Monday, April 2, 2018

Red Chippy Farmhouse Work Table

When you hear farmhouse style do you think black and white and JoAnna Gaines? I think most folks do nowadays. But, when I hear farmhouse I think green and red and yellow and white. I think of furniture that has been hobbled together from bits and pieces in the barn over a long winter.

And that is what I had in mind when I built this piece last week.

use reclaimed wood to great an authentic farmhouse work table

I wanted something that wasn't perfect, but a piece of furniture that looked like it had been lovingly used for years. To achieve that look I built with less than perfect reclaimed wood.
red chippy paint finish and technique
I painted the sides of the worktable with different layers of color, applying the paint with blocks of wood. 
build a farmhouse work table
The wood was not all the same side and the top was purposely NOT joined together seamlessly. I included a couple shelves to make this table a work horse.
I added angled braces on the four upper corners to help further secure the piece. I did
put rolling caster wheels on the bottom to make it a little taller and more functional. This work table could be used in the kitchen, as a bar, in a craft room, or even on the porch.
rustic farmhouse table and vintage bar sign
The table lasted less than 24 hours in my booth before it sold to a favorite customer. I also made this rustic bar sign, using some fantastic grey barnwood. I stenciled the letters and then hand-painted the shadow.


  1. Hi Becky,
    I love both pieces - the work table and the BAR sign. I think the old chippy wood makes the pieces. I do love the simple look of black and white but need some color in my rooms as well. Your work table could work with almost any farmhouse decor. Nice job! ~Cheryl

    1. Thank you Cheryl. I often think of my grandma's farmhouse, she loved color!

  2. I love it. Farmhouse & red go hand in hand I think. It's functional & nice looking.

  3. Thank you Deb! I agree, red screams farmhouse to me.


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