{before & after} barnwood table

{before & after} barnwood table

barn wood table

Our little table is complete! It is soooo beautiful. When we first collected the wood, it looked like this:

barnwood boards untouched

And NOW, it looks like this!!

barnwood farm table complete

AHHHHHHHH! I love it!

We don’t really have chairs- ha! {these I just stuck there for the photos}. Our plan is to have a bench for the kids on one side and 2 chairs for us on the other. Its small and narrow and really just for our tiny fam so we don’t have to destroy the dining room at every meal.

barnwood farm table complete

Our original thought was to do a whole tutorial on how to build a farm table. But then we didn’t. Fail.

It is because Nathan went out to the shop one Saturday and put it all together in ONE day with out me taking any photos. Oops. The sanding and painting wasn’t complete in a day, but the actual how-to of putting together was out the window. I did catch a few photos when he first started…cutting the legs out on his new table saw from my parents…it was FREEZING that day…

nathan making the legs

And here is the table legs right before we attached & trimmed the wood:

barnwood farm table before

They are solid OAK boards, so we knew they would stand up to a good beating {our kids}. The wood for the legs and the skirt came from the sawmill leftover from our workshop.

I really wasn’t sure how it would look after sanding. So we sanded. A LOT. First with a belt sander, then with a finer and finer grit until it was super smooth.

I also wasn’t sure what to put on the sanded boards to bring out a rich color…so I got some tips from this super fun chica HERE. She used Howard’s Feed and Wax…so I used Howard’s…

howard's feed and wax

and got this…

barnwood farm table complete

YES, there are cracks and giant holes. I don’t care. When they fill up with oatmeal, we might just make a new one and use this as a buffet table- who knows?

barnwood farm table close up

It is a perfect fit in our LITTLE NOOK in our LITTLE KITCHEN with our LITTLE YELLOW DOOR…

kitchen nook

Our little matryoshka nesting dolls from our trip to Kazakhstan keep watch…

kitchen shelf

A matching bench that can slide underneath and 2 small colorful chairs…will make for one happy sunny kitchen, don’t you think?

barnwood farm table

I am sooo thankful to Nathan for all his mad skill. He LOVES to build furniture…hope this will be the first of many using this barnwood. Maybe even end up on our etsy shop one of these days…we have so many designs floating around in our heads…

barnwood farm table

barnwood farm table

Have a beautiful day! Hope your valentines was filled with love.



  • Loren

    I love this so much, Sarah and Nathan!!! Did you put anything else on the table after sanding besides the Howards??

    • sarah

      Thanks Loren! Yes, LOTS of coats of poly!! Sanding gently in between each. And the color is Bedford Gray, Martha Stewart on my walls (I actually used behr paint but color matched to get the martha color). LOVE – its even better in person.

  • sunshine

    ohmigosh. i love. . love. . love. . .

  • LOVE it!

  • Kelly Portnoy

    OH MY WORD!!! Fantabulous! It seriously looks like it was destined for that wall. The ruddiness of the wood against the white and grey with the pop of yellow on the door…PERFECTION! Bravo, bravo Torrences.

  • naanders

    So where do you find Howard?

    • Anonymous

      Nancy– Howard was at Home Depot :)

  • Kirsty

    It’s absolutely perfect. I still love ours and want to snuggle with it every day. Yours turned out beautifully. I heart Howard’s. It’s the best. Thanks for the shout out. You guys did great!

  • Ginger

    Gorgeous. I am in love with the table. Did you do anything else besides the FeednWax??? I would love to know, I love the color!

    • Nancy- Howard was at Home Depot :)
      Ginger- Thanks! Straight up sanded, applied Howard’s, then poly clear coat (4 poly coats to be exact). Isn’t that crazy? No stain or nothin. I only knew it would turn out that way because I sanded a sample piece first and tried it!

  • GU34C34

    Great job you two! I love the look! and………it will make clean up a snap! Just brush the crumbs towards the hole :-)

    • Shelly- yes, we like the holes that lead to the floor. Charlie our dog does too. It’s his feeding hole.

    • Anonymous

      Shelly– yes, we like the holes that lead to the floor. Char­lie our dog does too. It’s his feed­ing hole.

  • Candace

    love it!!! it is absolutely gorgeous sarah!! well done!!

  • Emily Nelson Walsh

    Love this! Brandon and I are making plans to get crafty and make our own barnwood table this summer. Any tips? I think we may try using the wax you used. It is gorgeous!

  • Hmiller99

    beautiful table…i am getting ready to do an 8×4 table for my wife before she gets back from Kuwait. One question…for the top, did you simply sand the barnwood, or did he use a planer as well?
    Great job

    • Just a sander! Pretty heavy grit at first to get it smooth then a finer grit.

    • Anonymous

      Just a sander! Pretty heavy grit at first to get it smooth then a finer grit.

  • R_heyde

    Oh, it is gorgeous!!!  What kind of poly did you use? 

    • Anonymous

       Thanks! Just the basic Minwax Satin that you can get at Home Depot!

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  • Holly B.

    How did you attach the barnwood to the table? Nail gun?

    • Nathan_at_508

      Wood screws. Underneath the top boards are some cross-pieces than run perpendicular to the top boards. I screwed the boards together from underneath.

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  • Krissy L.

    My husband and I are working on our own barn table now, I love the look of yours! What different types of grit did you sand with? And then you used the howard product? Did the feed and wax solve the extremely thirsty wood problem? And then you did the poly?, how many coats of poly did you end up needing and how is the finish holding up to the kids? One more question did you use a stain or was this the beautiful rich color you got after the howard and poly? Its beautiful!

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