Country Table

To preface this post about a lovely country table, I should first give a little back story. I have a strange love for all things that tell a story. If it’s older, vintage or built by hand, I enjoy hearing the story that makes a piece special. That being said, I also have a style I like for interior design. When my husband and I purchased our first home, we had most of the necessary furniture, but not quite everything. We looked at a few tables and then I had the idea to build one in the taller pub style we both liked. We talked about just using lumber from a store, but it seemed like “just another table” to me. So, my husband suggested I get my dad and grandfather to help me build it – giving it some hands-on character. Next, my mom had the great idea to use barn wood from my other grandfather’s barn that was torn down sometime after he had passed away. Now, I was getting excited about the table!

The first step was to get all of the pieces and begin building the frame.


My dad and husband showed my nephew how to build a sturdy, square frame.



The legs needed to be prepped using two 2×4’s for each leg. Then the barn wood had to be cut to size.



Look at all of the cool character in the wood!

We were worried that the barn wood (being so old) wouldn’t stand the test of time on it’s own so we reinforced it with plywood then began putting the pieces together.

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The wood wasn’t smooth and even, but we were afraid sanding it would remove too much of the cool, old character so it was lightly sanded until nice and smooth on every surface. It left plenty of character, but was now much more welcoming to sit at.


Once everything was put together, I finally got to have a hand in the project with some stain for the top to give it a little darker tone and white paint for the legs. This gave it that country table feel. About 3 coats of polyurethane to finish it and protect the wood and we were done!

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Now, thanks to all of the wonderful men in my life (husband, father, grandfather, and nephew) we have an awesome pub style table with a country finish that will look great with our future kitchen renovations. Not only does it look good, but it has a cool back story with a lot of love worked in! I couldn’t be more happy with the way it turned out and excited to get some chairs so we can begin using it!

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1 Comment
  • Love your multi-generational story, Kristen, and especially the grand result — a beautiful old, vintage and built by hand pub table. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your creation.

    December 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

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