Farmhouse Dining Room Table and Chairs

Today’s post has been a loooong time in the making. As in, it started last July. Our little Ikea dining room table that we had been using for years was on it’s last legs (very punny), as were the chairs that came with it. Lucky for me, Joel is almost always up for a new project, and we worked together to design a new table… “Worked together” meaning I told him what I wanted and he did the work.
I wanted a farmhouse styled table, but without braces along the bottom like farmhouse tables often have. I thought it would be much easier to clean underneath without them, and wanted simple, clean lines, while still having a rustic feel.
We also wanted a table large enough for 8 people if needed, but not so huge that it overpowers our dining space.
As usual, life got busy, and it wasn’t until November when the table was finally finished – no thanks to me of course. We also had plans to build two benches for seating, but as so often happens, Craigslist changed our plans, hehe. Just as he was ready to start on the benches, Joel found 6 of these chairs for $5 each. I really loved the style and details of the chairs, and soon enough they were in our garage.
The chairs seemed to be doomed from the start, with first our paint sprayer dying mid project, and then the original fabric I ordered to reupholster them being back ordered for months with no telling when it would arrive. As you can see in the photos, one chair out of the six is still MIA – actually I know exactly where it is, but I’ll just say it’s in a lot more than one piece at the moment :). We normally use other chairs (that are half-repainted as I type) for the boys’ booster seats, so the five chairs are more than enough for now.
My new plan is to keep just the 5 chairs, and have Joel make one bench instead of two (I may have not mentioned that tidbit to him yet). Maybe it’ll even happen before next July! You probably shouldn’t hold your breath on that one though.
So after waiting for months and starting to give up hope that the fabric for the chairs would ever arrive, I made a change in plans thanks to this amazing Echino laminated cotton fabric from ModeS. I fell in love with the quirkiness, and was able to cancel my back ordered fabric from the other company.
In the end it couldn’t have worked out more serendipitous, and later this week I’m going to give you the full run down on exactly how I did the chairs, including a tutorial on reupholstering chairs with laminated cotton.
So there you have it! It feels so nice to have a couple of big projects done, and move on to the next!

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  1. I love it! We are currently in the process of building our farmhouse table. I actually am blogging a bit about it today on our blog. Talk about timing. Looks great!

  2. love it..we work “together” the same way! right now it’s a farmhouse bed in the works!!! thanks for sharing…

  3. Great post but now I’m impatient for the tutorial :-) You’re very lucky to have such a helpful, handy hubbie

  4. You did a tremendous job! I built one of these about 2 years ago now, but I love how yours is finished.
    I also got my chairs on CL! LOL
    Really beautiful. You will get many years of enjoyment from your craftsmanship.

  5. The table and chairs look fabulous! I’ve been debating on recovering fabric for my chairs for months – you just helped me decide! I’ve got that same print in blue and I love the way it looks on your chairs. Soooo Fun! Thanks!

  6. Just curious as to how much that fabric cost you from ModeS? Had a look at all their fabrics..beautiful! Priced in half metres it is quite expensive plus the shipping cost for just a few metres, is it really worth it? Love the fabric on your chairs! Ellie

  7. Anon – I received the fabric from ModeS as part of a review (which I’ll be blogging about soon), but to give you an idea, I needed 8 half meters. It definitely can be pricey if you need a lot of fabric, but I haven’t found the same print anywhere else, and would have gladly paid for it for the uniqueness and quality! Laminates are always higher priced than regular cottons too, and being able to wipe the fabric was a must considering I have three little kids :).

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  9. Stopping by from Design, Dinning + Diapers. Your table is amazing, i turned out so beautiful. What kind of wood did you use? I am in love with the finished look, it’s so nice.

  10. Pretty makeover! That pretty little girl seems to love the final result too! ;)

  11. I’d love to know what kind of wood you used as my husband and I would like to build a new table soon. I absolutely love your table and chairs!

  12. Ok so my husband is starting our table this weekend, I love the coloring of yours and wondered what color stain you used to finish it? Our current table is in walnut (a refinished picnic table) and it’s just too dark for me! If you get a chance to answer, thanks so much!

  13. Charity – I’m pretty sure the stain we used is called dark walnut, lol! It was from Home Depot. Our wood is pine, which I think is why it stains lighter in some areas than others. I hope that helps! Feel free to email me if you have any other questions!

  14. The farmhouse table dining room set really looks amazing. I want to get a table like this, but i am confused if i should get armed or unarmed chairs with it. The chairs you have used are unarmed but they really looks great in the dining room.

  15. Wow !! The baby looks so cute ..!!

    And the furniture is awesome. If table and chairs are plugged in pair, the look of that will be amazing.

    Thanks for providing such a great info. ..

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