Ah, the holidays.
It’s a time for friends, family, and preparing your home for seasonal gatherings. But whether your dinners are large or small, ornate or simple, there’s one thing that’ll give your end-of-year gatherings a distinctively rustic feel – a farmhouse dinner table!
The real charm of most reclaimed wood furniture comes from its worn, antique look. But unless you’re lucky enough to randomly find a 100-year-old farmhouse table lying around your garage, you’ll have to build one yourself!
If you’re up for the challenge, here’s a great resource from The Balance that provides 12 free DIY woodworking plans for farmhouse tables.
Not sure which type of table is your favorite? Because we’re sure you’re just as excited for winter merriment as we are, here are 11 of our favorite reclaimed wood dining tables from around the web to motivate and inspire you:
1. Quadruple Pedestal Trestle Table
Did you know trestle tables date back to the Middle Ages? Thanks to the way they’re designed, trestle tables can be built quite long and therefore seat many people – which is why they became so popular in the first place! It’s likely that when you think of a “farmhouse” table, you’re actually thinking of a trestle table. The one pictured above is a smaller version, perfect for intimate dinners with family and friends.
2. Dining Nook Table
Via My Lovely Things
Here’s a small table made of reclaimed wood, perfect for small breakfast nooks. Building your own table is an excellent option if you have a particularly tricky space to fill. This table also includes a bench to make the most of seating space. Another current trend is draping shag material over dining benches for added comfort. What do you think about this look?
3. Ornate Trestle Table
This is another great example of a farmhouse trestle table, this one with ornate carving on the legs. It’s actually less common to see farmhouse tables with this sort of woodwork, as trestle tables tend to lean toward the simpler side. This type of design will definitely call for a skilled woodworker’s help. However, it’s a gorgeous look nonetheless! We also love the wood chargers at each place setting!
4. X-Trestle Table
X-trestle tables are a much more common farmhouse table style. Here, the table is paired with ladderback/mission style dining chairs to complete the country look. You can also see how contrasting wood colors can be your friend. Matching wood isn’t always the way to go!
5. Simple Table
Via Jenni Kayne
Not every piece of reclaimed wood furniture in your house has to be farmhouse style, per se. This is a great example of a sturdy wood table, complete with simple legs and a traditional apron. Bench seating again maximizes seating. This outdoor setting looks dreamy!
6. Picnic Table with Herringbone Pattern
Now, here’s a unique spin on a classic table! Today’s interior decor styles are all about marrying the classic with the modern. If you’re not into all-around simplicity in reclaimed wood furniture, consider building something like the one pictured above. DIY herringbone wood pattern tutorials can be found all over the web, but if you’d rather not risk it, you should, of course, hire a pro.
7. Wide Plank Table
Via Now and Then
There’s something about wide plank lumber that gives reclaimed wood furniture a more antique appearance. This table has an extra-worn look and would look perfect in a rustic home. We can almost picture Jane Austen writing here in the afternoon light, can’t you?
8. Turned Leg Table
Before the modern farmhouse look recently took the world by storm, when most people thought “farmhouse table,” they thought of the classic turned leg table. The table above was salvaged, given a reclaimed wood top, and then whitewashed. Click here to see how she did it!
While there are seemingly countless options, there’s just no way you can go wrong with reclaimed wood. Once you have your dream table, the only thing left to do is prepare the tablescape and plan your holiday menu!
Not sure where to purchase reclaimed lumber in North Texas?
Antique Lumber Company in Gainesville, Texas, offers the finest-quality reclaimed longleaf pine lumber available. In addition to reclaimed wood, we also carry salvaged doors, hardware, bricks, clay roof tiles, and much, much more!