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09-21-2020 05:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dining table farmhouse pine table legs question matching

Hi folks, would love a bit of design advice for the situation I’m in. A Neighbor gave me some farmhouse style dining table legs that she got for a canceled project and thought I could use them. The trouble is they appear to be Pine, and I don’t have any desire to make an all pine dining table.

I am stuck on how to match the legs to the table top if I don’t want to use the same wood. Anyone have any experience building a table with a pine base and some other nicer wood on top? Do you try and finagle a stain to match, leave them as a contrast? Last resort I could paint the base but am not sure that look would work in my home.

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#1 posted 09-21-2020 06:08 PM

Your best bet would be to come up with a stain that would match up with the table top, or provide some kind of contrast, like ebony. Otherwise, milk paint might be an options. It really depends on what the top will be. Worst case, you get rid of the legs and make ones that match the table.

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#2 posted 09-21-2020 06:29 PM

Worst case, you get rid of the legs and make ones that match the table.

- EarlS

+1. Sell them on Craigslist and make your own.

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#3 posted 09-21-2020 06:44 PM

No interest in paint or a solid stain like Cabbot? What i’m suggesting is enhance the contrast. or Similar to “celebrate the joint”, not sure where I read that.

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 06:57 PM

not a fan of painted wood myself but ive seen some nice farm house tables with the legs painted white with a natural maple top.

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 07:14 PM

You can ebonize them. There are different ways to do it.

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