Farmhouse Table For a Few Hundred Dollars

Guys. Im cheap. Why do you think this blog has the word “cheapskate” in it’s name? So when my husband and I moved into our house, I had trouble finding inexpensive, yet tasteful pieces to fill the empty rooms.

Our dining room was eerily vacant for months. I had been eyeing gorgeous Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware farmhouse tables and dreamed of having my whole family over for dinner. Shelling out close to $5,000 for one of those babies was not gunna happen so I had to get creative.

I found these plans on the Shanty2Chic blog that I often browse. I was immediately obsessed and convinced my husband that we NEEDED that table! During our 2 week break from grad school, we built the table and here is the finished product!


We started by buying all the lumber from our local Lowes. It took us a full Saturday and Sunday to construct the table. If you dont have the major items (like a miter saw), this project might end up costing a bit more because you will need to buy some of those big ticket items.

It took the rest of the week working in the garage every night to finish staining and putting poly on every inch of this giant table! I wont lie, that part was basically torture. Once construction was complete, the first thing I did was use an old wash cloth to rub this Minwax Pre Stain Wood Conditioner all over the wood. I tested it out on some spare pieces of wood and I thought the stain really just looked alot better with the prestain. I used Minwax Wood Stain in “Espresso” and then Rust-Oleum Matte Polyurethane after staining. I picked espresso because I love dark wood! I also highly recommend the “matte” poly because it smoothed everything out but kept a natural look instead of super glossy. Use thin layers of poly and just brush on with a paint brush.
I waited about 24 hours to start poly after staining. Then I brushed on 2 layers of poly every 24 hours – 6 layers in total.

Heres a list of the other supplies we used to complete the project. Once you have all the supplies, its really just following the plans. Please click here for the plans and a full list of supplies. Its a lot of hard work but TOTALLY worth it!

Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System – You dont NEED to have this pocket hole jig but it makes things SO much easier!
Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue
SPAX 8 x 1-1/2in. Flat Head Unidrive Zinc Coated Screw – 1 LB Box
Presa Premium Paint Brushes Set, 5 Piece

Now I have a gorgeous farmhouse table and I only spent a few hundred dollars! Let me know if you take on this project or have any other questions about how we constructed this upscale cheapskate table.

Thanks so much for the inspiration Shanty2Chic

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