We bought our first home last year, and like many others, the first thing you think is… Let’s go shopping! Well, that’s what you think but for us, that was not an actual reality after dishing out closing and down payment funds. So what do you do when you need a kitchen dining room table at a reasonable cost? You DIY, and that’s where I began my research and found the amazing Ana White.
My husband and I used her “Beginner Farm Table” plans to build our farmhouse-style table. Link to the plans we used: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/beginner-farm-table-2-tools-50-lumber
Ana says that only two tools and $50 is all that it will take, and my husband was immediately skeptical. We are not builders or wood-workers by ANY MEANS, so I said, let’s go price it. We did just that at our local home improvement store, and the $50 cost was spot on!
For us, all the lumber and screws were about $55 with local taxes. We did have to buy the stain and paint that we preferred, so that was extra and if you don’t have a drill, that’s an additional cost but costs that will be worth it because if you’re a money saving DIYer, you’ll use these items countless times.
Ana provides a cut list and specific instruction. It took us a weekend to build the table. We sanded, stained, and painted over the next week. We let it cure for about three days before we ate on it. The length of the table is 8 feet. All in all, it took about 10 days, with work in between, from start to finish and voilà!