Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Farm Table and a Birthday Weekend Getaway

Hello Everyone! 

I am so proud of Charlie (my husband).  He made me a farm table for my kitchen.  This was his first attempt at making a table and he did an awesome job.  


This was definitely a learn as you go project for him.  He hand chiseled the top of the legs for mortise and tendon supports for the table.


And let me tell you that this table is sturdy!       


The table top is made with six cedar boards. First I lightly sanded the rough finish on the boards.  Next,  I stained the top a dark walnut and then used a stain stripper on it to remove some of the stain.  I then applied Minwax Paste Finishing Wax on the top.   


I used white home made chalk paint to paint the table. To find out how I made my own chalk paint you can read about it here.


I heavily sanded the table base and then applied Annie Sloan clear wax.

I originally had a round table in the kitchen and this is what it looked like before.


If you notice I used the same chairs.  I painted them white using the home made chalk paint.  I sanded them and applied Annie Sloan clear wax.  I also recovered the chairs with a red ticking fabric.



Today is my birthday and NO I’m not telling my age….just kidding, I’m 52 today!   For a few years now, Charlie has always planned a weekend getaway for my birthday and we usually would go to the beach.  But this year, he surprised me and took me to Pennsylvania instead.  And you know what else he did….he found and printed out a whole page of Antiques shops/malls that we could go to in that area!  Needless to say, I was in seventh heaven!!  I have a lot of things to show you but for now, I’ll show you a couple of things that I bought.       

One of the things I bought was a gathering basket which I have placed on my new kitchen table.


I love how big this gathering basket is. 

And another fun find was a wooden lemon press which I have placed inside the gathering basket.


I have never seen a wooden one before.  I actually passed this up and then I asked Charlie if we could go back and get it the next day. There was actually something else I passed up on and went back to get the next day also, but I’ll show you that in another post. 


I do believe that my hubby is a keeper!  He always tells me and I quote “You’re a spoiled rotten baby” and I wonder why that is!!! 


As always, thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a wonderful day! 


Linking this post to the following parties:

The Farmhouse Porch for Cowgirl Up

Coastal Charms for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Elizabeth & Co. for Be Inspired Features

Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesday


  1. Happy Birthday, Gail. We're the same age, and we're awesome. lol Your hubby did a fantastic job on the table.

  2. WOW! That hubby of yours is a keeper!!! Your new, old looking table is fabulous, I love it! It looks so good in your kitchen, like it has been there forever and the chairs are perfection. You two are quite the team.
    Happy Birthday, dearest Gail, you are two years younger than me, so you're still a young'en so far as I'm concerned. :)
    How lovely that you got to go to Pennsylvania, so fun! And to go antiqueing! Lucky girl, but then you deserve it. I LOVE what you found the basket and lemon thingy are fabulous!!!
    Love and birthday hugs, Cindy

  3. Happy Birthday!! Your husband made you a gorgeous farm table. I also love how you transformed your chairs to go with it. The gathering basket looks perfect on your table with that great burlap runner. Your new look in your kitchen is wonderful.
    Mary Alice

  4. Happy Birthday! Your dear hubby sure did a wonderful job on that farm table...woo-hoo!!! I love your ticking on the chairs and love that gathering basket.

  5. Happy Birthday Gail!!! Your table is beautiful! I just changed out my round table for a rectangle too. It used to be my kids craft table. I love the table your husband built. The top is beautiful.
    Super looking goodies you found in Pa. I've scored there many times.


  6. Happy birthday, my friend!! Love, love, love your table! Hubby did good and I'd say he's definitely a keeper! Looks like you scored some real goodies in PA and I can't wait to see what else you have to show us. Hope you've had an awesome birthday!

  7. ♫Happy Birthday♫ You two are terrific together and the table is a perfect example of that. The table is gorgeous and I love the red stripe.

  8. Happy Birthday!! Your hubby did such a awesome job on the table. It looks soooo good! I love it.And i love your new basket. I love all the stuff you put in it too. Yes he is a keeper:)


  9. Happy Birthday, Gail! What a great hubby ~ definitely keep him! : ) The table turned out great - I love it. It sounds like you had a lovely getaway and found some great things.

  10. Happiest of Birthday Wishes to you Gail!
    your birthday trip to Penn. and antiquing all sounds exciting. I'd keep him if I were you; he knows what your heart desires. :) Pat

  11. You and your husband made a great table together! Your old chairs look completely different now that they are painted. It all fits so nicely in your kitchen.

    And Happy Birthday to us. It's my birthday today, also, but I've got one more year under my belt. We're not getting older, we're getting better, right?! :@

  12. Hi Gail,
    I'm in love with your pretty and rustic farmhouse table. Your Sweetie did a wonderful job and you did a great job of painting and staining.
    Love your basket too and all the goodies inside.

    I would love to go on a shopping trip like yours....what fun.


  13. Hubby did an awesome job on that table Gail, love the chairs painted!! Pretty vignette on top too! Happy Birthday friend:)

  14. A really great job that you both did, I love the homemade chalkpaint that you used too!

  15. Happy Birthday! What a sweet, thoughtful hubby. A page of stores to visit, on top of the fabulous table? He is a keeper!! It all looks gorgeous and so do your photos. What a treat to get to peek at all that goodness!!

  16. Happy Birthday, Gail! What an awesome hubby you have! Would you care to rent him & his table making skills out? lol
    He did an amazing job on the table! I love it. I love the chairs painted white & the red ticking seats are fanastic. Everything looks so pretty!

  17. I love the table!!!!!! wish I knew someone where I live to make me a very small one!!

  18. Happy Birthday, Gail! You have the sweetest husband. The table is beautiful. You did a great job with the paint and stain. You now have a basket full of birthday memories:).

  19. Your table is just gorgeous. I love it, and your vignette is gorgeous too. What a wonderful job your DH did. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  20. Happy birthday! OH that table is fabulous! It looks great with your runner and new goodies. Love that your hubby did all that for you :)

  21. The new table and the chairs are FABULOUS in your kitchen!!! I love it. Charlie did a GREAT job. And BTW, what is wrong with being spoiled rotten:):) My hubby spoils me too. LOVE you basket and how you have filled it. WHAT part od Pa. were you in???? I live in Pa. Wish I had known you were coming. XO, Pinky

  22. Happy Birthday! I absolutely love the table, I think it goes really nicely with the rest of your decor:) Great finds!!

  23. Happy Birthday! What a great looking table. You are lucky your hubby can build things! I'm with Gina, would you rent him out? lol...Have a great evening, Kristen

  24. Happy Belated Birthday, Gail! What a wonderful day you must'ave had! Better hang on to that husband of yours. He's so thoughtful!! :) Love your new-old table. He did a fabulous job on it!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  25. Happy Birthday Gail! Your husband did a great job on the table. And you did a great job finishing it and refinishing the chairs.
    I do believe your husband is a keeper. How fun to go on an antiquing trip.

  26. Belated birthday greetings, Gail. I am glad you had a good day. I love the finds you have shared with us, that gathering basket is a beauty.
    Your table is wonderful, your husband did a fantastic job, and with your finishing touches, it is just perfect. Clearly a keeper, as you two make a great team!

  27. Gail, he did a fabulous job! I wish mine would build furniture. I know he could if he would. Happy Birthday!

  28. Happy birthday! Spoiled rotten no, just extra love!You are such a talented designer, you made this gorgeous table into the perfect piece for the kitchen.Hopping over from Anita's Cowgirl up. I am a Happy follower of your blog xo

  29. Happy Birthday Gail!! Charlie did an Amazing Job on the Table!! Hope your Birthday was Beautiful!! Love You Bunches!! XOXOX

  30. Happy Birthday! Love, love the table! My birthday is the end of the month and I told my hubby that I wanted him to make me a table from Ana White...great minds think alike...LOL Can't wait to see more from your trip!! Three Mango Seeds

  31. Wow!!! That table is perfect for your kitchen. You both did a wonderful job. Happy birthday to you!

  32. soooo perfect...he did a fabulous job!!!!!! happy birthday!

  33. He did a fantastic job -- so nice. You are so blessed to have a hubby that can make you such wonderful things :)


  34. Om goodness everything looks simply enchanting!

    1. Oh Gail, your table is TO DIE FOR!Your husband is so amazing and SO ARE YOU!

      Your stain and paint on it is perfecto- and it looks so awesome in your gorgeous kitchen, it's GREAT!

      As for your birthday - seems like the perfect day, happy belated to you! Many healthy returns!

  35. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  36. Happy birthday! Your table is absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm visiting from Cowgirl Up :)

    {my simple messterpiece}

  37. Gail, Happy, happy birthday! I am almost speachless... that table is stunning. Your husband and you worked together to make one very special table. May you have years and years of great meals, fun conversation and lots of love around your fabulous table!

  38. Nice job Mr. Gail! On the awesome table and the antiquing trip! LOL!

  39. Gail what an amazing gift for your hubby to make for you! He is a keeper for sure. It's gorgeous!

  40. So cute. He did a great job. Love the chairs and the runner!

  41. Happy Birthday Gail! What an awesome hubby you have there. I see our hubbies do spoil us rotten. Mine also enjoys antiquing.
    Great table and the basket and your display.
    Now to talk mine into letting me bring up my harvest table and replace the round table. Do you think it might happen.

  42. Your table is amazing!!!! It looks absolutely perfect in your kitchen :o) Happy Birthday!!!!

  43. A huge WOW to Charlie! That table is amazing. Oh, and I have to pin it because I just fell in love with your burlap runner and now must make one for my very own table ...



  44. Well - from one "spoiled rotten baby" to another, and we share the same birthday month (my milestone is a couple of years higher than yours) "Happy Birthday To You!"

    Love your table, and tell Charlie, "Job well done, Sir!" The two of you together are a great team!


  45. Happy Birthday, Gail! Your new farmhouse table is wonderful...you two make a great team! Love all of the goodies you found, too...the room looks beautiful!!

  46. You and your husband did a fantastic job. Your home is so perfectly cozy!! Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like it was one not to be soon forgotten.

  47. Keep celebrating, birthdays should last more than one day! That table is gorgeous! You and Charlie are a great team!

  48. We featured you at our Be Inspired party this morning! Just love your kitchen! Have a great day!

  49. Happy Birthday Gail!

    I LOVE your table....I saw it over at Elizabeth & Co. (features)
    Charlie (and you) did an awesome job.


  50. Happy Birthday Gail! So glad I found your beautiful blog.I am now following along.Joining from Elizabeth & Co.

  51. Happy Birthday it looks so fun party,I really like it. I can surely share this to weekend getaway philippines for the additional tips the you provide here.

  52. Hello miss Abigail by looking at your photos and reading your post, it seems that you had a great weekend birthday celebration. I appreciated your spot and Big thanks for bringing this with us.

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