A Storied Farm Table Dressed for Autumn
We have a very special piece of furniture in our home, a storied piece, with lots of history.
It’s a century old farm table that once belonged to my grandparents. It probably doesn’t have much monetary value, but it’s priceless to me.
My grandparents, Mintie and Eli, purchased this oak farm table from a gentleman in his 80’s, when they married in 1901!
The gentleman told them that he had owned the table since he had gotten married, so by my calculations, it’s at least 150 years old.
Grandma and Grandpa were farmers and they raised their eleven children on this table until they were finally able to afford a new, more modern, table and chairs.
Then the old oak farm table was delegated to the smokehouse, to be used as a work table.
I always marvel at how they got all of those children around this table, squeezing them in to share a meal.
In the early ’70’s, my parents rescued the table from the smokehouse. It was in such sad condition and literally falling apart.
My mother and father worked many hours putting the table back together, sanding the old oak down to the raw wood, and then sealing it with coats of varnish.
Recently, I gave it another makeover by stripping it back to it’s raw wood, and then finishing it with coats of lime wax.
Growing up, this table was our main dining table.
I often heard the stories of how it was the table that my grandparents started “housekeeping” on, and how my parents rescued it and brought it back to life.
On holidays, our family would gather, and once again, we would all squeeze around this table to share a fabulous meal.
This old table has seen hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners, heard thousands of stories, held countless platters of fried chicken, and biscuits and gravy, and heard the laughter of many children and grandchildren. Oh how I wish it could talk!
I’m the third generation to have this old storied table grace our home, and someday it will pass on to the fourth.
Hopefully it will continue to evoke those precious memories for generations to come.
When it comes to an Autumn table, this old farm table makes the perfect setting.
It’s so simple to bring out heirloom dishes, a bit of greenery and lush velvet pumpkins in a variety of Fall colors.
I started with the centerpiece, by adding a magnolia leaf garland to the center of the farm table and then topped it with an antique plateau mirror that belonged to my mother.
The lush velvet pumpkins look fabulous piled on top of the table, with a few dried hydrangeas, and gilded pinecones tucked in here and there.
It’s all about layering.
There’s lots of contrast with the different textures in the burlap table runner, and the velvet of the pumpkins, against the old worn oak of the farm table.
Each place setting holds a small velvet pumpkin, making them a cherished little gift to send home with your guests at the end of the evening.
Though our old farm table is very simple, the tabletop decor can be gorgeous, and add total luxury to any setting.
Placing old ironstone, and pieces of my mothers Blue Willow at each place setting, brought back so many memories of all of the meals that his table has held.
I also used antique Fostoria stemware that belonged to my mother in law, Evelyn.
Autumn is about gatherings, family, laughter, and stories.
Our old heirloom farm table is the perfect place to share those memories.