In order to finally, finally finish my farmhouse table project, Mr. Old House Chic and I had to slog through the snow to haul my solid wood table from my shop back inside my heated house to thaw out.

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I had to give it at least 24 hours for the wood to warm up before I dared to try to finish it.  By the time it was ready, I was bouncing around in anticipation of how good it was going to look with the gray wash and white weathered paint finish.

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Gray wash on bare wood

I started with the gray paint wash.   I painted the whole table with it and let it dry which took only around an hour.

Chalk Paint, DIY, Farmhouse Table, Barnwood look, Barn wood

Once it was dry to the touch, I used a pure white chalk paint and created thicker wash.    In some places, I painted too much on and in other places I felt like the white wash coverage wasn’t  enough.  I nitpicked and nitpicked until I told myself to step away.

I walked away to work to on other stuff and then rushed back to my table when inspiration hit.

During Round Two,  when I realized that the table base was going to have to be screwed together, Mr. Old House Chic showed me how to fill in each inset screw hole with a wooden plug that was cut flush.  What if I also painted the little wooden plug heads red to match the sassy cherry red casters!   I love any excuse to use red and was excited at how the little red dots would look with the casters.  I grabbed my go to can of barn red paint and got to work.

Red casters, red metal stool, farmhouse table, barn wood

As I painted my last polka dot on the table base, I stood up and realized that the table height was perfect as a craft table.  The casters made it taller than a regular dining room table and it was perfect for me as a 5’1 tall person to work standing up.  I looked up the traditional bar height measurements and compared it to my farmhouse table.  Sure enough, it was bar height which meant that the two bright red metal stools I had leftover from the 2014 market season would fit perfectly.  I squealed a happy noise and ran over Mr. Old House Chic on my way out to get them.

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My farmhouse table was carefully bundled away in my trailer to be taken off to the market…

And here is the big reveal:

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My Farmhouse table received all kinds of compliments at the market I participated in as a vendor and I couldn’t help but laugh.  I even tried to explain to one customer that it was “the project from hell” and she gave me this shocked look- obviously not a visitor to this blog . Ha!  I laughed awkwardly and said, “Um, pardon my French?”  and hurried off to no one that needed my help.

At the end of the market, the infamous farmhouse table was sold to a delightful woman that wanted it for her catering business…along with the monster wooden rolling shelf…from hell…that I built.


  1. Nikki
    January 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

    P E R F E C T !

    • bernadette
      January 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      You’re the best Nikki, thanks for the support!

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