Let me show you how I transformed and Antique Butcher Block Island into a lovely Farmhouse Table.
Hello and welcome to our monthly Farmhouse Hens Challenge. This month’s challenge is all about taking something broken and fixing it or giving it a new twist.
This antique butcher block island wasn’t broken, but it had sat unused in a garage for many years and was in desperate need of some love.
With some elbow grease, a little paint, and inspiration from one of my favorite movies, Under The Tuscan Sun, I transformed it!
My sister and brother-in-law gave me this table when they were moving. My sister said she knew I would be able to give it new life.
That is such a great compliment!
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Here is a picture of the table before:
As you can see, it was very solid, just worn out. The butcher block top weighs a ton. It took two guys to carry just the top in.
That is great because I know it will last for years through many family meals. I mentioned the movie Under The Tuscan Sun and wanted to explain.
When I first saw that movie 15 years ago it really resonated with me. I had always wanted to have big family meals around a large table.
The final scene in the movie shows the main character, Diane Lane, hosting Thanksgiving at a very large table similar to this style with her “family”, however they are not blood family.
They are people she has grown to love as family. Kind of like people she picked up along the way-an elderly neighbor, townspeople, etc.
For Thanksgiving this year, I plan to invite people over that might not have a place to go for dinner. There are several of my daughter’s friends who I’ve gotten close to who are away from their family.
It is just my daughter and I now, as my family lives in different States. Last year we tried going to a restaurant in Town and it just didn’t feel like Thanksgiving.
There is nothing better than cooking at home and enjoying leftovers. I promised my daughter a big family dinner in our new home and this table will sit at least 8 people comfortably!
I am still on the hunt for the perfect chairs to go with this farmhouse table. I am thinking 3 on each side and for dinner I can pull it away from the wall and add two arm chairs to each end.
Butcher Block Island Becomes The Perfect Farmhouse Table
To start, I gave this table a really good cleaning and tried to remove as much of the stains and grime as I could. Next I used Wood Reclaim to smooth out any gaps and cracks.
This stuff is great to use on rough wood prior to painting. You can find it here. Next I watered down white chalk paint and gave the entire table top and bottom a white wash.
I used DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, Everlasting I let that dry and then decided another coat was in order.
Next I watered down DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Yesteryear and used long brush strokes on the table and base.
I didn’t want the entire piece in a solid gray. I was going for a Restoration Hardware type finish and wanted the different shades and strokes to show.
Here is the gray wash going on the table:
Then after one coat when it dried:
I gave it a second coat and once I was happy with the finish, I gave the entire piece two coats of Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear.
I love the finish it has. In certain light it almost looks like a brushed metal finish, but still has the wood tones. It is really unique and I just love it!
Nothing like a before and after to show the difference:
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