Even if you’re a total beginner, you can create a Farmhouse Table and chairs with this EASY DIY Weekend-Project!
Re-designing the kitchen in our home has been a long, arduous process. What started as a “we can totally tackle this in a week” project has turned into almost 18 months of stripping, sanding, priming, painting, removing, replacing, and exhaustion. While waiting on some of the bigger projects, like the countertops, cabinets, and floors that require a longer timeline, I have been tackling small Weekend-Warrior style projects to fill in the gaps of anticipation, like DIY-ing a Farmhouse Table.
When I first moved into this house, I had a rather large, oval, cherry wood dining table that sat 6. The “dining” space (which is more like a breakfast area) is in the same room as the kitchen and the laundry room, so space was at a premium. After several attempts to rearrange the space, we swapped out the cherry behemoth in favor of something smaller. We decided on the JOKKMOKK Table and Chairs from Ikea, because they were a fair price, and they were made from simple pine. I would be able to DIY stain or paint the set to suit our kitchen’s style.
Below are the materials and supplies I used, as well as a basic walkthrough of what I did to “flip” my dining room.
Gathering the Materials & Supplies for your Farmhouse Table Hack
With a Lowe’s only a mile away, I was able to gather everything I needed in less than 20 minutes.
I knew I wanted a chalky paint in white, and I was torn between two Valspar Shades: Kid Gloves and Her Dainties. I decided on Kid Gloves because it was a creamier color, and it was available in a spray should I ever need to touch up or spray paint something to match.
Choosing a Sealer was not a difficult decision because I knew what look I was going for. While it is not always necessary to seal chalk paint, my dining set needs that extra protection due to daily use. If you don’t seal the paint, it will wear very easily because of its soft powdery finish.
I chose clear satin acrylic sealing wax because I didn’t want to add additional color to my finish. If you want to achieve a more “aged” look or to add texture to a darker color, there is antiquing wax also available by Valspar.
For staining the top of my table, I decided against using a brush because I tend to be a drippy painter. I picked up some Furniture Stain Pads for $2.58 and decided to try them out. They are basically a terry cloth-wrapped sponge that allows you to wipe on thin layers of stain. I decided I would use one to apply and one to wipe off excess.
I had brushes at home I wanted to use, but I did a price-check at Lowe’s to share here. I used a rounded polyester brush by Zibra for painting, and a poly-blend Blue Hawk brush for sealing. The rounded brushes will give me a more uniform coat of paint, and the Blue-Hawk brush will help me get an even coat of wax, especially in the corners and crevices.
NOTE: For most of my chalk-painting projects, a cheapo chip brush is the way to go: they’re thin, easy-to-wash, and lends the perfect texture to the finish.
Disassembling The Table and Chairs
First, I removed the legs from my table and set the top up on sawhorses. Thankfully, I still had the tool from when I assembled it, so it was quick and easy. I then removed the seats from the chairs. I put all of the hardware with the tool into a plastic bag so I could find it later.
I set up for staining first, so the table top was on sawhorses, and the seats were on my patio table (over a layer of cardboard).
Preparing The Surfaces for the Perfect Farmhouse Table Look
Whether you want your Farmhouse table to be perfectly smooth or have an “aged” look, taking the time to prep your surface will give your the perfect finish!
- Wipe any dust or dirt from the surface.
- Scrape off any stuck-on bits of nastiness.
- Sand any rough spots – OR – rough up any smooth spots!
- Wipe down the surface with a cleaner, like mineral spirits or TSP, making sure to follow directions on container. Allow to dry.
Staining the Table and Chairs
I wanted a richer brown top for my Farmhouse Table, so I chose a Minwax Stain that I already had at home in Provincial.
Quick note for your safety: Staining should be done in a well-ventilated area. Do not inhale the fumes, and be sure to wear protective gloves. Don’t let it get in your eyes or on your skin.
- As always, READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE CONTAINER BEFORE YOU BEGIN. We don’t want any surprises during this process.
- Open the can and stir, stir, and stir some more! Now is not the time to rush!
- TEST your stain in a hidden area and wait to see if you like the color. This is just like dying your hair – we don’t want ANY surprises!
- Apply your stain lightly using a CLEAN brush, rag, or staining pad. Apply in the direction of the wood grain in even strokes.
- Allow the stain to soak into the wood for 5 to 15 minutes. The color will darken the longer it sits.
- After the color has been achieved, use a clean rag or pad to wipe off the stain that has not penetrated the wood. Wipe in the direction of the wood grain, and blend in any areas that are not uniform. Don’t allow any unabsorbed stain to dry on the surface!
- Allow to dry 4-6 hours. If the color is too light, you may apply a second very thin coat and repeat steps 4-6 above.
Painting the Chairs & Table Legs
- I’m sure you already know, but just to be sure: READ THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN!
- Open the can and stir the paint.
- Apply the paint in a thin even layer using a brush. It will be dry to the touch in an hour, but it is recommended wait 24 hours between coats.
MY TIPS: : Using the round brush on the chairs, I painted all of the crevices and hard-to-reach areas first, then I painted the horizontal pieces, then I painted the vertical pieces. For the table legs, I mounted them onto a cardboard base so I could paint all four sides at once.
NOTE about chalk paint: The first coat may not be very pretty. It will probably be streaky and show lots of brushstrokes. What is important is to ensure an even foundation, so the second coat will be smooth and even. If your base color is light enough, one coat can lend that rustic-whitewashed look to your Farmhouse table.
Sealing the Table & Chairs with Sealing Wax
FInish with Sealing Wax to give that matte satin finish that is a Farmhouse Style classic!
- Are there directions on your can? READ THEM!
- Apply the wax in small sections using a round brush. Apply in the direction of the wood grain in a thin, even layer.
- Use a soft rag to quickly wipe off any excess wax from the surface.
- Allow to dry.
MY TIPS: Because the wax is thick, I lightly dipped my round brush directly into the can. After I finished all the surfaces, I let my wax dry overnight, then I gave it a quick, gentle buff/wipe with a clean cloth to make sure I got all the excess wax off the surface, I didn’t want any sticky globs on my Farmhouse Table.
Reassemble & Enjoy Your Farmhouse Table!
According to the directions, the surfaces can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. After a set period of time, they can be cleaned with mild soap and water. I would advise being extra-gentle with the surfaces for at least a week to avoid damaging the finishes.