Wednesday, February 8, 2012

483 Farmhouse extension dining table with leaves and authentic antique finish

Here is our most wildly popular piece.  It is a newly built farmhouse style extension table (opening with leaves) with a gorgeous, mindfully done and authentic looking antique finish.  

This table went to a Scottsdale family who has a nice eat-in area in the kitchen.  It has two matching benches.

The finish is what we call a "living finish", where the color goes deep into the wood and is anchored in with many coats of penetrating drying oils.  The finish is absolutely bombproof and is excellent in areas of high use, and for families with children.  We have even done this finish on tabletops in two of our local restaurants here.  

This is a solid white oak cutting board, and since it was meant to be used for food, we did not color or distress it, but rather finished only with walnut oil.  

Here you can see two leaves which fit over the cutting board end.  The cutting board itself serves as the leaf supports on this end of the table.  These leaves are held in place and may look as if they will fall off the end but they won't.  

On the other end of the table, a pull-out breadboard style end conceals a compartment in which the leaves can be stored.  More about this later, see below.  

Here it shows the table fully extended with all four leaves in place.  

This color, number 29 is a nice neutral light to medium antique walnut a little on the gold side.  Each one of our out of town clients gets a packet of finish samples in the mail, and the one they chose is shown here in this picture.  

Showing texture.  This one needed a heavily distressed look. 

A close view showing square pegs, fake "cracks", lots of distressing and "worm" holes and tracks.  

A very close view of the top.  The sheen is buttery but not shiny, and because it is a penetrating finish, it will never look like plastic.   
More of the top. 

Top, showing leaves in place.  As would be expected with an antique, the leaves show less distressing and are slightly darker.  

Here's the underside of the cutting board, showing the slots where the leaves fit into the end of the table.  

Here it shows the cutting board extended, and you can see that there is a slot on that inner edge of the cutting board.  This slot will fit into one of the leaves, holding it in place.  
Two leaves for this end of the table. 

This shows how the whole thing works on the cutting board end.  The leaves are locked into place and kept in position in this manner. 

At the other end of the table, this looks like a drawer but is actually a flip down panel that conceals the leaf storage compartment. 

This breadboard end pulls out like so. 
The leaves fit into this cavity here.  Such a nice solution for a very small apartment.   

The leaves at this end are locked into place with the same tongue and groove strategy. 

Showing the leaves in place at this end. 


  1. Great talking with you today Suzanne. Exceptional design work with old world craftsmanship.