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If you caught my post from last week, you saw the details of purchasing materials and building the frame for our DIY galvanized pipe farmhouse entry table. Building the frame was only the beginning, and I’m obsessed with the final product. Take a look at how we finished the table below.
Look at that before and after! It’s so good!
As I discussed in my last post, the two parts of the table (the wooden tabletop and the galvanized pipe frame) needed to be finished seperately before assembling, so here’s what we did…
Staining the Tabletop
I bonded 3 pieces of 2×4 together, filled the seams, and sanded the whole piece down to create the tabletop. To give it a beautiful deep brown finish, I selected these three products:
- MinWax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- MinWax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in English Chestnut
- MixWax Fast Drying Polyurethane in Clear Satin
I contemplated staining the wood and neglecting the conditioner as well as the polyurethane coat, but after doing some research on how this would effect the finish of my table, I decided to do it right. I wanted the stain to apply evenly and also be protected (we do have 3 kids!). Using all three steps was a process and took at least a few days, but it was worth it in the end.
Money saving tip: Purchase the smallest can of stain. The littlest bit of stain goes a long way!
I decided to purchase larger quantity of each of these MinWax products simply because I have plans to match other wood pieces to this table in the long run. This project didn’t even put a dent in those cans!
Spray Painting the Galvanized Pipe Frame
This part scared me a little, but ended up being the easiest! To prep and paint the table, we used three things:
- Goo Gone
- Soap and Water
- Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze
Cleaning the pipe was necessary. When I purchased it, I noticed how dirty it was and immediately knew that I needed to prep the surface before spray painting it. The first step was to remove all the stickers from each piece. The easiest way to do this was with goo-gone. The whole frame got a scrub down with soap and water and then I left it to dry.
I took the frame outside and started spray painting. I gave the whole thing an even coat, waited two hours, and gave it another coat. To make sure that it would be possible to adjust the legs to be level on our floor, I went very lightly around the top flanges. For all the other joints, the spray paint acted as glue and now this baby is solid!
Assembling The Table
After everything was painted and dry, the final step was to assembled the table. It took us all of 5 minutes to double check that the frame was level with our floor and screw the flanges to the wooden tabletop.
And Voila! Our DIY galvanized pipe farmhouse entry table was complete!
Our table now fills the void that was a giant empty wall. I’m so happy that I decided to custom make this table because it truly fits this space perfectly.
This table was so much easier to make that I thought it would be, and I’m ready to make some matching shelving next!