Farmhouse Kitchen Tables – The Creation Process

Painted farm tables are a traditional and very well-known style of tableware for the modern and rustic American kitchen. Keeping up with today’s age of recycling and re-using, most of these farmhouse tables are made from reclaimed wood, taken from old barns, granaries, wine vats, and other abandoned sources of aged wood. These painted tables are not merely furniture for the kitchen, but also uniquely attractive items that can inspire memories for years to come. Such tables can often become heirlooms, and are passed on from one year’s generation to the next. Because of the wood’s age and rebuilt splendor, the table itself becomes and instant antique. Fine wood is usually chosen for the construction of the farmhouse kitchen table, with more expensive tables utilizing more exquisite would that withstood the test of time. The weathered wood adds a unique pattern to the table; some relate its design and construction as being made by the skilled hand of a farmer.

Often the types of wood  for such farmhouse kitchen tables are very solid and sturdy pieces of wood such as white oak, figured maple, and black walnut. The wood itself undergoes a thorough cleaning process that removes any embedded materials in the lumber, like nails, and re-cuts it to expose the attractive patterns deep inside. The lumber is further treated when it is heated in kilns or varying other hot devices to ensure that fungus, molds, and insects are removed from deep within. A further distressed appearance can be added by using one of two methods, with the second method providing a more refined surface. For the first method: special instruments are applied across the wood’s surface to create a uniquely distressed appearance. The second method needs extra time, but the end result is a surface with a more elegant and charming appearance. The woodworker scraps, by hand, the areas that bear the most wood rot until the root is completely removed and the attractive layer underneath is exposed.

After preparation in the aforementioned ways, the wood is crafted into a tabletop that bears all the attractive and desirable signs of old wood. Then further sanding, waxing, and hand painting is applied to the surface to add different finishes. No matter the final style chosen for these farmhouse tables, a strong and very attractive table is created, ready for immediate use in the kitchen – providing both practical and decorative function for daily utility.


  • ryan
    June 21, 2011 - 8:58 pm | Permalink

    great article! Do you by chance have a link to the table in the photo? My wife loves it and is wondering if it is available anywhere. Thanks in advance

  • Rob
    June 22, 2011 - 12:22 am | Permalink

    I am not able to find a link to the table pictured in this article, however you can find a great selection of dining tables here.

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