In a house that has a rustic aesthetic, nothing drives the atmosphere home quite like a wonderfully weathered homemade farm table. Of course, because farm houses are all historically decorated so differently, with lots of personal touches and kitschy details, there are just about countless ways to make a farmhouse table of your own. We’ve been toying with the idea of taking that challenge on ourselves lately, so we’ve spent a lot of time researching techniques and styles to ensure we make something we really love.
Just in case you’d like to try making your very own farmhouse inspired table as well, here are 15 of the best designs and most helpful tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. Three part rustic table
Have you got some woodworking experience but you know that building an entire table of your own from scratch will still be quite a challenge for you? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at this tutorial outlined in detail by Popular Mechanics. They show you how to construct a table that’s primarily created from only three main parts!
2. Light wood picnic table
In our grandparents’ old farmhouse, the main dining area was filled by an old wooden picnic table. This might have become the kind of piece you’d normally see outside at parks now, but back then it was better for fitting a large, busy family at during big dinners with lots of dishes. Love Grows Wild shows you how to make one in the old style with benches that pull in and out.
3. Natural top with painted legs
Are you the kind of DIY enthusiast who is constantly torn between your love for natural wood and finishes but also your appreciation for colours and a good tone pop in decor schemes? Then we have a feeling you’ll adore the way Instructables teaches you to make a natural wood tabletop that has crisply painted legs for contrast.
4. Wide stained wood picnic table
Just in case you’re very interested in the indoor picnic table style indeed but you’re just not sure the light wood works for you, or perhaps you’d prefer a wider table because you’ve got the space to work with, here’s another fantastic tutorial from DIY Pete! They show you how they chose their recycled wood selections and attached multiple beams with wise to get a tabletop and benches the size they really wanted.
5. Natural top with decorative legs
What if you’re actually looking for a piece that has a slightly more ornate style than some of the things you’ve seen? After all, “farmhouse” doesn’t always have to mean weathered or visually upcycled. Instead, take a look at how Rogue Engineer kept their tabletop naturally stained but both painted and carved detail into their legs for a bit more visual interest.
6. Stunning contrast table
Are you finding yourself quite interested indeed in these well contrasted pieces but you’re just not sure you’ve seen the one for you quite yet? Then maybe you’d like to follow a design that contrasts even more. Check out how Decor and The Dog made their table top darker and more rugged or unfinished around the edges to really create a difference between that and their smoothly shaped, neatly painted legs.
7. Farmhouse table with benches or chairs
Are you looking for a farmhouse table that’s undoubtable in its style but a little bit customizable to your space and needs as well? In that case, we think you’ll get along quite well indeed with something like this awesome table from East Coast Creative! It’s awesome because it shows you how to make a table that works with benches or chairs, as well as how to make the benches.
8. Reclaimed wood table
Does an explicitly rustic, super weathered looking table actually sound like exactly what you’re hoping to make because that’s the kind of table you remember eating around at the family farm when you were a little kid? Then we think you’ll get a lot of inspiration and guidance from the tutorial and materials guide outlined in detail on Look What Jeff Did!
9. Cross braced farmhouse picnic table
Maybe you have a very large, boisterous family and you know that your furniture goes through a lot of wear and tear? Then you might benefit from making something that has a little more support built in. That’s why we’d suggest taking a look at the way Homesthetics made their farmhouse picnic table with cross braces on both the table itself and the matching benches!
10. DIY bevel legged table with matching benches
Are you actually so interested in the idea of making a natural topped table with decorative legs that you can’t help wondering what matching benches that clearly mimic that scheme too must look like? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how I Heart Naptime created not just a table with a stained topped and painted, bevelled legs, but also two side benches that follow that same scheme nice and neatly.
11. Rustic farmhouse coffee table
Believe it or not, full sized dining tables aren’t the only kind of farmhouse inspired tables you can make and display in your home! We’re also massive fans of rustic looking, homemade wooden tables in smaller iterations as well, like this DIY farmhouse coffee table outlined step by step for you by Love Grows Wild.
12. X-braced table and benches
Did we actually catch your attention when we started talking about reinforced tables and benches with braces but the look of the previous design was showed you, where the braces sit on the ends, just isn’t for you? Then we’d suggest directing your attention to the way Leap of Faith Crafting made theirs instead! They guide you carefully through the process of adding an X-brace long-ways, down the full length of your table and benches alike. We really like the way it looks!
13. Chalk paint farmhouse side table
In the category of other kinds of tables you can make besides dining tables, here’s a fantastic, lightly weathered looking side table design for your consideration! We love the way Coffee + Moxie used a white chalkboard paint to coat their natural wood in order to give it a sort of sea-washed or sun bleached feel, like it might have spent some time outside on the porch one summer.
14. High gloss polished table and bench
Just because you’re making yourself a table that has a farmhouse aesthetic to it doesn’t mean it has to be all weathered edges and rough wood finish! We’re actually huge fans of the way Ginger and The Huth carefully sanded and stained their tabletop, keeping the grain of the wood visible but giving it a shining glaze that still keeps the piece looking fresh and cared for.
15. Farmhouse coffee table with wheels
Just in case you loved the idea of making yourself a farmhouse coffee table but you’re not sure the previous design we showed you was quite the one for you, here’s an alternative that’s a bit of a statement piece and actually a lot of fun to make! Check out how Decor or Design created a pieced together wooden top with rustic metal studs and then, instead of legs, added large old fashioned wheels to hold it up.
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