The barn wood table my husband built is quite possibly one of my favorite things in our entire house. I love that he built it for me. I love all the grooves and knots (even though I’m constantly digging Cheerios out of them). And I love that it’s so big we can invite friends over and have a huge family-style meal with dishes being passed around like mad and no one has to sit at a card table in the other room or haul in table leaves to make it work.
My husband likes to build stuff on whims and without a plan, and this table was no exception. He looked at some reclaimed wood farm tables and just developed a plan of attack that was in his realm of ability. He spent about a week putting the table together and applying coat after coat of polyurethane. For the trim pieces that run along either side of the table top, there were no barn wood pieces that fit the bill, so he took new wood and beat and burned it until it had similar character and inconsistencies compared to the authentic barn wood.
In retrospect, I might have asked him to rethink the T-legs. We can get 10 chairs around the table pretty easily. But the big blocks prevent chairs sat on either end from being pushed in, and it can be somewhat uncomfortable. But for everyday use, that really doesn’t matter.
Here are a few detail shots of the table top. Again, it is a pain to dig food out of those grooves (thank goodness for butter knives), but we’re working on a solution that involves caulking, maybe? I don’t know. The plans are still in the works so if you have suggestions, I’m all for hearing them! I love the character of the tabletop, but it loses a little of its charm when you’re scraping smushed peas out of it with your fingernail, you know what I mean?
I’m thinking of putting a rug under it to help “define” the dining room space, but, quite frankly, I do not want to lift it. Plus, I kind of think rugs under eating areas are gross. Though, to be fair, I eat with two very small people who only get about 25% of the bites they take into their mouths, so maybe I’ll come around to the idea as their average starts to go up. Are you pro or anti-dining rug?