UncategorizedOur Dining Table June 27, 2011I posted about our dining room last week and want to share a little about our Farmhouse Dining Table. Last summer, I started reading Knock-Off Wood and was hooked. My husband and I had talked about building furniture together before this, so a site that spelled it out for us was welcome. From my first day on the site, one of my favorite pieces was the Farmhouse Table. So, when we bought our house, I knew that building this table for our dining room was on our list. But, I was still shocked with how I got it. This past Christmas, I came home from work just a few days before the big day and found Chris in the ktichen. He said he wanted to give me my present early, which I wasn’t sure if I wanted or not. After the offer, though, my curiosity got the best of me and I agreed. He led me downstairs to our unfinished basement (current work area) and there it was: My dream Farmhouse Table. Please keep in mind that I was in the basement the night before and there was NO evidence of this. Chris took the day off from work in secret and made the entire thing in one day. I still can’t believe it. Not to brag, but I was pretty surprised and impressed with his skills. This was the first thing he’s ever built completely on his own. WOW. I was so excited. For a girl like me, this was the absolute most perfect gift for our first Christmas together. We really couldn’t decide how to finish it. I went back and forth between lots of options, but what we finally decided on was a weathered wood look. Then, the problem was how in the world do you make something look like weathered wood without weathering it? So, we spent a lot of time at Lowe’s paint counter and came up with a grayish stain that looked similar to what I had pictured. I would give you the color, but we altered it so much that I don’t think we could recreate it if we tried! Here’s an upclose of the finished product: We “dinged it up” a good bit with a palm sander and some other tools to give it a more rustic look. I really love how it turned out. In certain lights, it takes on a blue-green hue that I hadn’t really anticipated, but that’s definitely grown on me. It’s better than I had pictured. Thanks, honey.