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DIY farmhouse kitchen table

I’m super excited to say we built our first DIY farmhouse kitchen table! After looking at dozens of stores I could not find what I was looking for. They were either too big or too small for our space. The tables were also never the right color. I wanted white legs and a dark top. After not finding the look I wanted, I knew I would either have to refinish a piece or build something. We finished this piece for under $100. Yea baby!!

With the help of my hubs we built this awesome table one Friday night. It only took a few hours to assemble and then we painted it the next day. I’m in love with how it turned out! It was surprisingly not as hard as I thought it would be.

DIY farmhouse kitchen table on iheartnaptime.com

DIY farmhouse kitchen table on iheartnaptime.com

I love the dark wood against the white wood. Now I’m tempted to build a side table! It’s addicting!

DIY farmhouse kitchen table on iheartnaptime.com

DIY farmhouse kitchen table tutorial

build your own kitchen table


  • 4 wooden table legs (29 inches)
  • 2 – 2×4  (8 feet long)
  • 2 – 1×2 (8 feet long)
  • 7 – 2×6 (72″ long)
  • 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2″ finish nails
  • wood glue
  • dark walnut stain
  • pure white paint in satin finish

Tools we had on hand:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Circular saw if you have one  (Lowes cut down all the wood for free)
  • Kreg Jig Kit (this kit is amazing and made our job easier, but you could also use a )
  • Drill
  • Sander



DIY farmhouse table plans

You can find the step by step plans for this DIY farmhouse kitchen table on Ana White’s website. I fell in love with the table below. If you’ve never seen her website before, go and check it out. She has SO many tutorials on how to build furniture.

DIY farmhouse table

Find the exact measurements and directions for this table HERE. I did not use the thick legs (although I LOVE them) because they were $100 EACH and at that price I would rather just buy a kitchen table. 😉 They are amazing though! I found my legs at Lowes for $15 a piece making the cost of this table less than $100! Wahoo! Luckily I had leftover white paint, so all I needed to buy was the stain. I also already had a bench from Walmart, so I bought another one on sale for $40. It would have cost me around that to make one, so I figured it was easier to just buy it. I’m all about saving where I can!

I’m in love with the end results and we are enjoying our new kitchen table! Here’s a few more pic’s from around the dining area.

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So what do you think?! I hope you love it as much as I do! Make sure to check out the full set of free plans over at Ana White’s website!


Thanks for reading! Have a great day!


Many of you have asked on facebook and instagram what color of yellow the walls are. After digging around in the basement I found the color the original owner used. YAY! It looks like it was Honey Blush from Sherwin Williams with extra white. See the exact formula below. Oh and the chandelier is from Pottery Barn and the benches are from Walmart. 🙂

honey blush yellow paint color


Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to create this project. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content for I Heart Nap Time.

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  1. Ack! It didn’t let me type before I hit “add comment”. I am in LOVE with your table. The wood top is perfection! I’ve been telling my husband that when we buy a house, he’ll be building me a dining room table, so I’m happy to have another tutorial to share with him! (I’m sure he’ll be delighted too 😉 )

  2. oops! You can delete that first one! I can’t believe how well the benches match the table, I thought you made them to match and had to take a second look when I saw you bought them, awesome job.

  3. I love how your table work turned out 🙂 There is nothing better than decorate your house with things you have done yourself. I also made some little renovations to my dining table recently, so I share your joy 🙂

  4. OOh, I love this so much!! We need a new dining table and this looks like it might actually be doable! Thanks for all the instructions!

    1. It definitely is doable and such a fun project! Ana White gives really great instructions that help all along the way! Good luck! 🙂

  5. Love it! That’s what I’m doing with our table soon! I have a farmhouse style table but the top is shot and in one solid piece, so I luckily just have to remove that and replace it with the 2 x 6’s. We want benches too. You said you got them at walmart, were they black before? I will have to check them out they would be perfect since our table doesn’t fit with chairs in our kitchen dining area.

  6. Would you mind linking to the benches? I assume you sanded and stained them as well? The table looks AMAZING. Found the link while looking for a farm table. Wondering if I could do this myself.

  7. We just had our 5th baby and have officially outgrown out table!! I would love to make this, any tips on making this an 8 person table?? Awesome table!!!

    1. Hmm…you could just add 2 feet on the length of the table. Also, on Ana White’s website, she has plans for different tables that will set 8! Hope that helps! 🙂

  8. You did an amazing job! My husband and I thought we would do the same, but after pricing the table legs at our Lowe’s I’m not so sure now. They are $30 piece!

  9. I love the color of your table and we’ve just finished building our first farmhouse table based off of Ana White’s plans! How did you get your stain to go so dark? Did you just do a lot of coats? Thanks!

  10. Great Job! Looks Amazing!!! I am curious how has the white paint held up to to high traffic area and your adorable kiddies? I am thinking of doing the same but wondering if it will get dirty, chipped,etc.

    1. Hi Tammy! It has held up pretty well. It gets some finger prints and scratches, but I think it gives it a nice rustic look! Eventually I will probably touch it up with a thin paint brush! 🙂

  11. How well is the bench holding up? I’m reading reviews on the matching table and everyone complains that the wood is soft, I’m assuming the bench is made of the same material? I have 3 kiddos so durability is super important but would also not like to spend a fortune 🙂

  12. Hi! I purchased the same benches that you did so I’m curious exactly how you sanded and stained them. After speaking to a few people they recommended poly shades satin with more poly on top due to the amount of sanding that would be required to get to the wood. Did you sand to the original wood and then stain? If so, how did you sand it and how long did it take. Thank you!

    1. Hi Kristen! I sanded the top of the bench lightly to get the shine off and then I stained over it! I did a couple layers of the stain, so it took about 2 hours!

  13. I am curious what the name of the white is on your table. I have tried two and still don’t like it. Also, what did you use to finish it. I already have the stain but what top coat did you use? I’m looking something to really hold up to the kiddos. Did you use silicone in the grooves of the table?

    1. Hi Heather! The paint I used is called Pure White by Sherwin Williams! Also, I used Minwax Polycrylic as my top coat. I didn’t use silicone in the grooves of the table, but you could…or you could use wood filler! Hope that helps! 🙂

  14. I have priced tables similar to this and they run about $600. My husband and I will be tackling this project very soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. When we were looking for a bigger kitchen table thats what we were seeing too! We decided it would be much cheaper to make our own and it was really fun to build it together! 🙂

  15. Your table is beautiful and the basic premise of what I would like mine to look like. My husband and I are in the process of building our first (and hopefully forever) farmhouse table and chairs and benches. I, of course, will be in charge of sanding, staining, and painting and I am curious as to what sort of Poly you used or would recommend on top and how many coats? My MIL suggested shellac/decopage (like they use on wooden bar tops) and that seemed a bit too much to me. When we did our own floors in our first house, I used a floor-specific Poly that seemed to hold up well with the foot traffic and pets, but is it overkill for a table? I have 3 kids so getting a topcoat that isn’t easily phased is pretty important to me. Also, do you need to poly over the painted sections as well? Any advice or help in this area would be immensely appreciated. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Jen! I used Minwax Polycrylic for my finish and I just did 1 coat. It has held up pretty well with my kids, but there are the occasional scruffs. I like the rustic look though, so you could definitely find something that will hold up better! I didn’t poly over the painted sections, just on the wood. Good luck building your table, it definitely is a process but you will be so happy with the results when you are done! 🙂

  16. Hi! Can you tell me the all the dimensions of this table? I know it is shown above but some of the numbers aren’t clear, I can barely make them out and don’t wanna just guess because I would like to convert to a smaller table.

    1. Hi Chelsea! I just measured my table and the top of the table is 38 inches by 65 inches and the height is 31 inches! Hope that helps! 🙂

  17. Where did you find the table legs? I find that not many stores carry nice table legs any more. Thanks!

  18. Love this table! You said in the comments that you didn’t use silicone to fill in the cracks. Do you have trouble with food/crumbs getting caught in the cracks?

  19. I love this table! I havea table I love now but I just want to take the top off and do my own. I have one question though. What are you putting in the cracks if anything to prevent crumbs and food from getting stuck? I read silicone on your link but what is that?! Thank you!

      1. At what point did you add the silicone to the cracks? I’ve stained my table already, but haven’t put the polyurethane on yet. Not sure if I do it before the polyurethane or after.  Thanks! 


  21. Hi! I was wondering how easy it was to sand and stain the bench. Did the color turn out smooth as it would if the wood started out unfinished? Would you recommend doing that for the table top that comes with the walmart bench? Thank you! 

  22. My wife and I love the table, and will be starting one soon. I like that you used the smaller legs. What size did you aprons end up being with thinner legs on the table? Also, would you recommend a glossy paint for the bottom? Thanks!

  23. hi, I love the table and have looked at several tutorials online, but something that has given me hesitation on really doing this myself is the cracks in the wood on the top. With 2 little ones and one on the way, I don’t want to invest in a kitchen table that looks awesome, but never gets really clean in all the crevices. Is this a problem for you?

    1. Hi Alisa! I also have two little ones and was worried about that. We do get some crumbs in the cracks, but it isn’t too bad. It comes out with a butter knife or toothpick. 🙂

  24. Did you have to change the plans you used from Ana White to accommodate the different legs you bought from Home Depot? Also how long ago did you get the bench from Wallmart? Was it in store or did you get it on line?


  25. Hi

    Update to my prior comment. I just ordered the bench on line from Walmart. So that question is answered. Just still want to know if you had to change the Ana White plans when you used the legs you got from Lowes? Also what size legs did you get. I see some that look similar to yours which are only $10.26 each and are item 8131 model 2912 and are called the Waddell 15 1/4 in Country Pine Legs.

    I asked because I love the way that Walmart bench goes with your table/ Thanks Tricia

  26. Omg! I’m in awe! Just a pure beauty. My husband and I will be building a similar one this week and I just can’t wait. Any suggestions on where to find gorgeous chairs like yours? 

  27. You go girl! You did a wonderful job without breaking the bank.  I’ve recently fallen in love with Annie Sloan chalk paint.  It can be painted on anything and easily distressed with sand paper.  Recommend trying it sometime on future country projects.

  28. Your table is beautiful!! My husband and I can’t wait to start building one as well. How many people can your table comfortably sit? We are planning to use chairs from Target and I’m hoping to fit 6 chairs. 

  29. Do you have instructions for the side benches?  EXACTLY what I”m looking for!  Hubby asks for plans. 🙂

  30. Hi !! You did such an incredible job on your table and benches !! Your table was the sole inspiration for my new table. I just finished making the base with the exact legs you used and am wondering if I needed to change anything to accommodate the size differences in Ana’s legs and the legs we used from lowes. Or should I continue on following the instructions exactly ? I just noticed how small the base looked for fitting 7 2×6 s on top if that makes sense lol. 

  31. what color stain and polyurethane finish did you use on the farmhouse table top? And what paint was used for legs?

  32. We’re the benches from Walmart originally black finish? Just not sure if you painted or if they used to carry the benches in more than one finish. 

  33. Hello I luv this table u did a awesome job I been searching for the right one to make . this is by far the best I mostly fell inluv with the thick legs I know u did not get but I searched for them and found them for all 4,$160 so I got them can’t wait to make my dream table was curious to know though what stain u used brand and all if u can send picks of what u used be great send to my email [email protected]  and can u tell me exactly what u did be awesome God bless 

  34. Do chairs comfortably under this table? My husband was questioning the height of the table with the 2x4s around it. Thanks

  35. Did you use pre-stain? I’m reading from a lot of people it makes it much easier. I wasn’t planning to but if it won’t work well without it I will. Thanks

    1. We didn’t on this project – I haven’t read enough nor experimented with pre-stain yet, personally. 🙂

  36. I love this table!!! Since you used the less chunky table legs, did you have to adjust the measurements of the side aprons? Or did you still use Ana whites original measurements?

  37. Love this table!  And I love your paint color!  Now what I want to know, is… where did you get that fabulous light fixture?!!  It’s amazing.

  38. How wide are the tops on those benches? They look great with that table! And maybe the overall height of the benches also. This is my next project. Thanks for the great pictures!!!

  39. Where did you find your table legs? We are looking to build one but haven’t found the chunky legs like that anywhere yet!  ?

  40. I was wondering if you could please explain how you stained your bench? I just bought one and I’ve been trying to sand it down to stain it but it seems like it’s taking forever to get the shiny coat off! 

    1. The bench came that way. (I was lucky that it matched everything beautifully!)

      Sometimes, if you can’t sand a stain off, you have to use a stripper (lots of chemicals, safety gear, etc.). The local hardware store should be able to help you select everything you need. 🙂

  41. Thank you for sharing your project. Just wondering if you had to modify the measurements of Ann White’s table project since you used different table legs?

  42. How has the top held up, I am wanting to build a farmhouse table, but my husband doesn’t want to use 2x’s since pine is a soft wood and he thinks it will get all dented from kids doing homework and crafts on it?

    1. Hi Gabi! It has held up pretty well with my kids, but there are the occasional scruffs. I like the rustic look though, so you could definitely find a top coat to help it hold up better than mine!

  43. I prefer the smaller legs. How did smaller legs affect the building process? Did you cut the apron pieces longer? Or am I overthinking it?

    1. Hi Mollie! It didn’t effect it too much, we maybe had to cut an inch or two less. I would measure the legs you do get and make sure it aligns with the plans measurements. 🙂

  44. Love this! Did you stain the bench part of the seats. I can only find a blonde wood color on Walmart’s website.

  45. What is the size of the top of the legs? I want it to be stable for sure. I was looking at 2-3″. Thank you.