DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table – with Bolted Plank Top

Make this DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Table with Salvage Grey Wash Finish - for under $200!  This is a custom design too! #3MDIY #3MPartner

 Looking for a distinctive, one-of-a-kind wood table with loads of artisan style and a small price tag? See my latest build: a DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Wood Table…. with Salvage Grey Wash Finish and Bolted Plank Top – less than $200.00 to make

I’m so excited to let you know that this table is my own custom design …and I’m sharing the instructions on how it’s made with you today!

 I combined two popular RH table styles, the rectangular X-base Table and the Brickmaker’s Table, to come up with this distinctive innovative design: an X-base  bottom with an industrial bolted plank table top! 

How to Build a Custom Farmhouse Table!

 Awesome part? It cost just $157.00 total!!!! WOW!

This is my absolutely,  most  favorite DIY build I have made! I’m honestly in love with everything about this gorgeous dining table!

Including: the customized design style (x- base farmhouse style with bolted planks on top), the size (8 feet long!), the wood finish (trendy sun-bleached grey wash), the combination of two popular RH looks (X Based Wood Table and the Brickmaker’s Table)….and the best part: the price tag to make it!

 Restoration Hardware X base Table Price: $3595.00 ( plus tax and shipping)

Restoration Hardware Brickmaker’s table Price: $1095  ( plus tax and shipping)


RH Total = $4690.00

Our price: only $157.00 Total!!!! 


Table Supply List:

Supplies to build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Table. See the full supply list and instructions!

SPF Select (spruce-pine-fir) wood. ‘Select’ means that it’s 80% free of knots or defects. Use the following three sizes:

  •  4 – 2×10 @ 8 feet long
  •  7 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
  •  1 – 1×4 @ 12 feet long
  • 3” screws
  • 2.5” #8 screws
  • 2” finish nails
  • 6 – 1/2″x1 1/2″ hex head Lag Bolts
  •  Spray Paint – Exterior flat black
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • 3M™ Advanced Abrasives   No Slip Grip Sandpaper:  80 Grit – rough initial sanding, 120 Grit – removes scratches,  220 Grit – fine finish sanding
  • 3M™ Wood Filler
  • Exterior wood glue
  • 3M™ Safety Products : 3M Safety eyeware clear, 3 M Particle Respirator,  3M Tekk  Protection WorkTunes Earmuffs
  • Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner  x 1 can 946 ml
  • Minwax Wood Finish Stain: Dark Walnut x 1 can 946 ml
  • Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain: Sunbleached x 1 can 236 ml
  • Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Exterior Clear Protective Finish: Satin x 1 can 946 ml
  • Miter Saw
  • Belt Sander – to remove really rough spots
  • Orbital Sander – final finish sanding
  • Cordless Drill – to pre-drill screw holes
  • Electric Drill – driving screws
  • Robertson screwdriver
  • 5/32 Drill Bit
  • 1″ Hole bit
  • Wood Clamps
  • 3/4″ Socket + Wrench – screwing in lag bolts
  • Square
  • Putty knife 
  • Pencil

All wood, stains, spray paint and screws I purchased at Home Depot.


We used these Ana White Plans to assemble the table (with the addition of our own design touch: adding hex head lag bolts to the table top planks!

1.  First step is to measure and cut the wood with the miter saw into the sizes outlined in the Ana White Plans. Use the square and pencil to draw out the miter lines to be cut.

C'mon!! Let's Build a Farmhouse Dining Table! See step-by-step how we did it!

2.  Sand each piece smooth using the  3M™ Advanced Abrasives  No-Slip Grip Sandpaper. Start with the belt sander and 80 Grit sandpaper for the ‘rough’ initial sanding. Use  120 Grit to removes scratches in the wood. End with the orbital sander and  220 Grit sandpaper for the final ‘fine finish’ sanding. This sandpaper is so effective, it sanded the wood beautifully and has a longer sheet life than conventional sandpaper!

3.  Tip: How to Fill in Cracks and Holes in Wood with Stainable Wood Filler - Fill in all holes, knots and cracks with  3M™ Wood Filler ; this wood filler applies easily and is stainable so it will blend in with the wood after staining! Use a putty knife to apply wood filler to large, shallow holes and cracks or a screwdriver for smaller holes. Use a knife to apply the wood filler into deep cracks.


4.  Sand all of these wood filled areas smooth using  220 Grit sandpaper.

5.  Assemble pieces according to the Ana White  Plans.  

6.  Use wood clamps and exterior wood glue when attaching wood pieces together.

7.  Drilling Tip: When drilling, use  ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape  to mark holes to be drilled and reduce splintering from drilling.  This painters tape worked great for this wood finishing trick and it left no adhesive on the wood when we removed the tape!

Tip: Before Drilling Place Tape on Wood To Prevent Splinters and Cracks!

8.  Use the Cordless Drill to pre-drill screw holes. Use the Electric Drill and the 5/32 drill bit to drive in screws. Tighten screws if necesary with the Robertson screwdriver.

9.  Using  1″ Hole bit: drill 3 holes in each side of the table top (the long side) to resemble the Restoration Hardware Brickmakers Table:DIY RH Inspired Farmhouse Table - How to Add Lag Bolts to Table Top

10.  After table is assembled apply stain and wood conditioner as follows

 DIY Dining Table with Dark Walnut Stain and Grey Wash Finish for a salvaged look!

11.  Apply one coat of  Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner according to instructions listed on can. Let Dry.

12.  Apply one coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Finish Stain according to instructions listed on can. Let Dry.

13.  Apply one coat of Varathane Fast Dry Sunbleached Wood Stain according to instructions listed on can. Let final coat dry.

14.  Apply 3 coats of  Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Exterior Clear Satin Protective Finish according to instructions on can. Let fully dry.

15.  Spray paint hex head lug nuts flat black. (You only have to paint the heads). Let dry.

16.  Screw in the hex head Lag Bolts into sides of table top  using the 3/4″ Socket + Wrench.  

And this is the finished built X farmhouse table! I’m in love with how handsome and distinctive it is with it’s artisan look!

DIY Restoration Hardware Table with grey wash finish for a salvage look! Make this!

I love the extra industrial detail that the hex head lag bolts add!

 It’s generous size  will allow us to hold some large outdoor dinner parties this summer!

 …and of course I love the price to make, only $157.00 ! It’s so rewarding to make your own furniture for so little cost!

I can’t wait to enjoy summer meals and refreshing drinks, al fresco, on our deck with our salvage grey wash Farmhouse Table!

How to Make a Farmhouse Table for less than $200.00!

Have you ever made a table for your home? If not, let me encourage you to do it!!! If I can do it so can you!!!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation with 3M however all opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.


    • heather says

      Thanks Cindy!!! I’m soooooo happy with how it turned out – our family has been enjoying it a lot this summer with dinners on our deck!!

    • heather says

      I’m so glad you like it Selene! Please send me a photo of your table if you decide to make one – I know you’ll love it too!

    • heather says

      Oh Shanna!! Your sweet compliments mean so much to me!! Thanks so much!! You know I had this idea in my head…my design of the combination of those two popular Restoration Hardware Table styles and it’s so rewarding to see my vision actually become reality! If you make one please send me a picture of it!!

    • heather says

      I’m in love with all things grey right now Meredith – this salvage grey wash stain is just gorgeous and gives the table real character!

    • heather says

      Thanks Heather! Great name by the way! ;) We are pretty wowed by it as well!! It’s a great size for entertaining and I just love the detail of the x base and the lag bolts!

  1. JaneEllen says

    wow, you two did an amazing job, very good work. This would be a great table in a big cabin in a dining room. Love that finish, would go beautifully in mountain cabin in MT. I love the grey wash look, so smooth. You should be very proud of the job you did. Enjoy it now for many outside meals with your family and friends. Happy summer days
    thx for how to’s also ,pinning this.

    • heather says

      Isn’t the price to make it incredible?? I’m glad you like the grey washed finish as much as I do!

    • heather says

      Thanks Amy – I’m glad you think it has an expensive look! I love creating things that look expensive but are easy on the wallet!

    • heather says

      I trialed several combinations of stain before I found this perfect blend of grey over the dark walnut stain – so glad you like it Shannah!

  2. says

    Love, love , love this! What a beautiful job! I was thinking about a basic picnic table for my outside dining area, but you have changed my mind for sure!I hope I can do half as nice of a job as you did! I would love if you would stop by and share this at my new link party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating what we do every day!
    Hope to see you there!

  3. says

    I absolutely love this table. We are going to start building soon but had a question… How exactly did you attach the top of the table to the legs?

    • heather says

      Hi Amelia – the instructions for that step are in the Ana White plans which I used and linked to in my post. Hope that helps! Have fun making one!

  4. Kathryn Jarboe says

    Heather, Want to build your 157 dollar table but unable to download your supply list/instructions. Please help so my hubby and I can build. Thanks David

  5. Barbara says

    This table is so beautiful! I’ve decided to tackle this and give my woodworking skills a try. One question. I want to use this as an outdoor table. I see in the one photo the boards at the end don’t look even. Is this something that can’t be left outside. I’m wondering if this lets the wood expand and contract enough for total outdoor usage.
    Thank you

    • heather says

      Hi Barbara! The boards are even at the ends and it’s an outdoor table that we leave outdoors all summer! It’s protected from the weather and elements with the outdoor sealer we used. Have fun making one! :)


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