I was trying to use the last few spring-itchy weeks of February to get a few projects done around the house. I showed you my (re)painted kitchen countertops. On the other side of the room we now (finally!) have a kitchen table that can fit us! I've been asking my husband to build a simple kitchen table for years and it's here! He was convinced he wouldn't be able to do it and I did that thing I do where I tell him over and over and over that he can until he finally gets so sick of me that he figures it out and does it. He loves me.
I wanted something uber simple. No fancy trestle or geometric legs or mission style or anything. Just a simple farmhouse table that can fit our whole family. The old oval table was getting tight and now that Ben wants to be up at the table, too, there really was no room left.
I love how it turned out. So much. He used pine 1x8 boards for the top and beams for the legs. Is it weird that cheap pine is probably my favorite wood? I love the knots and grooves and the color and the fact that it's not a huge deal if it gets dinged or scraped. We used Minwax "Special Walnut" to stain. We did first try the natural vinegar and steel wool method and the color just wasn't clicking with me. Too intense with the red undertones. It's sealed with three coats of satin polyurethane.
Brian had the boys help him make it for me which meant a lot to him as he has memories of helping his dad build a kitchen table with him when he was younger. There's something deeply human and more meaningful about a kitchen table than being just another piece of furniture, I think. It's the place where we will gather as a family for meals and games and crafts (eek.) and projects and communion. The place that will carry many a memory for these little people of ours. Here's hoping I can remember that when the water is spilling and the noise is overwhelming and the food is found everywhere but the beautiful table.
The legs are much further in than we would have picked but we had to work around the bench. We wanted the tabletop to overlap the bench for the kids so the legs needed to be set in more.
In this one you can see some of the dings and notches and knots :)
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