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Monday, November 29, 2021

Farmhouse Table



 Dear Friends,

I have been working on a project

dear to my heart.





I took one of Steve's 

woodworking counters 

and repurposed it into a 

new farmhouse dining table.


 He had the base built 

and had a big solid door for the top.



First I removed the door 

and then I removed the legs and cut 

them down from counter to table height.


I added three center supports

(these supports were not needed with the door)

and I purchased pine 1X8's

and build a new top for it.




I was so happy,

I got the legs cut and back on 

and everything was level and nice.

Then I watched a few You Tube videos 

before building my table top.

In the first video the man said 

he cut his legs 30 inches long.

Oh, no I cut mine 27 inches.

So I remeasured the height of my old table.

It was 29 inches . . .

Somewhere between the house and the shop

I changed the measurements by 2 inches.

I felt so stupid . . .

measure twice cut once.



What could I do?

I spent some time brain storming

and found replacement sofa legs

on amazon.

They saved my bacon!



Building the top.

I attached it by counter sinking

screws and then filling them

in with wood putty.

Sometimes, I can't believe how much I learned

by helping Steve with his projects. 


This photo is after applying the stain.



 Then I applied 10 or 11 coats

of Tung Oil (sanding in-between 2 coats)

for my final finish. 

This photo is after about 5 or 6 coats.



I also found two more chairs at

a second hand store.



And painted then 2 different

shades of blue.


I paid $2 for this one.


 And $10 for this one.



 I love this project because it 

felt very much like Steve and I were

working on it together :)


Thank you so much for following

along with me  . . .

I have met so many lovely people

through blogging.


God bless you all.


Your blogging sister,



  1. I am very impressed with what a great job you did. The table and chairs look fantastic.

  2. This is a wonderful project and how well it turned out. You have gumption, Connie, and a lot of talent. Steve is proud of you! Hugs, Lorrie

  3. Connie! That table is just gorgeous and I'm so glad that you had such a sense of peace from working on it. The replacement table feet were just perfect. I think it looks like it was meant to be that way. The patience it must have taken waiting for each coat to dry! Oh my!
    Blessings and huge hugs,

  4. Dear Connie, you are so very talented to tackle such a big project like this. Steve was surely at your elbow, helping you all the way. What a great job you did, table and chairs as well.

  5. I am so glad to find your post this evening. I've missed you and hoped all was well. Now I see what has been keeping you busy. Your woodworking/fix-it skills --AND strength-- are really impressive. The table and chairs are gorgeous. And the connection with Steve is precious. That table must be quite heavy. I'm hoping you had an extra set or 2 of muscles to get it into the dining room for you. I know you will enjoy it. Your house and garden and crafts room are always decorated so creatively and fun. I love seeing what you are doing next. Most of all, I love seeing your faith expressed in your daily life. May the reality of Christmas sustain you and bring you joy in the days ahead.

    1. Your comments touched my heart thank you for such sweet words of encouragement. Yes, I did have help getting it in the house, I could have never done it myself.

  6. Oh my Connie you are amazing! I'm in awe that your transformed the workbench to a dining room table! I learned alot too from helping my ex husband build two different houses.. I helped ALOT on the 2nd one.. hands on stuff, so I learned so much.. but I don't seem to ever attempt to do something totally on my own! That finish is beautiful.. it must have taken you two weeks to do it! Love the sofa feet on the bottom of the legs too and the white looks great. Your blue chairs are wonderful and add so much. What kind of paint did you use? I can imagine you felt Steve was right with you, guiding your hands as you worked, and telling you "no do it this way"!!!!! Again.. you are amazing! And your white fireplace mantel still inspires me to someday have one similar. It's so so farmhouse and cottagey. Take care.... hugs.. Marilyn

    1. Steve built that mantle for the house. It has a stone mantle and Steve built the wooden one to just slide right over the top of it and it fit perfectly. He was a perfectionist with his woodworking. I didn't get that from him, I'm a hit and miss girl.

  7. Oh my word, Connie, this is beautiful. It's a work of art. It fits right in. I imagine it did feel like Steve was part of the project.

    1. You're right, it felt like he was right there helping me along the way. Of course he would have measured twice and not made the mistake that I did on the legs. LOL

  8. Hi CONNIE,
    Magnificent job you have done on the Dinning Table and Chairs- you are very crafty indeed...and resourceful. Best Wishes. KEV.

  9. Wow, Connie! I love your beautiful table. The dark top against the white base is stunning. You do good work, girlfriend! I'm impressed with your carpentry skills. I would love to have the tools to do things like this. The chairs are so charming. I like the way you painted them different colors, and the different styles. It's so homey. Love too, the way the dining table and chairs sit in front of your hearth. It's so great to see you doing projects like this, and that it brings you joy to work on something that makes you feel close to Steve. I understand completely. Hugs, dear friend. Nancy

  10. Connie, you did a great job on the building the table, and redoing the chairs.
    Steve would be so proud of you!!

    Your farmhouse table and chairs are so pretty, and I love that they are a hodgepodge of different styles, and yet together, they are simply charming!

    Smiles :)

  11. You are one talented gal!! Your table is beautiful and the wooden sofa feet are perfect. Steve would love your improvising.

  12. Oh, wow! Love this. It is a true skill to be able to work with wood like that.

    Good to see you back blogging! :) How was your Thanksgiving? Quiet here, just four of us (me, hubby, and our boys) but nice.

  13. That is just beautiful and you did it! Amazing! Also I like the variety on the chairs, all alike would be so boring. Great Job you!

  14. Connie! ♥ You did such a wonderful job, I love that you shared this experience with your sweet beautiful!! ♥ This post made my heart melt!♥

  15. Connie! It is just beautiful! And I know it will bring you joy for years to come because of the accomplishment of doing it and because of the connection to Steve.

  16. You did a great job of transforming Steve's work bench into a table base then doing such a fantastic job of staining and applying so many coats of tung oil. I see Beulah was 'helping' you in the workshop. I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up with white paint on her nose.

    1. She did get a little bit on one of her ears, but I was able to get it off :)

  17. Wow that looks fantastic, he would be so proud of how you learned so much and was able to do it all on your own!
    Have a happy December, can you believe how fast this year has gone!

  18. Holy moly, Connie, I can't believe you built this gorgeous table!! I am beyond impressed at all the things you can do. This table is so beautiful and I love how you painted a couple of the chairs blue.

  19. I love your table and chairs and the fact you and Steve did it together. Turned out beautiful. Nancy

  20. WOW! What a beautiful table. It is made more beautiful because you made it with someone you have loved. The chairs lovely addition.
    Take Care,

  21. I love how your table turned out! That is so neat that you could feel like you shared that project with Steve.

  22. Oh my, OK now this table is seriously beautiful! Steve's looking down with a loving heart saying WOW! it's amazing what you can learn when you watch. Love the chairs as well! Love the fireplace wall as well. Is that a wood application? Stay crafty my friend bless your heart Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  23. Beautiful project! I love mismatched chairs. You are amazing!

  24. Amazing. Great job. Love the chairs painted different shades of blue. So pretty.