Lynn Fern

Farm Table Roundup

Do you love Farm Tables?   I love them and if you love them as much as I do, then I have a special treat for you today.

There is such a variety in styles and designs for farm tables.  I am bringing you some of my favorites today.

I will show you mine first.  When we rebuilt our home from a house fire, we needed a new table.  I knew that I wanted a large farm table.   We went through a horrendous time with the first table we ordered, but then I researched and found a guy that builds farm tables using salvaged items.  He was about 3 hours away from us, and I couldn't wait to get him started.  You can read the story of how it was worth the wait HERE.  

One of the things I love about the table are the ends.  When you pull out the slides we can add an additional leave on each end.  It is perfect for big family dinners.

The the top was made from salvaged barn flooring & the skirt was from re-sawn beams from a factory in Philadelphia.  The legs are old porch legs that were also salvaged.  I love that the table is from all reclaimed wood.  

I love that my friend Karin of Art is Beauty built this table...

And, then she made this update to the same table...  It is just so very stunning, and she shows you just how she made the update.

Maureen of Red Cottage Chronicles knocked this table out of the park.  My eyes did that red heart emoji look as soon as I saw this table.  And, you should hop over to see the rest of the table.  It is just so very gorgeous!

Any time I see reclaimed wood with an industrial look I get all giddy.  Kandice shows you how to build a farm table from reclaimed wood.

Carrie never disappoints and I have always loved her DIY rustic desk.  It fits my farm table style, and I have a table in my basement that I've thought I should do this as an entry table for our home.  I just love it.

Now you see some of my all time favorite tables and then you have them to now decorate.  How do you style your table?  I change my table often, and one of my sources that I love following her decorating skills is Shannon of Fox Hollow Cottage.

I mean that table is just WOW, but it's so beautifully decorated.  You can see & read all about Shannon's Summer Farm Table Decorating ideas to see her amazing space.

While I bring you a round up of amazing farm tables, my girls from our monthly Crafty Girls & Furniture friends are also bringing you a round up of their choice.

1. 58 Water Street - Upholstery Projects
2. Thirty Eighth Street - China Hutch Makeovers
3. Lynn Fern - Farm Table Roundup
4. The Purple Hydrangea - Black Painted Furniture
5. That Sweet Tea Life - DIY Signs
6. Just the Woods - DIY Builds


CeCe Caldwell's Grand Prairie Sage Dining Room Set

This dining room set was completely outdated, but my client knows and fully understands that with a little paint it could be totally refreshed.  It had fantastic bones, which my client also recognized.

The entire set was still in great shape, nothing was missing, broke or needing repair.  This makes my job a bit easier.

The table and china hutch is massive, but look at the potential just wanting to turn this from drab to fab!

We choose to go with one of my all time favorite paints, CeCe Caldwell's.  We would be doing a slight layered look using California Gold with Grand Prairie Sage over the top.  This is such a beautiful green, and I knew once it was all painted it would truly be stunning.

We also knew we wanted to strip the top of the table to stain a darker brown color.  So I started with the stripping process.

I used this safe product that is a soy gel stripper.  It's safe to even use indoors & there is no smell and it works amazingly!  This table would've taken me forever to sand down & it would've kicked my butt, plus who wants to drag a table this size outdoors if you don't have to!?! While I don't mind sanding, I'd rather work smarter not harder.  It ended up taking me about 2 hours total to completely strip this entire top.  Had I gone the sanding route, I would've been working on the top for hours over several days.

This was after about 15 - 20 minutes of me putting the stripper on the top.

After about 30 minutes I used my scraper and started removing the topcoat from the table.

I didn't get enough stripper on a few areas, so I reapplied and let it sit while I started on the base of the table.

This is what the table looks like after removing all of the stripper but before I cleaned up using Mineral Spirits.

Once I cleaned the table with mineral spirits, you could really see the beauty that was under the cherry color.   Already looking refreshed.

I used Unicorn Spit Gel Stain in Rustic Reality and a bit of Midnight Blackness to create a gorgeous rustic chocolate brown.

This is after one coat of the Unicorn Spit.  I ended up doing two light coats, sanding with 400 grit sand paper in between to give it a nice smooth finish.  At this point you can already start seeing the difference in how it's going to look.

I let the stain sit for about 24 hours.  I painted the base and finished it along with starting on the china hutch.

Remember the key to a lasting paint job is to properly prep.  Even if the paint says no prep, you still have prep to do.  I also am pretty particular about the hardware including hinges and any other pieces that shouldn't be painted over.

I removed all of the doors, and the glass to get a good clean finish.  Trust me it's time consuming, but it ends up saving time at the end.  If I didn't remove the glass the insides of the slats wouldn't get painted & would look unfinished.  Being that there is mirror on the back of the cabinet, you'd be able to see that through the mirror.

While I removed all of the hinges I labeled and put them in a baggie to keep them all together.  I want to make sure the right hinges & latches go back on the correct door.  It doesn't always matter, but I've ran into putting doors back & not having the right hinge/latch and it not shutting correctly.  Now I just don't take any chances.

Once my prep is all done, I gave a couple of coats of the CeCe California Gold.  Prior to putting the Grand Prairie Sage over the California Gold, I used a Daddy Van's All Natural Beeswax Distressing Disk.  

After everything was painted & dried, I lightly distressed to show the golden color under the green.

The table top was going to get a tung oil finish, but once it sat for a couple of days, it wasn't quite shiny enough.  So we pulled the tung oil off and gave it a couple of coats of an oil based sealer.  And, it turned out gorgeous.

I used Daddy Van's wax & sealed both the hutch and the table.  The thing I love about Daddy Van's, I use my wax brush and it goes on so easy.  In fact, I don't think I've loved using a wax as much as I love Daddy Van's.  I had stopped using wax for a while because I don't like buffing it out.  I use my wax brush and make sure I cover the area & walk away. The finish is truly beautiful.  Oh and the smell is just yummy!

While I let the hutch and table sit for a couple of days, I took the 6 chairs to my workshop and used my Wagner Sprayer to help me with the job.

I took the chairs home... Put the doors back onto the hutch, seats on the chairs and put everything back together including beautiful new hardware on the hutch.  I have to say I am in love with how it all turned out.

I really did enjoy doing this set, watching it transform from an outdated cherry stain to a gorgeous updated set that my client can enjoy for years to come.

I received an email from the owner a few days after with a staged picture & how much she loves it.  That made all the hard work worth every single second.

If you like seeing furniture makeovers, you won't want to miss what's going on with my DIY furniture refinishing friends.

1. Lynn Fern - CeCe Caldwell's Grand Prairie Sage Dining Room Set

2. The Purple Hydrangea - Creating A Layered Finish Using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

3. That Sweet Tea Life - How to Turn an Old Dry Sink into a New Bar

4. Whimsy & Wood - Jacobean Hutch How to Strip Old Furniture to Create New Art

5. Just the Woods - How to Stop Bleed Through Without Using Primer

6. Thirty Eighth Street - How To Beautify Your Furniture Using A Paint Color Wash

Cricut Made - Spread Your Wings & Let The Fairy In You Fly Bracelets

I am super excited to let you know that I've partnered up with Cricut to bring you all sorts of craft ideas, with fun easy project tutorials.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest!

Please know that if you purchase anything from Cricut via the affiliate links in this post, I earn a small commission at no price difference to you!  Noted links with an asterisk. 

Hi friends..

I am beyond excited about this post.  You see there are a few of us moms that love throwing a party.  Not just any party, this one is special.  It is an endeavor that we take very seriously, one to create such a memory that not only will the fathers walk away from saying "job well done" but one that our daughters will look back in years to come and cherish this one evening.

It is the annual Father/Daughter dance...  And, this years theme was -


An Enchanted Evening

Several of us moms gathered to come up with ideas.  We brainstormed as our eyes danced and minds swirled with visions of fairies, wisteria, party favors and more.

Cricut Explorer Air cutting machine used to make leather adjustable bracelet

I had a job and that job was to make 180 faux leather bracelets for our sweet belles.

I proudly took on the job knowing that I could complete this task using my Cricut Explore Air 2*.  I know what you are thinking... 180 is quite a few.  Yup but I will tell you this machine is a workhorse and kicked butt.

The very first thing I did was cut all of my faux leather.  Which was done using Cricut Strong Grip Mat*.  This allowed for the faux leather to remain in tact over multiple cuts.  I also used the Deep Cut Blade*.  I laid my faux leather with the leather side down.

I had previously made faux leather cuff bracelets & still had my bracelet template setup in my Design Space so the only the thing I needed to do was create what would be going on the bracelets to reflect the evening.

The design would be using Cricut Iron-On Vinyl.  Yes you can iron onto the faux leather.   The best thing I found to do was to keep the iron on a medium heat setting & lightly go over the iron-on to adhere it just enough for it not to move from its place.  And, then lay a pillowcase over to firmly adhere the vinyl.

The design we chose was fairy wings with the quote "Spread Your Wings & Let The Fairy In You Fly".  That meant there was a ton of cuts and lots of weeding to do.  Remember these are bracelets for little wrists..

I laid myself an assembly line out & went to work.

Once the bracelets were complete with their design, I used leather cording and a bead to create an adjustable bracelet.

All 180 set and ready for the wrist of a sweet little girl that one day will reflect back on this evening as enchanted!

The day had arrived and we were set to start preparations for the big evening.

The other moms & I showed up to the school on that Friday morning to finish assembly and decorations.  Chatter was heard in the hallways as little girls were growing excited about their plans for the night.

A night we could only hope that each girl & her special date would hold onto for a lifetime....

Come with me and enter into the....

An Enchanted Forest filled full of sparkling lights,


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Wishing Wells..

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And, a wisteria path..

that leads to... a night full of dancing..

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 Popcorn, Snow-cones and yummy goodies...

Throughout the night the girls left notes to their fathers on the fairy wings in the hallway.  It is one of my most favorite parts of the night.  I love seeing what the girls write to their fathers....

 As the night wound down, and the girls were lead back through the wisteria lane, party favors waited for them.

Hopefully as a reminder of how special each one of them are..  So littles "Spread your wings & let the fairy in you fly"!  

 Even though this post was sponsored by my friends at Cricut, this was probably one of my absolute favorite projects.  And, it was made a much easier task by using my Cricut to make these amazing cuts.  Even the wooden tags were made by writing the Father & Daughter Dance 4.21.2017 and then circles cut on sticker paper.  Amazing!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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