Narrow Farmhouse Table for Home Office

I recently started a refinishing business and needed a work surface where I could use the computer, print, and write down inventory and have some storage for receipts, etc. I couldn't find anything affordable and big enough for my home office so I decided on building something myself. With help from my wonderful husband, I built the Narrow Farmhouse Table. I beat up the top with any tool I could find, then sanded, gel stained the top (java) 2x, and I painted the legs a sagey green with homemade chalk paint. Its big and beautiful and perfect for my home-based business.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$100
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
White Pine
Finish Used
I gave the tabletop boards a good beating before putting them on the table with pliers, hammer, file, etc. and gave the corners, sides, and ends a really good sanding to round the edges. I then wiped them down with alcohol, allowed them to dry and then rubbed on general finishes java gel stain on both sides. I allowed to dry for a couple of hours and then added another coat. I sanded again to bring out the wood grain and then put the table together. After I was finished I took a small can of "oops" sage green satin latex paint, I picked up for $2.50, and added a mixture of 1/2 plaster of paris and 1/2 water (mixed thoroughly before adding it to the paint) in a formula of 1/3 plaster of paris and water to 2/3 paint. I lightly sanded and wiped down before applying the paint to the legs. The chalk paint covered well and is very resistant to chipping. No wax or poly needed.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

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