Wednesday, June 23, 2010

FRENCH FARMHOUSE TABLE


This table is long and rustic...
elegant and shabby at the same time..
Has 10' length planks of pine for the top
and old crusty black paint on it's legs.
It is beautiful now~ though when we started the re-do...
it didn't look quite like this.


When we started, the table top was warped beyond fixing and the finish was flaking and peeling off. this
While at my friend Sandy's shop - I saw the most gorgeous HUGE farmhouse table...
Long, distressed and so shabby beautiful...
I decided perhaps we should try to salvage part of the table and build a long table with it's frame.

My son Cullan always enjoys a good project, so I showed him
an inspiration picture and we started working.

Cullan hard at work under the framework of the table

We went to the hardware store and bought the wood for the sides-
we needed to extend the current frame from 5' to 8'- we used nice chunky 2x wood.
We also bought several pieces of clear 1 x 10's for the top.
He tinkered, cut and screwed the table frame back together and secured each table leg in place.
Then he added two supports for the middle so the tabletop wouldn't sag or bow too easily.


We placed the pine planks on the frame and tried to get them to line up evenly.
He climbed underneath the top while I held them from moving
and he secured them to the supports and to the frame with wood screws.

Pre-stain but with the new top in place


After all the boards were in place, Cullan and my oldest son Ryan stained
and then sanded the coats of dark walnut stain before applying two coats of polyurethane.


Then they handed it off to me to finish.
I painted the new frame and old legs a fresh coat of navy black and sanded a bit here and there
for some distressing to the finish.


The table looks absolutely AMAZING.
The added length really makes the space under the pergola and the dark stained top
adds a bit of character to the pine.

Cost Breakdown on this one-
Pine Planks for top- $9.00 each - total of $36.00
I had the paint- it is the paint I used for my window boxes and front door.
The 8' 2x4's for the sides were already bought and leftover from another project- so not technically free- they were $2.50 each stick.
I had the stain in the basement because we used it when we refinished our hardwood floors.

The boys did a FANTASTIC job on this and it
worked out perfectly for the dinner party I hosted a couple of weeks later.


This is how the table (and the pergola which was destroyed by the snow! ) looked last summer...
The table has since been painted and it moved into the house for the winter but now that it's warming up
and nearly May...it's heading back outside.

I'll be sharing it's new look next week!
:)

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

HAPPY GRADUATION RY!



I HAVEN'T BLOGGED IN AWHILE - NO EXCUSES BUT WANTED TO SHARE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I HAVEN'T BEEN ON HERE RECENTLY.
MY OLDEST SON GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL LAST WEEK.
YAY!
AND AT THE SAME TIME
OMGOSH!
I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH MY FIRST BABY GRADUATING IS AFFECTING ME.
I KNOW IT'S CLICHE BUT, IT REALLY DOES SEEM LIKE YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS HOLDING MY FIRST NEWBORN BABY IN MY ARMS.
7LBS OF ADORABLENESS.
LONG FINGERS & BROWN HAIR THAT CURLED JUST A BIT AFTER SMOOTHING IT
TINY LITTLE FEET, DIMPLES & THE SWEETEST LITTLE FACE
HE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND I WAS SO IN LOVE FROM THE FIRST SECOND

HE HAS GROWN AND CHANGED SO MUCH IN THE PAST 17 YEARS.
HE IS TALL, WITH LONG WAVY HAIR AND A DEFINITE 'MAN' BUILD NOW.
HIS SMILE IS WIDE AND HE HAS A CONFIDANT AIR ABOUT HIM.
HE IS LEAD SINGER AND GUITARIST IN HIS BAND & I GET SO MUCH JOY OUT OF WATCHING HIM PERFORM
EVEN IF THE MUSIC TOOK SOME GETTING USED TO WHEN HE DECIDED TO SING METAL.

HIS LONG FINGERS NOW PLAY THE STRINGS ON HIS GUITAR
HIS HAIR IS LONG, CURLS AND IS HARD TO SMOOTH
HIS FEET ARE BIG, BUT HE HAS THOSE CHARMING DIMPLES AND SWEET FACE

WHEN HE SMILES SOMETIMES, I SEE THAT LITTLE 3 YEAR OLD BOY SMILING AT ME.
RACING OUT TO DRIVE HIS TOY CARS AROUND THE YARD
PLAYING WITH HIS LEGOS, DINOSAURS AND TONKA TRUCKS & LEARNING THE NAMES OF THE UNITED STATES
AND BEING SO PROUD OF HIMSELF WHEN HE KNEW THEM ALL

MY HEART IS SO FULL OF PRIDE AND I AM SO EXCITED FOR HIM TO BE STARTING HIS LIFE OUT IN THE WORLD.
DISCOVERING WHO HE IS.
TRAVELING.
LIVING HIS LIFE.
BECOMING WHO HE WANTS TO BE.

SO, IT IS WITH PRIDE AND JOY AND LOVE THAT I AM SHOUTING TO THE WORLD

"WAY TO GO!
I'M SO PROUD OF YOU!
YOU DID IT!
GO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!"

BUT WITH JUST A WEE BIT OF BITTERSWEET MIXED IN WITH ALL THE LOVE
I LOVE YOU RY! GREAT JOB!