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 trestle farm table.
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!
These last two photos were taken on the very day the table was delivered. As you can see, this is a trestle 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.
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!
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.
Another close-up of the table. When the hang tag gets tied, we know this one is a wrap.
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…
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.This is Buddy. . And this is Buddy’s new table and bench. A 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.
In addition to being cute, it looks like he’s also serious about quality control. Look out Roscoe!The same day that we delivered this table and bench, we received an e-mail from Buddy’s mom that read “We love, love, love our new table!”
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.
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.
What happens when a young, hip couple take to designing their own table? Well, this is what happens! Total awesomeness. It’s traditional meets chic. Even the way they composed this still-life photo, it looks like it’s right off the pages of a magazine.
As for the technical info., the base consists of a 3.5″, 2-sided taper leg painted a deep cobalt blue and then distressed. The top is put together with three 5/4″ thick boards (the center plank was about 16″ wide) stained a deep chestnut brown with just the right amount of distressing, or as we like to refer to as “refined rustic”.
Thanksgiving has traditionally been one of our busiest seasons, so this year we decided to add a new staff member…Roscoe, the Beagle. His resume includes a short stint as a hunting dog, which he must have failed miserably at since before he came to us, he spent a bit of time in a kill shelter down in North Carolina. As he is still in training, we will need to keep him on a short lease until he learns the ropes.Happy to report, so far, so good.
As we head into this 4th of July weekend, we are reminded about the history of our country, specifically here in New England. We happen to love the Colonial time period and one of our most favorite places to visit is Colonial Williamsburg. We even use some of the same techniques to make our tables as they used way back then. So, what better table to share with you this time but a true New England-style farm table….
Ready for Delivery
Here she is all finished and getting ready to be wrapped for delivery. This is always exciting for us because we have spent so much time on every detail and it’s so nice to see it all come together. What makes this table even more special is that this wood came from a hay barn near Durham, CT and as soon as we saw the boards, we knew we had the perfect customer for them. We were able to get three large boards making this table 36” X 85″. A perfect size for empty-nesters or family gatherings.
The color of the base was chosen by our customer who found a Benjamin Moore color that she really liked. We took that color and made a series of color samples. OK, so that doesn’t sound all that remarkable, but she designed their table while working in Indonesia, making this table our first international sale!!!
And here it is, a table designed by a customer in Jakarta, delivered to their summer home in the quintessential New England town of Williamstown, MA…a mere 11 time zones away! The table appears to have always been here,.don’t you think? It fits perfectly against the backdrop of wide plank flooring, paired with these antique spoke back chairs, in a home and town that dates back to an earlier time. In short, timeless.
And here is a close-up of the live edge on the table top and the soft distressing on the apron and the turned legs.