Introduction: Frugal Farmhouse Dining Table

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We came home from overseas and built a house. With no furniture, and no money to buy new stuff for a whole new house, here's what we did for our dining room. Repurposed barnwood, ceiling planks, scraps of lumber, a mattress topper and some shower curtains, and we've got a great little dining nook that can comfortably seat twelve (and storage for my root vegetables and other items!)

Step 1: Find Some Old Wood to Salvage

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Inside this old farmhouse on our property we found a gem. A massive long old shelf leaning up against the wall, just waiting to be used. Dragged it out, and cut it in half.

Step 2: Scrub, Bleach, Sand, Repeat!

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Lots of elbow grease to get it all cleaned up enough to eat off of!

Step 3: Build a Stand

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We used leftover 2x4s from our house framing, screwed 2 together and stained to fake the heavier beam look and made a cross-rail, oxer thingy for the table to sit on. A little rough, but key word is "free" and "repurpose" and it did the trick beautifully.

Step 4: Clean Up and Stain the Table Top

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Cleaned up the edges, cut off the bad stuff, and rounded the edges using the lid for the screw bucket. Technical I know!

Stuck the two lengths of shelving together with two cedar planks (leftover decking) underneath. These planks are where the tabletop is sitting on the stand. Scrubbed in a light layer of stain and a few coats of polyurethane (or something similar, I forget what we chose to go with).

Step 5: Add Chairs

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Gave some cheap 2nd hand chairs a new life with some paint, a mattress topper and some shower curtain pieces.

Step 6: Built Window Benches

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Built two window benches with a rudimentary box shape, and lined it with leftover ceiling planks (pine tongue and groove). Painted it all white.

Cut a piece of plywood for the "lid" of the box, and cover it with mattress topper and shower curtain and we have a window seat. The fabric shower curtain has handled a lot of abuse and it wipes down really good too, so not worried about stains.

Add some hinges to the window seats and they double as storage boxes. Root vegetables keep perfectly in here, in the dark against an outside wall, and our guests would never know they're sitting right above my potatoes :)

Step 7: Curtains + Cushions = Cozy

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Perfect place to sit and enjoy a morning cup of coffee and watch for deer. Or even lounge back with a book. 12 people can comfortably have dinner together, and you can pack a lot of kids back there on those benches. They are awesome!

Comments

HStiles11 (author)2015-07-15

Swap for my bedsit flat in London!

meismeems (author)2015-07-10

You did an awesome job!! I love that you rounded the corners of the table, and it looks huge!! The window seats are a great way to seat people as well, good thinking. Very nice pillows. Inspiring!

NatalieL2 (author)meismeems2015-07-11

Meismeems, it IS huge. You can fit quite a lot of food in the centre of the table and still have lots of room around the edges for place settings - I love that about it.

debschlouch (author)2015-07-08

Love it! Great use of old wood & other materials! I will use this!

wetandforget (author)2015-07-06

Love everything about it! Nice job!

NatalieL2 (author)wetandforget2015-07-07

Thank you :)

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-07-05

That table turned out really nice.

Thank you! It's pretty basic, but we love its shape and size, it gets a ton of compliments and best of all it was free... it and the benches made 100% out of wood that was just going to waste. I love that about it.

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