How to Make a DIY Farmhouse Dining Room Table: Restoration Hardware Knockoff

| April 8, 2014 | 140 Comments

Brought to you from our friend Tommy Sibiga:

Farmhouse Table Feature

This dining room table has been a labor of love…so to speak. It’s been fun to try out new tools and new techniques, and I’ve learned a ton for the next time around.  This has really felt like the first time building something this substantial from the ground up.  Here’s how it all started.

I recently came across the blog Ana-White.com. It’s an amazing resource for do-it-yourself builders with great detailed building plans.  So far, I’ve used a couple plans for inspiration and techniques but have yet to follow one to a “t.” This is the original plan that led to motivating me to build the table. I also went to Restoration Hardware and checked out the table with my own eyes. I noticed a couple of crucial differences between the Ana-White plan and the actual Restoration Hardware table that I wanted to implement. The Restoration Hardware table used big, wide planks for the tabletop (so I used 4-2×12’s for the top), had big beefy table legs and cross beams (so I used 4×4’s), and I also really liked that it had two 15” extensions that could be added on (so I included that in my design).

The big problem with wanting to use 4×4’s for the legs is that nobody really sells 4×4’s unless they are pressure treated. I had to purchase a majority of the wood from a local mill, Siewers Lumber, which meant that it cost more than just using framing 2×4’s.

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The first thing that I did was cut the 2×12’s, 2×8’s (for the breadboards), and 4×4’s to length. I then notched the 4×4’s out. Using my table saw, I set the blade to the height that I wanted and then made the first cut and the last cut. I then made subsequent cuts in between, hammered out the little slivers, and then swerved the 4×4’s around on the table saw to smooth it all out. I strategically left about a 1/4” for the 4×4’s to still out just enough to give it some definition. I did the same for the 2×4 that was the stretcher along the bottom. Once I did this, it created a really strong foundation that would hold together by itself.

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Once I dry-fit it together, I went back and tweaked it some more to make it more subtle. I also then began the process of distressing it all, which included banging the legs on the concrete at the end of my driveway, hammering chains against the wood, hammering the wood, scratching with screws, etc. I also put a first coat of stain on things. Once the base was done, I focused on the tabletop. I used my Kreg jig for the first time to drill all the pocket holes on the underside of the 2×12’s. I spaced them out about every 12”. My plan was to construct the entire tabletop outside and then after I put together the base in the dining room, that I would move the massively heavy tabletop onto the base. The planks were heavy but one-by-one, I would place them together, clamp them down, clamp them together, and then screw in all the pocket screws. 

To complete the base, I needed to cut, distress, stain, and use the Kreg jig to drill holes, for the side aprons and end aprons. I moved all of these pieces into the empty dining room and constructed the base. I also added some 2×4 support beams about every 24”. Once I had all that together, we hoisted the entire tabletop onto it.

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I then attached the bread boards using all my clamps. Once that was done, I secured it to the base from the underneath. I countersinked some screws through the 2×4 supports and then also had some pocket holes through the 4×4’s. Once I had it all together, I decided to sand down some of the areas that weren’t quite flush.

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After a test strip with Briwax, Special Walnut, and American Classic, I decided to go with the original Dark Walnut stain. But the good news was that it made the distressing a little more subtle. I also learned that I love Briwax wood wax. So after a coat of stain, I used the Briwax (Light Brown) to finish off the table top. The awesome thing about the Briwax is that it makes the table smooth and gives it a nice, consistent shine.

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I did the same finish on the 15” extensions. Those were just two 2×8’s screwed together with the Kreg Jig. I then attached some 2×2 strips on the underneath to slip into the table. I notched out the base 1.5”x 1.5” to allow for a nice tight fit. I used my router to get it to the right depth. I also used the router for rounded-off edges on everything. Here’s the table with the extensions (total table length with extensions is 126”!)

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Here’s how the extensions work:

Farmhouse Table CollageHere are some of my favorite spots. I think these add some awesome character to the table.

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Check out the final product!

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Follow Tommy and Ellie’s blog for all farmhouse table measurement details and for a complete cut list and shopping list.

Do you like Tommy and Ellie’s style? Check out some of their other projects, like their DIY farmhouse benches, their gallery wall, and their dining room chairs featured in their home.

For more DIY projects and decor inspiration, visit the ForRent.com Apartment Living blog today!

 

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  1. Dana M says:

    Amazing! What a wonderful piece!

  2. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous and unique details! Thank you for sharing.

  3. linda says:

    really like! We are looking for ideas for a breakfast nook table that looks old. thanks!

  4. So impressed! Absolutely love it, and especially your creativity in figuring out how to make the extensions.

  5. Amber Amber says:

    Thanks everyone for all of the great and positive feedback! We were very lucky to have all of our finalists from our contest write guest blogs about their spaces. :)

    • Jennifer says:

      Just curious what type of wood you used.

      • Corey says:

        I have made this same table from Ana White. She has great plans on her site. I am pretty sure that he used standard Douglas Fir. The same wood they have at Home Depot really cheap and what builders use to frame houses. The majority of build time for me was sanding down the wood to make it smooth. The table turned out so nice that I ended making a second one that I sold to my aunt.

  6. Nicole says:

    I am in LOVE with your dining room!!! Do you mind giving info on where you got your curtains and the paint color? Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ellie Sibiga says:

      Hi, Nicole. Thank you so much for the kind words.

      The curtains are from Pottery Barn, they’re the Silk Dupioni curtains in “Wheat.” http://www.potterybarn.com/products/dupioni-silk-pole-pocket-drape/?pkey=csilk-drapes.

      The window hardware is from Lowe’s (double-rod) and tie backs.

      The color is “Mushroom” from Martha Stewart’s paint line. (We bought it at Home Depot).

      Hope that helps! The Sibigas

      • shayne says:

        I just wanted to know if the top boards came with all those nice divots, pits, and scared marks or if they were added? If they were added what items or techniques did you use.
        thanks

        • Tommy says:

          All the wood used was brand new wood that I distressed myself. Unfortunately, there’s no real scientific method I used….I simply took whatever I could find in my garage and started to bang it against the wood. I used pieces of chain link, my hammer, a screw driver, a really corse threaded screw, and some other abrasive items. For the table legs I even tried just banging it against the concrete outside my home.

          My recommendation…..take a piece of scrap wood and start banging things against it and see what marks you like. My inspiration was from our favorite blog “Young House Love,”

          Check out their blog post and video….. http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/04/making-new-wood-look-old/

          Hope that helps,

          Tommy

  7. apartments for rent in st. marys ga says:

    Impressive! This post is very helpful for apartment renters who are looking for cheap ways to re-invent their home. Why not turn the old into something new! :)

  8. LOVE IT! This is the EXACT table I want my husband to build us! We have 4 kids and like to entertain so something this size is great. The best part of course is the amazing look! LOVE IT!! GREAT JOB!! Thanks Kristy from http://www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com my crafty DIY blog

  9. Heather Mekelburg says:

    Beautiful table, exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’m going to have my husband build me one for Christmas. What type of wood did you use? Oak, Pine, etc?

  10. Tommy says:

    Heather,

    Thanks so much for the comment……feel free to browse our website for more details and other ideas. The table blog post can be found here;

    http://www.tommyandellie.com/Site/Home/Entries/2011/8/4_Farmhouse_Table_Details.html

    I’ve made several other tables since that one and I always use kiln dried pine from a local mill. I had to call around for a while to find a place that had kiln dried pine 4×4″s…..most only have either pressure treated or fir.

    Thanks again,

    Tommy

  11. cheap dining table and chairs says:

    Normally I do not learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

  12. Shauna says:

    Great job on the table! I love it!! I’m planning on making one of my own. Can I ask you a few questions? I connected to Ana White’s website, the site with the dimensions, and the dimensions on the images were very skewed and hard to read. Do you have the dimensions of each cut, length, etc? Or do you have a suggestion on how you read through her pictures?

    Thanks in advance!

    Shauna

  13. Kathleen says:

    I love your table! I am building a tv/wall unit with my neighbor and came to the conclusion that I am going to make my own table. I then came across your table on pinterest. Thanks so much for all the information. I am wanting to use just 4 table legs that have already been made…chuncky round legs…that I would just have to stain like the rest of the table. Do you have any suggestions to help secure these type of legs since I am not doing your table’s legs and cross beams?

    Thanks again! Your table is really awesome!

    Kathleen

    • Tommy says:

      Kathleen,

      I’d imagine that you could use wood glue and Kreg pocket screws. I might do a similar style we are use the Kreg screws for an outside apron and then do an additional inside support/apron. It all depends what the diameter of the legs are. I’m going to be trying something similar with some old bed posts but mine have a little flat spot that I’ll attach my aprons to.

      Sounds like it’ll look great!

      Tommy

  14. ergonomic office chair Perth says:

    Very helpful post man, thanks for the info.

  15. Lindsay says:

    If you don’t mind me asking, about how much would a table project like that one cost?

    • Tommy says:

      That depends on a lot of factors. If you use some cheap wood from Home Depot or Lowe’s you can pull it off pretty inexpensively. Same thing with the screws that you use. I use some high quality kiln-dried pine from a local mill that they take from a rough cut and then cut it, plane it, dress it, and make sure it’s true/straight.

      For budgeting purposes, I’d anticipate about $300.

  16. Jessica says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I hope to someday have the courage to build some pieces myself for my home. Well done, thanks for sharing.

  17. toney says:

    awesome job !!

  18. Amanda says:

    Love the table, my husband is going to make me one for Christmas—if you could send me the excel list of cuts that would be a time saver for him! Had a question about your extensions though. This may be stupid but how do they stay on? They don’t fold down on the ends it doesn’t look like so they would have to pop off and on somehow….also your support bars for the extensions, do they just slide back up under the table along the 2×4′s or do they come completely out when not in use as well? Thanks!!

    • Tommy says:

      Amanda,

      The extensions just slide in and out. They stick into the table approximately 24″ and if you notch it out well…..it’s a real nice/tight fit…..very sturdy. When not in use, you have to store them in a closet. When I studied the Restoration Hardware version of this table, that’s how I discovered this design feature.

      Send me an email at ourcontemporaryhome@gmail.com and I’ll pass along my cut list.

      Thanks,

      Tommy

  19. Jaylynn says:

    I might be biaetng a dead horse, but thank you for posting this!

  20. Rachel says:

    This table is absolutely gorgeous. I wish we could build on but our dining room is so small. I will definitely hold onto this for whenever we get a bigger house. My husband has a friend that does all kinds of work like this and I could probably talk him into doing it. I think it would be even more amazing if it was done in a square shape and just a bit taller to imitate a pub table.

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  22. Michelle MCElhannon says:

    Very impressed, and would like to connect to the spreadsheet with the blueprints, but can’t connect through the link provided!

    Awesome table, great article!

  23. Jamie says:

    Can I ask what kind of wood you used?

    • Tommy says:

      That table has fir for the legs and pine for everything else. I’ve built this table several times after this one and now I only use high quality kiln dried pine from a local mill. I’d recommend spending more and saving yourselves the headache of sifting through below average wood from the big box store.

      • meredith says:

        I have never looked into finding a local mill. Is that something I can do in Phoenix? LOL! I am from Portland OR and finding fir from a mill seems like it would be a no brainer but now that i live in this stupid desert, the idea of finding a mill scares me off a bit. Any tips? PS – Love Ana White. We move into a new home in 2 weeks and I anticipate lots of her projects!

  24. Jessica says:

    I would really like your cut list for this table. Also, you don’t happen to have a kids table an, do you?

  25. Jessica says:

    I can’t get to your website to see the plan….is it possible you could email it to me? Jssknn@aol.com.

  26. Tommy says:

    The table pictured is the first table that I built. I used fir for the legs and pine for everything else. I’ve built several more tables since that one and now I only use kiln-dried pine from a local mill. My advice would be to spend the extra money on higher quality materials than you might get from the big box store….it’ll be worth it when you start putting it all together.

  27. LOVE THIS! I wonder if I can sucker my hubby into making this! hmm. :)

  28. Courtney says:

    LOVE this table! did you make the bench, too?? we’ve just expanded our family from 6 to 8 and our table is TIGHT! maybe we can find the time to do this…hmm..

  29. Amber Amber says:

    Hey there Courtney! Tommy is amazing and he did make the bench as well! He did a guest blog for us about his bench here: http://blog.forrent.com/contests/farmhouse-benches-guest-blogger-tommy-sibiga and you can also check out Tommy and his wife Ellie’s blog http://www.tommyandellie.com! Thanks for stopping by and we are so happy that you have found Tommy’s blog useful!

  30. I was wondering why you didn’t want to use pressure treated wood for the 4×4 legs? Also, I am having trouble with the link you posted of the blueprints. I, too, and interested in your ‘cut list’ excel sheet. My email is booksarenerdy at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  31. Jenny says:

    I wish, wish, wish I was this handy! Beautiful, I LOVE It.

  32. Carly says:

    Could you please post how to make the bench? Everything came out beautiful!

    • Amber Amber says:

      Hi Carly! Here is a link to a blog that Tommy did on how to make the benches. blog.forrent.com/contests/farmhouse-benches-guest-blogger-tommy-sibiga I hope that you find this helpful!

  33. Tommy says:

    Thanks everybody for all the great comments. I’ve written new and improved building plans for this table with much, much, more details. Stop by our blog and check it for yourself; http://tommyandellie.com/?p=2582

    http://www.tommyandellie.com

  34. Lucas says:

    Looks awesome but I can’t tell what type of wood you used. Did you use pine or is it another type of wood?

    Thanks!

  35. Pat Baker says:

    You did a wonderful job on this “Farmhouse Table” Will you build me one……The style is just like the one I have been wishing for with Pottery Barn. Terrific job….will have to show my brother in law this project.

  36. Mary says:

    Wow this table is amazingly beautiful! Exactly what I have been wanting. Thank you so much for sharing it. The link with the measurements won’t open for me. Would you mind emailing me what you have? I really want to try making one myself. Also if you could let me know type of wood and about how many hours it took you to do I would appreciate it! Thanks again

  37. Kyley says:

    How much ddo you think it cost you to build this?! It’s gorgeous and i want to build something similar but my husband is convinced it would be more expensive to build… :) Beautiful job!

    • Tommy says:

      Costs is totally dependent on what type of wood you buy and where you buy it from. I buy high quality wood from a local mill and can spend around $250-300 just on lumber. If you buy whatevers on the shelf at Home Depot…you could do it for as little as $150. But afterall, you get what you pay for.

  38. Dawn says:

    I was wanting to know a rough price range as well! LOVE this Table!!

  39. JT says:

    My wife saw the photos of the table you built and showed them to me. This table resembles the “Dream table” she recently found at a local high priced furniture store. Since I am a do it yourself type person, this has became the priority for me as my next project. Would you please send me your cut plans. I do appreciate you sharing… And I will definitely visit your website for future plans!

  40. M says:

    Fabulous table! Great job. I have a question: what is the name of the paint used on the walls? Love it! :)

  41. karlynn sanders says:

    could you please send me the spreadsheet of the farmhouse table and bench cuts? I want my husband to make this table and bench its absolutely beautiful!! Thanks so much in advance!!

  42. kitchen plumbing says:

    The set should fit in with all the other furniture in the dining room. It should also fit in with the décor in the room. Failure to make sure the set is right for the room means there will be no harmony in the room.

  43. Karen says:

    My goodness! This table is amazingly gorgeous! Wish I could just BUY one from you! hehe :) Hubby and myself are so NOT good carpenters, but that is absolutely gorgeous!!! Prettier than any I’ve seen in stores!

  44. Justina says:

    Hi,
    I love this table and would like to know what it cost you to make it (not including your labor!!) vs. what it would cost to buy it (ex. restoration hardware)

  45. Cammie says:

    Great table!!! We have been looking for a design idea so we can build a table that is big enough for my 5 BIG boys and me in my wheelchair to sit around. With the table extension this will work perfectly!! Thank you from Dan and Cammie!

  46. Leigh Anna says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I came across this on pinterest, looking forward to making this gorgeous table!!

  47. Woning huren says:

    Good job!

    I just rented a house. it fits nicely in this table.

  48. Paige says:

    Beautiful Table!!

    I know you have already been asked this, but what are the dimensions of the table? I tried clicking on your blog link that you previously posted for that but it didn’t work.. I am wanting to do a table like this myself but am unsure about the dimensions. This looks like a great size!

    What is the length of the table without the extenders? and what is the width of the table..?

    Paige

  49. Debbie says:

    Will you make me one?

  50. Jamie says:

    I was just wondering how many of each piece you needed for table and bench without extensions. Length also? Thank you!!

  51. Bethanne says:

    Amazing! We are going to be starting this project very soon. Thanks for posting something that I have been searching for in stores. Your style matches mine to a tee, so thanks again!

  52. Heather S says:

    Love the table and plan on attempting once in our new home…but I am curious about one more thing…the paint color of your dining room. I love it! Could you tell me the name or possibly the brand paint?

  53. Hey!! Can you talk about the parsons chairs? I love them! Where did you get them? Did you cover them yourself? Thanks!

  54. sandy says:

    Do you also have plans for the bench that is shown with the table?

  55. Marilu Fleming says:

    I love your table. This would be perfect for our new house could you please e-mail your excel sheet for the table and bench please. Thank you in advance

  56. Niki Richie says:

    I am pretty much obsessed with your table! You must be quite the do it your selfer as it looks like a professional table that you could find at Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn. Would you consider selling or making another and if so, how much would you charge?

  57. Cheryl says:

    I love your table! I just refinished my table with Special Walnut. I have never heard of Briwax and will have to check it out. Beautiful!

    Cheryl

  58. Amie says:

    my husband just built the ana white version of this table (using her plans) and i LOVE it. we stained it dark walnut and i ordered the briwax in clear. is that all you used on your table top. it says “not meant for surfaces that come in contact with water”. i love the way your top looks! is it fine as long as water doesn’t sit on it?

  59. Debe says:

    Beautiful job. My woodshop has more tools than most men have and somehow want to buy more. I will be building this. Also, the bench is a perfect compliment.
    Keep on building.

  60. Bucky says:

    Tommy, how did you notch the 4×4 stretchers? Cannot figure it out from pics

    Thanks, Bucky

  61. plumbing says:

    Choose the dining table material based on what kind of use it will be put to.

  62. Tommy says:

    Please don’t email me asking for the excel sheet or questions regarding how to build this table without FIRST checking out our own blog. I have tried my best to document and make available every possible resource I can think of to help others recreate a table just like this.

    If you want the excel sheet….go here; http://tommyandellie.com/index.php/2012/06/28/cut-list-and-shopping-list-for-farmhouse-tables-benches-and-extensions/

    If you want newer and much more detailed plans….go here; http://tommyandellie.com/index.php/2012/01/13/new-and-improved-farmhouse-table-details/

    If you want the blueprints….go here; http://tommyandellie.com/index.php/2011/09/25/the-blueprints/

    If those links don’t work for you and if you browse around our blog and still don’t find what you’re looking for….then feel free to email me and I’ll help you out as best as I can.

  63. jonathan says:

    how much was this total I am looking into buying a table but if this is a reasonable price to build i will just do that.

  64. Anthony Rios says:

    could you please email me the excel file as well for the table. I am going to start on this soon. We have been looking at a good fix for a table – with a family of 8 I am going to need to make it big for not only the family but also to fit guests as well.

  65. Amber says:

    Can you email me the spreadsheet please? My email is akaiser085@gmail.com.

    Thanks,
    Amber

  66. Bill says:

    My wife an I just love your table! It is exactly what we have been looking for. Have you considered making them to order and selling? If you would, I’d love to talk with you. please email me at hendry1337@bellsouth.net if that’s something you would do. Thanks!

  67. Nicky Mooney says:

    My boyfriend made this for me this weekend and so far looks great. I used a dark walnut stain and mine looks ALOT darker than the pic above… will the briwax in light brown lighten it? or should I sand it down go over lightly again and then use the briwax? Is the briwax a substitute for polyurethane?

  68. Nicky Mooney says:

    soooo on your reading your post more I understand that the color I saw and liked was the special walnut so now I am waiting for the stupid humidity to go away so I can sand it down and redo it with the special walnut. I hope I can get it the color I wanted, my boyfriend did such a great job and I was responsible for the staining and that hasn’t exactly gone to plan :( boo!

  69. Grace says:

    I love this table!!! R u able to custom make it for me?

  70. Christi says:

    I was wondering the same thing. I would like to buy the exact table and bench. Please send details. :)

  71. Dorris says:

    Love your finish! We just made a table of our own, but we used poly for the finish. We didn’t love how shiny ours turned out. We’re going to definitely look into using wax for finishes in the future. Nice work!

  72. Debra says:

    I would love to try to build this! Can you please send me the plans?!

  73. rachel says:

    Love the table! looks awesome! could you plz send the spread sheet to my e-mail? and also some info about the bench. Thanks :)

  74. Craig says:

    I am so impressed with this table/blog. I have done lots of metal projects in my life even made my living at it but I am not a wood worker in any form or fashion. After reading and looking at this makes me believe I can do this. Tommy, You may have just created a new wood worker, in me. Thanks for sharing.

  75. Lisa says:

    My husband and I are going to try to make this table! Any specific directions on making the bench?

  76. chris says:

    I would love an email with the spreadsheet and kind of wood you used. Also, how did you get that spot with the curve, one of the pictures you liked. Sander, router, etc?

    Chris

  77. Dawn says:

    OMG this is beautiful, you did a fantastic job!!!! Did you also mae the bench and what type of wood did you use? How much did it all cost you when you were done? Oh and the other difference between your table and the ones at Restoration Hardware the hefty price tag!! lol

  78. Mrs.Lewis says:

    Will you come make me one…. this is exactly what I want but my husband wasn’t understanding what I was telling him. Instead I got one made of two 4×8 sheets of oak with pedistal legs. UGH. it’s not the look I am after. Really love this table.

  79. hireeventfurniture says:

    I really like your collection

  80. Dessy Anaiwan @ Appliances Connection says:

    Simple , but looks beautiful. The hard work always results. Great !

  81. Nicole says:

    I would love your excel spreadsheet as well for this project… nicolel.lemon@gmail.com I’m also wondering roughly how much this table costs in materials it’s goregous!

    • Jason Potts Jason Potts says:

      Hello there, it really is a beautiful table! For lists on materials, costs and much more for this project, simply follow the links at the bottom of the blog post and it will show you everything you’ll need to make it for yourself! Thanks!

  82. Nicole Gan says:

    I so love this rustic dining table, matches perfectly the dining room

  83. Klenovica says:

    Hi There,

    It’s great post. Nice collection of tables.

  84. ketty says:

    I read your post and it contains very useful information. Thanks for this useful article.

  85. Sea Glass Jewelry says:

    That is one beautiful table.

  86. Bob Can says:

    Hi… Good to see your post. This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about How to Make a DIY Farmhouse Dining Room Table. Keep posting this type of good work.

  87. Jenna Jenna says:

    Thank you for stopping by our blog Leo! Have fun making your table!

  88. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Hi Jane, It is our understanding that the creator of the table also is willing to build for interested customers. Thanks!

  89. I would be interested, building a farmhouse in the next year and my daughter sent this to me. Love it.

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