Waaaay Up North

This is the time of year when a road trip up north is exactly what you need to take in the splendor of the foliage. Unfortunately, these last few days have been cold and rainy. But what better way to make a space warm and inviting than by adding a rustic farm table?!photo 2 (11)This table measures 40 X 60″ and each removable end leaf measures 15″, adding extra seating or just more space when entertaining. These 1″ thick planks are truly rustic and along with the black distressed base and the 2-sided taper legs, this table is classic New England.

Here's a picture of the table without the leaves and getting ready for delivery.

– This is a picture of the table without the end leaves. We give it the once over in our shop before getting it ready to hit the road.

photo 4 (8)Here you can see the warm brown stain, the knots, the saw marks, dents and dings and hand-scraping. Our emphasis is on uncovering the true beauty of these reclaimed pine planks.photo 3 (9)Even though it may be getting chilly outside, inside will always be warm and inviting.


And, here are a couple more pictures taken by the new owner of this farm table…

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unnamed (3)In her thank you note to us, she remarked that her most favorite part was having the date “2014” stamped into the right corner of her new table. These empty-nesters replaced a dining table they had for some 40 years, will now be enjoying their new farm table in their beautiful new home.

 

Think Pink!

There is no prettier place on earth than New England in the Fall. While the days are still warm, the nights are crisp and cool. The dew on the grass in the early morning warns us to dress in layers. It’s like Mother Nature is wagging her finger at us saying you better wear a sweater. It’s also time for football games, apple picking, trick-or-treating, late nights by the fire and making holiday plans with friends and family.

And, as you probably already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the trees display a spectacular array of yellows, oranges and reds, we also see the color pink. So, for the month of October, this blog goes pink.pink 1The pink ribbon has become a universal sign of hope and courage and shows up everywhere. 007And, you may notice the pink ribbon on our hang tag.pink 2We added the ribbon right after I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. So, we certainly understand the significance of that little pink ribbon. And, if we can share some advice, we’d say the first is to never loose your sense of humor. Seriously. Laughter is the best medicine. And the second is that early detection is key to survival. That one cannot be stressed enough.

We are so grateful for the awareness that this little pink ribbon raises. We are grateful to the doctors, nurses, technicians and caregivers who commit their lives to the care of others. To those that walk, run, bike, donate money and spend countless hours fundraising all in the name of curing cancer, along with the friends and family who never waiver in their love and support, we thank you.

As we support various charitable organizations, none are more important to us than the prevention and ultimately the cure of breast cancer. Until I was diagnosed we never realized how many people are touched by this horrible disease. So please take this opportunity to get screened, learn the warning signs or just lend your support. Even the smallest gesture will reap huge rewards.

Southern Charm

We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful families choose us to make their farm table(s), and this one was no exception. We traveled down to Fairfax, Virginia to deliver this kitchen table. As you can see, their new house is beautiful. And so is their dog!

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They asked for tight joints, rounded corners and a deep warm brown color with red undertones for the top and same color for the turned legs.

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This deep, rich color was achieved by applying several layers of stain,
made up of many different colors and mixtures.

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The table measures 37 X 72″ and is 6/4″ reclaimed pine.

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The white chairs and place settings in contrast with the dark pine make this
so elegant and inviting.

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As soon as this table was delivered, they asked us to make them a 9 foot pedestal trestle table for their dining room so they can have this Thanksgiving in their new home. We bet that that table will be decorated to perfection, too. We plan on posting those pictures as soon as we get them…

A Writer’s Tavern Table

There are many words to describe something beautiful, but who can put their thoughts into words better than a professional, published writer/author? So when we received this series of photographs along with a beautifully crafted review, we were flattered. Below is that review, followed by several perfectly stylized snapshots of their new tavern farm table.photo 5


Working with New England Farm Table Co. surpassed our expectations in every way possible. When my husband and I decided to invest in a farm table, we first explored popular stores such as Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, but were disappointed by the low quality products (wood veneers, no finish to protect tables, etc.) being sold at high prices. Determined to find a more authentic table, we turned to New England Farm Table Co. for a custom-made table.
From the first email we sent, the experience was a pleasure. Not only were they extremely prompt and professional with all correspondence, and took the time to explain the entire process, every step of the way. They worked with us through multiple custom requests, including one for a trestle-style table unlike any seen on their website, as well as some last-minute changes asked for just days before delivery. And throughout the entire process, the entire team was nothing but energetic, accommodating and passionate not only about their final product, but the happiness of their customers.
Though it was really the final product that blew us away. After shopping for tables at traditional stores, we thought we knew what we were getting – but our table so far surpassed every table we’d seen, that we were in shock and awe of its craftsmanship and beauty. The table was built to our exact specifications of solid hardwood, with great attention paid to every detail. In addition, the staining was a work of art. We had requested a blend of two different samples, and the final result was just stunning, giving us the exact deep brown we were looking for while preserving the beauty of the natural wood. The table has truly transformed our dining room into a warm, inviting space perfect for entertaining guests and serving big family meals. Now all that’s left is to get cooking!

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These last two photos were taken on the very day the table was delivered. As you can see, this is a tavern table with an 8/4″ top, a dark brown finish which was achieved by many layers of stain including black, dark grey and several different shades of brown. As with all our tables, we spend countless hours sanding, planing, distressing and finishing. Oh, and the table measured 40 X 84″ and included a 30″ leaf to accommodate extra place settings.
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Summer Reading for Teens!

As we mentioned, our customer is a published author. Her two novels are perfect summer reading for young teens. We have already read “Populatti” and loved it! We will be reading “On the Line” as we hit the road this summer. It was exciting for us to not only build a table for a dynamic young family, but that she’s also famous, is a bonus!

Did George Washington Hang Out Here?

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When we begin work on a table, we are armed with a slew of information provided to us by our customer. With notes taken and samples approved, we know the color of the top, thickness and length of the planks, how many planks will make up the width. We know what leg to use and the amount of distressing, saw marks, knots, tight joints, live edge or no live edge…but we almost never really know how the table will ultimately fit into its decor.

When we saw this one, all we could say was “wow”! And the fact that it was delivered to a home near Boston, conjured up images of Washington and Jefferson and maybe Sam Adams hanging out here, discussing the future of our country.

Still in the shop, getting ready for delivery

Still in the shop, getting ready for delivery.

Another close-up of the warm brown planks.

Another close-up of the table. When the hang tag gets tied, we know this one is a wrap.

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And here it is, another New England Farm Table delivered and ready for many, many family gatherings. And, we’d like to think George would approve…

A Perfect Match!

It’s the end of February, and we’ve all had just about enough of this cold, snowy, rainy, dreary weather. I mean enough already! Then we saw these pictures sent to us by our most recent customer and it warmed our hearts.sk pm 1This is Buddy. . sk pm 3And this is Buddy’s new table and bench. image_4A close-up view of the painted, distressed and glazed leg. A perfect finish for a young family. The table top is, as usual, a combination of different stains to really bring out the beauty of the pine. The table measures 38 X 66″ and the center plank alone measures 18″. It’s also 8/4″ thick.

The rustic plank leg bench is full length (meaning it stays to the outside of the legs) and has the cathedral cut-out. We also like to make the color slightly different from the table top as to make it seem like it was acquired at a different time.image_1

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From these pictures, we can see why. From the light fixture with the Edison bulbs, the artwork, the perfect wall color and, yes, Buddy’s gorgeous coat this table fits beautifully in its new home.

At Home in the Country

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We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful clients and, in particular, we truly enjoyed meeting this one. A little over a year ago, his house in the country burnt down to the ground. When he contacted us about building a table, he had a few requests; a new table that didn’t look new, a color scheme to go with the rest of the decor and sized to fit his big, burly hunting buddies comfortably. Maybe he didn’t say “big and burly” but that’s what we took from that.

Anyway, with the details all nailed down, we built his table and delivered it the same weekend he moved back in.”It is exactly what I hoped for” he said, “a table that looked like it had always been there”. And, happy to report we hear that a lot!

BTW, this table measures 38″ X 80-ish” with three 8/4″ thick pine boards.

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