DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table Hack

 The DIY Story:

This is my story on how I came to create a DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table Hack!

Lately all I see on Pinterest and Instagram is “white, light and bright,” when it comes to furniture and decoration. Light, airy, minimalist, farmhousemodern, boho chic are all words that can describe what is found on every style blog and lifestyle Insta. But there is only one issue with this…light and bright 2019 is completely opposite from the previous decor trends which can be described as “espresso brown,” or “contemporary.” So essentially (maybe intentionally?) the newest decor trends are the exact opposite from what is popular now!

So Behind with Farmhouse Style!

I don’t know about you, but I am SO behind, and I just don’t have an annual budget built into my life that allows for constant style trends and updates. Since I’m really not one to throw away perfectly functional furniture, I sat down one day and searched through all of the sales at big box stores. I also looked at my local online yard sales.

It was all still either WAY too much for me, or just simply not what I wanted. Many of the stuff made today is super expensive, but also made of MDF which is not solid wood; so we’re paying solid wood prices for fiberboard? I would rather use what I have and perfect it into something I actually like for, like, 1/10th of the price. 

A Handy DIY Momma

I’m pretty handy, and so after I exhausted all other options that my bank account could not possibly compete with, I decided just to re-do my existing table and chairs set. My style inspiration: rustic “farmhouse style” complete with the glorious *white* paint that has been all the rage. I had a complex design and it was going to be absolutely perfect!

This all seemed like a great idea until I realized that I was 5 months pregnant and had very limited energy. I had a table to hack, and a deadline to meet to provide a table for our AirBnB before our first renter arrived (in approximately one week, yikes!).

Is this Hack for you!?

If you’re like me and you want something simple, clean and easy to do, this is the DIY for you! The DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table Hack!

Below is my table set before. It isn’t completely awful in this picture, but at this point I had owned the set since college which I had purchased from World Market, and there were some stains on it and some of the veneer could not be repaired. The table itself was hard wood on the inside so it was a really sturdy piece that I wanted to keep.

BEFORE the Hack:

Outdated Espresso Brown Table - Before the DIY Farmhouse Table Hack!

The DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table Materials

I sketched up a quick design and determined what I would need to get the job done:

  • To build up the new table top:

The DIY Process


I started by taking the measurements of the table top, and added a few inches to each side for the “overhang.” I don’t currently own a saw, so I went really simplistic with the design. I’ve seen many people with the right tools on different blog posts get really in detail and intricate with the design of a table like this. No sir, not me. I’m cooking up a baby and ain’t nobody got time for that!

What I learned early on in my DIY career is that Home Depot will make a certain amount of cuts for you (for FREE!) if you purchase wood from one of their stores. So I went in with the measurements, and voila! I left the store with perfectly cut wood and got to work. While I was there, I also purchased the above items for painting and staining the wood top that I was going to build, as well as to paint the existing table and chairs. 


I started by laying out the wood pieces on top of the table to make sure they all fit before I began attaching them. The picture below shows my initial test to ensure it was a go!

After adding the pre-cut wood to the table.


I started painting the existing table! Now for this step, I chose to do the paint on the legs and sides of the table before attaching the wood to the top so that I didn’t have to worry about covering up the work I had already done.

I started painting the legs and edges of the table as well as the chairs. I chose the spray paint version instead of the can of paint. because I have used this before and the spray paint goes on really evenly and dries super fast. It even has a paint and primer combined which has actually worn really well on the piece.


NOTE: I’m not a professional representative of Rust-oleum, but I have used their products before and I really like the type in the spray can! (No, this is not a sponsored post. I just really like this product). The product I used was Rust-Oleum Universal Satin (Paint and Primer In One) in the color White.

It took several coats to get this done. All in all I believe I used 3 total cans for the table and four chairs for my DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table Hack. Not bad considering this product is pretty affordable (*$5.94 on Amazon at the time of this post).

Rust-oleum Spray Paint Paint and Primer in One Satin (White)


After letting the paint dry on the table for a full day, I used the Gorilla Wood Glue to fix the boards to the table in the pre-designed arrangement. I set the boards with clamps, and let it dry overnight. After letting the glue dry, I took roofing screws and made sure I fixed the boards in really well from the bottom. I thought that this would be and extra layer of security for if/when I ever moved the table around. Over a year later, the screws have proven to be an amazing idea!


(SIDE NOTE: roofing screws!? Silly, I know…but they were self-tapping and literally becoming some of my favorite tools to use in my projects because they are easy to work with and super sturdy. No one would ever know the difference unless they were looking for it! And, look, I don’t claim to be a wood worker. I just like to make things look pretty and wear well. I don’t think my choice of screw is going to ruin anyone’s life, but it certainly has kept this piece together, if anything.)


Added a layer of Minwax Water-Based Pre- Stain Wood Conditioner to prime the wood for the stain. I’m not 100% sure this is a necessary step, but it certainly helped to keep my stain in place and looking fresh for the last year! I let this dry for the recommended time on the can.

Mid-Table Hack, Stain is being applied to the top of the table.


Using my Staining Pad Sponge I began to apply the Minwax Water-Based Wood Stain in the color “Slate,” which I got tinted at Home Depot. It went on really evenly and quickly, and dried fast so I had to work efficiently. I applied the stain in different thicknesses on each board to give the table a “weathered” look. You could apply it really thin or super thick depending on the look that you’re going for. I really love the way this turned out!

Mid-hack, stain is being added to this DIY Farmhouse Table.


After letting the stain dry, I applied a sealant with a soft cloth. For this projected I used Minwax Finishing Wax Paste which is a soft wax. I applied a couple coats of this, and it has worn really well over the year and a half that I have since used it. I did add some more recently just to keep the texture soft. You don’t have to choose this particular sealant, but this is just the one I had on hand and that I really like to use. It doesn’t smell, and it doesn’t make you light headed when you apply it like some of the others I have used.

Adding sealant to the DIY Farmhouse Table.


Enjoy! Below is the finished product in my house! It is hard to see in the pictures, but I did distress the paint a little bit on the edges. It gave it a beautiful, aged look and I feel like it could fit right into a farmhouse magazine! What do you think? Would you try this project!? Thanks for reading about my DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table Hack!

Beautiful DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table Finished Product!



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Louisiana Chicken Stew

Although I was born in California, I sometimes like to celebrate my heritage which goes back much further than my current home. My family emigrated from many parts of Europe, and some of them ended up in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It was my maternal grandmother who was raised in the Big Easy– she was the one who passed down not only my palate for food, but taught me how to cook it as well. She could make anything amazing out of very few ingredients. One weekend when I was young, she came to our home for a visit and whipped up a Chicken Stew for lunch. I had never eaten it before, but it would not be the last time I enjoyed this amazing creation.

This was not my grandmothers exact recipe–but from my memory and some online searches for ingredients, I was able to create something that tastes very similar. I hope you enjoy this amazing southern meal!


• 1 full chicken, cut up
• 4 additional legs
• 2 additional leg quarters
• 1 stick salted butter
• Spices: Paprika, salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 to 1 cup celery, chopped
• 1 yellow onion, chopped
• 2 cups sliced mushrooms
• 6 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 cup chopped green onion
• 2 Boxes [32oz] chicken broth *Pro tip: less can be used for a thicker consistency stew
• 1 cup flour


1. Start by melting the butter in a non-stick pan.
2. Add the chicken seasoned with spices as desired.
3. Brown chicken on both sides on medium heat and remove from the pan (you may have to do this in 2 batches).
4. Take the leftover oil from browning the chicken and slowly add 1/2 cup of flour. **DO NOT STOP STIRRING. Cook until golden brown.
5. Add celery and onions and let them cook down for a couple minutes.
6. Add chicken broth slowly, as needed while the vegetables cook.
7. Once vegetables are cooked down a little bit (about 5 min), add the chicken back to the pot.
8. Add more chicken broth as desired. More for a soupy consistency or less for a thicker consistence. Note: you can always thicken later on.
9. Cook for 30-45 minutes. The longer it is cooked within this time frame, the more tender the chicken becomes while on medium-low heat.
10. Add green onions a couple minutes before removing from heat.
11. Add extra seasoning if desired, and extra flour for a thicker consistency.
12. Serve with sourdough bread or over white rice.
13. Enjoy!

Note: You can add different vegetables or ingredients for different flavors. Some people like to add a bit of spice. Others like to add bell peppers. I don’t necessarily care for those flavors right now, but anything can change!

Learning to Live Small and Love Big

Our world is so focused on possessions and accomplishments, that we sometimes lose sight of what life is really about. Live Small Love Big is focused on minimalism which sometimes requires us to rewrite our story as a culture. As parents, we can help our children by giving them less rather than more by teaching them to play with imagination rather than to consume media. We can show them that sometimes DIY can save money and be a fun learning experience. Finally, we can model that learning to cook some meals at home can be a great way to spend quality time while not shelling out a ton of money for just one tasty meal. Above all, loving your family, and your neighbor is our motto here; we like to model that by serving others and this blog is a way to share all of that knowledge. Welcome and enjoy!

Ultimate Checklist For Your New Baby


  • Essentials You Need:
    • Diapers
    • Wipes
    • Plastic wipes holders (or wipes with resealable flap)
    • Diaper Pail or Garbage Can (your choice!)
    • Diaper Pail Refill Bags Refills
    • Diaper Cream or Coconut oil
    • Diaper Changing pad (with safety strap)
    • 1-2 covers for changing pad
    • 3-5 waterproof pads for changing pad
    • Petroleum Jelly (for circumcisions)
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Wipes Warmer

Bathing and Cleaning

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Baby Bathtub or bathing support* Think “easy to store”
    • Baby body wash
    • Baby shampoo*Can get an all-over wash
    • 2-4 Hooded Towels
    • 4-6 Baby Washcloths* Can double as clean-up for feeding later
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Shampoo Rinse Cup
    • Bath Kneeler
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Bath Toys
    • Bath Toy Storage
    • Bathtub Spout Cover


  • Essentials You Need:
    • 4­-8 Bodysuits (Long and
    • Short ­Sleeved)
    • 2-4 caps
    • 8-12 Pairs of Socks
    • 1-­2 Wearable Blankets
    • 2­4 Gowns
    • 6-8 Footie Pajamas with zipper
    • 4­-8 Pairs of Pants
    • Coming Home Outfit
    • Seasonal Clothing (swim trunks, holiday clothing, if desired)
    • 7 feeding bibs
    • 7 drool bibs
    • 1-3 Soft Sweatshirts
    • 2-4 baby blankets
    • Baby hangers
    • 10 Swaddling Blankets
    • 8-16 receiving blankets (can double as burp cloths!!)
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • No­Scratch Mittens *The nurses at the hospital recommend socks. The mittens don’t really stay on, and the socks have much more elastic!

Nursery & Decor

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Crib
    • Crib Mattress
    • 2-­3 Waterproof Mattress Pads
    • 3+ Fitted Crib Sheets
  • First Weeks Sleep Solution:
    • Cradle or Bassinet
    • Rock n’ Play
    • Snuggle Nest or DockaTot
    • Make your own co-sleepe
    • Dresser
    • Lamp
    • Night light
    • Hamper
    • Storage Baskets/Bins
    • Wall Hangings or Decal
    • Shelving for Books
    • Diaper Stacker** optional
    • Glider & Ottoman **See DIY link
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Attachable Crib Toy or Soother
    • Mobile
    • Accent Rug
    • Toy Chest
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Matching Quilt, Dust Ruffle and Valance You don’t need these things. The sets are sold for hundreds of dollars. You will be just fine with 2-4 fitted sheets.
    • Sound/White Noise** baby can grow dependent on this to sleep

Nursing & Feeding

  • Essentials You Need:
    • If you are breastfeeding:
      • Insulated Bottle Tote and reusable Ice
      • Breast Milk Storage Containers (Kiinde)
      • Cleaning Wipes (if you will be pumping out and about or at work)
      • Nursing Bras (Aenley from Amazon, great for sleeping and very comfortable)
      • Nursing Pads (Lasinoh)
      • Soothing Ointments (Medela)
      • Gel Pads These didn’t really do much for me
      • Nursing Pillow  This was only used for a few weeks. I would recommend getting one used or not at all. Regular pillows work as well.
      • Nursing Cover (Many places offer these for free; second hand is great also)
      • Breast Pump
      • Breast pump tubes and attachments
  • Feeding items below are needed for both breastfeeding with pumping and Bottle Feeding:
    • Microwave sterilizer (or you can boil stuff)
    • 4-6 Bottles and Nipples
    • Different sized nipples for bottle
    • Bottle Warmer
    • Bottle Brush
    • Bottle Drying Rack
    • Bottle Sterilizer (microwave or machine)
    • Formula (as a back-up to breastfeeding or as main nutrition if not breastfeeding)
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Highchair Bumbo chair attachment
    • Splat Mat *or old shower curtain!
    • Make­Your­Own Baby Food Gear * Or use your existing Magic Bullet and the Kiinde milk pouches can double
    • Infant Bowls and Spoons
    • 2-4 Sippy Cups
    • 2-­3 Teethers
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Dishwasher Basket
    • Formula Dispenser or holders for travel

Baby Gear & Travel

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Stroller or Travel System
    • Car Seat
    • Extra Car Seat Base (for second car)
    • Baby Carrier
    • Playard
    • 2-3 Playard Sheets
    • Diaper Bag for Mom and
    • One for Daddy, too
    • Changing Mat
    • Swing
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Toys For Car Seat & Stroller
    • Entertainer and/or Jumper
    • High Chair
    • Umbrella Stroller
    • Waterproof Seat Liner
  • First world things:
    • Stroller Rain Cover
    • Stroller Hooks (maybe)
    • Car Mirror
    • Car Window Shade
    • Stroller Netting
    • Cup and Snack Holder for parents
    • Car Seat Bunting/Cover



  • Essentials You Need:
    • Baby Monitor
    • Thermometer
    • Nasal Aspirator
    • First Aid Kit
    • Nail Clippers and Emery Boards
    • Brush and Comb
    • Gentle Laundry Detergent
    • Baby Tylenol by supervision of doctor for age and weight and dosage
    • Baby Motrin* 6 months and up and by supervision of doctor for age, weight and dosage.
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Shopping Cart/Restaurant Highchair Cover
    • Humidifier
    • Safety Gates
    • Safety Locks, Covers, and Cushions
    • Furniture and Television Straps
    • Baby Toothbrush
    • Teething Gel


Toys & Learning

  • Activity Mats and Gyms
  • Rattles and Travel Toys
  • Developmental Toys
  • Books
  • Stuffed Animals

About Me

I am a millennial and a mom to one with an affinity for helping others. I like to organize stuff. I like to share things. I like to help others. I want to use my blog as a tool to equip others to be successful in as many ventures as possible, and even open minds to new ideas. Whatever knowledge I have or obtain, I organize and share. Live Small Love Big is my platform for that.

Learning to Live Small and Love Big


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