teaching me some things as we go. And I will definitely keep in mind the wear and tear issue because I am sure we will be dealing with the same issues at our house.

  8. I say go black and distress it. That’s my vote!

  9. Awesome! I look at Ana’s site occasionally and dream about making something, I’m so impressed you actually did. I vote for a dark stain with colorful chairs!

  10. Ricki – I love the idea of colorful chairs. That would look great! I haven’t really thought about chairs yet.

    Ingrid – I think I’m leaning more to white than black because our house is definitely more country than modern. I am a fan of black furniture – that’s what we have in our bedroom, but I don’t think it would fit in the kitchen. Maybe I should post some pictures of the kitchen?

  11. I don’t think black has to be modern. You can totally make black look farmhouse!

  12. I love all the ideas–I am just so impressed with making your own table! I can’t wait to see the finished product!