Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Story of a Prairie Table

His wife wanted a table.
A rustic planked prairie table.

A table that whispered of times gone by;
of hands kneading bread on worn boards;
of farmhouse suppers lit by soft candlelight;
of mornings full of bright sunlight splashing across thick planks.

So the man hauled slabs of wood on a sled through the deep snow to his workshop.

Together, they decided to use parts of the table that already stood in the kitchen ~
making the project a little more difficult,
but well worth a try.

Since a narrower table was in the plan, 
his rough, weathered hands unscrewed the old tabletop,
piece by piece.


After it was sanded, stained and steel wooled,
the wife stood back and smiled at her hard working husband...

...and he smiled back.

She set out candles and celebration glasses for the dinner hour,
and watched the sunlight dance across the planks ~

just as they had in her mind.

Her vision was complete.

Her heart.....happy.

~  Blessings  ~

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  1. I bet you are a happy happy happy Lady :) Very nice ! Your Mr. did Good didn't he.Always love your Photos and Styling ~Blessings

  2. Hi Laurie, Oh my goodness how beautiful. I love your new table and the work your hubby designed for your new table with you vision. It looks wonderful and the whole room is stunning. It is just so inviting and says come sit and enjoy. It is such a blessing to have a husband that can bring your ideas to life. Mine is this way too. You work as a team and it shows. Lovely finish!!

    Have a great evening. Hugs!

  3. Oh my gosh, what an adorable table and an adorable post! Your hubby isn't too bad either! What a sweetheart! I just loved this post. Enjoy your table! xoxo

  4. Oooh Laurie!... that is sooo beautiful!... I love love love it!... I can just picture you kneading bread... and farmstyle suppers... and sunlight streaming in on it in the morning... I just wish you would have shown "the husband and the wife"!... Rog is a doll to make that for you!... I hope your celebration was wonderful... it's the perfect addition to your beautiful kitchen... yes... a prairie table for sure... and you so deserve it... he did a wonderful job on it, lucky you!... I want one!... xoxo Moi

  5. What a treasure he is. Love Love the table,perfect

  6. Love your table.

    It looks very similar to the new tabletop we just built. Don't you love the rustic look!

  7. Her husband did an excellent job creating such a prairie chic table with wonderful patina (of course kudos go to the wife, too) You have such great posts and vision.

  8. Your table is beautiful, your hubby did a great job............I love white and wood mixed, I think it is just so
    fresh and pretty, my coffee table is like that..........white and oak.......actually, it was my daughter's table
    when she was little and we had it refinished.......
    That table looks great with your decor..........all beautiful I might add.
    Blessings, Nellie

  9. Wow, so beautiful Laurie! It looks perfect in your sunny kitchen :)
    It is wonderful to hear how happy you are <3
    God bless you friend (Rog too!)

  10. beautiful job! what a fantastic duo you two make. and i know just how you feel--my husband speaks this love language too, and i'm so filled with admiration and gratitude. we are blessed!


  11. Wow! What a wonderful blessing you have in that hubby of yours....Such a wonderful job.. It looks great!!! My husband made my a 10 farm table in November of Last year.. we love it.. Our whole family can sit together.... even the little ones.. I am sure you will have many wonderful dinners together around yours..... Enjoy! Blessings!

  12. I'm glad your table is finally the way you wanted it to be, Laurie.
    Rog did a great job working his magic with it.
    It looks wonderful!!

  13. I just love the way you told us this little story! Your husband is my hero (and your, too, I'm sure!). I absolutely love the table, it looks wonderful in your dining area. I hope you had a wonderful celebration!


  14. How beautiful! His hands, your vision and that farmtable.
    How lovely it looks in your kitchen. Another work of art and labour of love.
    Blessed indeed!
    Hugs xo

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo

  15. Yay! Big dreams, little dreams- when they come true they are so utterly priceless.

    Your post sure put a big smile on my face. I am so happy for your both.

  16. Perfectly, perfect.
    What beauty has come of his working hands. You have a man to love my dear, one who adds all the beauty you dream.

    I have been painting and bending wire over at my place. See you soon.


  17. What a great job. Love the table.


  18. Love this Laurie, can't wait to show Jim!
    And, I don't know if I ever noticed the ceiling...I love it...reminds me of summers at my Nana's cottage on Cape Cod growing up!

  19. Love that table !!!! from me darling...x !

  20. A story like in a fairy tale with pictures like a dream ! What else can I say ?

    xoxo from PARIS


  21. Your new table looks beautiful my dear!!!You and your husband is perfect team-love your together work!!!
    Have a nice day!Hugs!

  22. You make it look so easy...I love this table!! I am going to share your posts with others...thanks for sharing your dreams in our blog hop! Have a beautiful weekend.

  23. Such a sweetheart he is! It's beautiful, Laurie! And now your table has a special story to tell.
    Happy day to you & yours,
    P.S. We have a sled just like yours. My brother gave it to us, and we've found a million uses for it, including hauling snow inside it! :)

  24. Your table is gorgeous Laurie! What a sweet hubby you have:) I often think how lucky I am to have a husband who very happily sits amongst floral wreaths, cherubs, flowerly pillows and Lavender candles:) We are blessed!

  25. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Both your spirit and your creativity are evident in this post and makes your reader feel blessed.

  26. Hi Laurie!
    I just love your writing. (: The table is beautiful! I like the stain on it. Kudos to your hubs! Enjoy your new table & hope you have a nice weekend, too.

  27. Love your table... your husband is fabulous.... a very gifted man indeed...Beautiful work & a very happy wife...enjoy both of you!! Hugs May x x x

  28. Laurie,
    Very lovely and the pride of accomplishment of your vision has your words dancing with joy. Enjoy the gathering and celebrations of culinary delights with family and friends.

  29. i bet this cute table makes your heart happy:) he did a wonderful job, laurie--enjoy!

  30. It looks stunning Laurie.

    xo Rozmeen

  31. what a good man
    you have there

    to craft this lovely table
    sprinkle in a bit of love
    and look forward to many happy memories
    made whilst sitting around it

    thank you for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!


  32. The table is gorgeous, Laurie, and a great collaboration. We have a big farmhouse table in my craft room that I would like to make narrower one of these days.

  33. Love your table and yours photos and this post! Visiting from Common Groound.

  34. That looks great--what an awesome husband you have :)!

  35. Oh what a wonderful finish. I just love the contrasting natural timber finish with the painted whites!
    Yes you definitely have a keeper in your house as I do too and I feel so blessed to have a man that understands my wishes.

  36. You were made for each other........lovely.......

  37. How lovely, Laurie...and the way you told the story was so sweet...

  38. Laurie,
    Such lucky ladies, you & I!!!
    Greatly talented, patient, understanding husbands.
    My heart is happy for you, too, dear friend!!!
    Love the sunlight dancing across the planks!!!

  39. Very pretty and nice to have a handy hubby; wish I could narrow my table down.......ah welllll.

  40. I just read this out loud to my hubby, tears running down my cheeks as I shared your love for one another. I too am equally blessed. I am so happy you shared this post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Big Hugs

  41. What a sweet and loving post. You have a real keeper there! The table is gorgeous,
    your vision was spot on!

  42. Love the way your table turned out! I came over from "I Love That Junk!" Wish I had a handy husband like that. I'm pretty handy myself but not THAT handy. It looks so pretty in your dining room. This is my first time to your blog. Loving all I see! I'm your newest follower.

  43. I don't think there is anything finer than a man with a hammer and a tool belt on! If only all men knew it's love potion capabilities. lol

  44. Happy heart indeed! Love how it tuned out Laurie! Once again, your hubby made your dreams come true! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  45. What a blessing to be in love and be able to create together. The table is perfect for the room.
    Your photos are so pretty too...
    My husband and I are planning a couple of projects for this year. It will be interesting
    to see what we come up with, our tastes couldn't be further apart.
    Happy New Year!

  46. Love, love, love it Laurie! It is so beautiful! You have a very talented Mister. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  47. haha well that's a lovely story and with a happy ending too ! what a clever hubby you have ! have a nice week...Gail x

  48. Lovely- makes me want to have tea and a good breakfast there. Came across your site from All Things Home blog. :) God Bless! Rachel

  49. Your love for each is so evident in writing this post! So working together could only bring something as beautiful as your new farmhouse table! Love always bring a happy heart, and the table was just the topper!

  50. Oh I love, love, love it. Such a fabulous post and the table is wonderful. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  51. Awwww... He's so sweet... and it's Wonderful! So cool, it looks just like an old farm table!!


  52. Love your new table,just found your blog love it!

  53. It is amazing to see the difference. The first one has so much bulk - but the redo is perfect for the room.

  54. Your table is beautiful.
    Your kitchen a DREAM!

  55. Beautiful story, Laurie - the table turned out wonderfully. I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  56. Laurie, I will feature this table tomorrow at Home Sweet Home. I love how it turned out. My husband helped me do the same thing to our cottage style tile top table but, I didn't use as think of boards as you did. It really turned out great!

  57. Laurie, Very nice! Who doesn't love a farmhouse table. You did a fabulous job! Thank you for sharing on Twirl and Take a Bow! ~Tammy

  58. Well I'd be doing a little happy dance if that was my table Laurie. Your hubby did an amazing job, bless him. I'm featuring you at Shabilicious Friday this week.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  59. Soo pretty Laurie! What a charmer your table is now! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  60. Just beautiful Laurie - absolutely beautiful................
    And then the husband sat down - and said " well - where's dinner, woman? " lol

  61. A great job! I'm amazed at what a difference the warm wood makes in your room. Your photos are wonderful!

  62. The table is beautiful and that man is a keeper!

  63. Beautiful table!!

    I am co hosting Fluster's Creative Muster link Party!
    Thanks for linking up!!


  64. You two are an amazing team! Love and appreciation, hard work and imagination, you have it ALL. The table is simply gorgeous and I love how you can visually take us on a journey with your words and images. Perfection! xoxo

  65. We love the table. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  66. Beautiful! I love that you used your existing table, farmhouse perfection!


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