Within a couple of weeks of moving into our new house, my mom and I picked up a table and chair set off of craigslist. The size was perfect and I loved the little scalloped, dotted detail around the apron. I thought it was the perfect candidate for painting and refinishing and would see our family through the high school years and beyond.
But, as it happens with some purchases, this one wasn’t as perfect as it seemed. The top, that I thought was solid wood, was actually veneer and it was chipping off in a few places. I thought it was sturdy, but it turned out the table was sagging at the seam where the table opened to allow for leaves. I painted and refinished it and the top accepted the white wash unevenly, leaving an unsightly stripe down the middle. I had already spent hours on it and I wasn’t excited about spending more time on a table that was sagging.
A few months ago, I surrendered to the fact that this table wasn’t a great purchase. It wasn’t anything that needed to be replaced immediately, but I was going to keep an eye out for another table.
Coincidentally, as I was passively looking for a new farm table, I received an e-mail from a company that uses MMS Milk Paint for their business, which is making farmhouse furniture – Wellsworks Furniture. They were inquiring about color cards, so they could show samples to their customers. One e-mail was closed with the line, “And if you ever need a custom farmhouse table built, please let us know!”
I actually read over the line a few times and thought it probably wouldn’t work out anyway, since I was located in Minnesota and they were based in Tennessee. Well, it turns out it was a serious offer and they ship to the entire eastern half of the US, including Minnesota.
So, the table customization process began!
After combing their gallery, leg styles, and finishes, I selected an oak table with a natural wax finish and Husky legs (in the Lafayette profile), with the base painted in distressed MMSMP Farmhouse White. It was delivered a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it…
And, because it’s custom-made, I had it made to the same dimensions as the old table, since it was the perfect size for this space.
Of course, I love the base and that it’s painted in my favorite white, but the top, made out of reclaimed antique oak, definitely steals the show.
The wood itself has a gorgeous glow and all of the little knots and imperfections give it a rich character.
The tone of the wood looks right at home with my mis-matched chairs and the rest of the finishes and colors in the space. It can be tricky to get different wood tones to work well together, but this table is spot on.
And it’s so nice to no longer have to hold my breath when anyone leans on the table. This is rock solid. As my mom would say, “You can tap dance on that table.”
So, a bit more about Wellsworks Furniture, because you may have never heard of them. The company was founded by Tyler Wells and his wife, Maggie. In 2009, Tyler was stationed in Chattanooga, TN while serving in the US Navy. The Marines would bring in wooden pallets that caught Tyler’s eye and he started making things with them. He quickly developed a passion for woodworking, specifically crafting heirloom-quality furniture from antique hardwoods. I love that he is self-taught and created a business out of something he’s passionate about.
Wellsworks is currently working with reclaimed chestnut oak from the early 1900’s and builds custom-sized farmhouse tables, benches, trestle tables, coffee tables, consoles, and kitchen islands.
I think I can safely say that we’ll have this table well beyond the high school, college, and even empty nester years. This is the kind of piece we can hand down to our kids and grand kids.
For now, it’s the hub of the house. We just had seven kids gathered around it last night, having pizza and ice cream cake to celebrate my son’s 10th birthday. It’s the spot for family dinners, family meetings, and it is often employed as a desk and work surface. Despite having hooks in the garage, laundry room, and by the front door, it’s where everyone drops their bags or whatever they are wearing that they want to shed. It’s the landing strip.
It’s a hard-working, functional, beautiful hub that looks like it was always meant to be there.
If you’re in the market for a piece of heirloom-quality farmhouse furniture, you can view their current inventory HERE or fill out a custom order request form HERE. Wellsworks Furniture will also have a booth at Vintage Market Days in Asheville, NC, August 17-19, 2018.
And, if you do purchase something, use coupon code MUSTARD100 to get $100 off a farmhouse table!
Also, they have incredible giveaways on the Wellsworks Facebook page regularly, so I would suggest following their feed to get in on that giveaway action.
Here is the July 2018 giveaway as an example…
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wellsworks Furniture. They are an inspiring company and I am honored to partner with them to promote their brand. All opinions shared are honest and my own. I do not receive any additional compensation for any furniture purchased through the links in this post.