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The story of our Farmhouse Table and why we chose Ontario Wood

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know there are two things I really love. The first is wood grain. I really (and I mean really) love the look of natural wood. The rings, the nicks and cuts and all of its character. The second is that I am very passionate about reusing and re-purposing materials. I love taking items meant for a landfill and transforming them into home decor objects. A quick search for the term upcycled on my site will lead you to a vast array of projects you can do in your own home.

Needless to say when Ontario Wood contacted me about partnering with them to showcase the importance of their program, as well as the benefits of using and purchasing items made with Ontario wood, my interest was piqued.

I am really flattered and honoured to introduce this program to my readers.


Ontario Wood is an initiative that helps consumers identify and purchase products made locally from Ontario wood. The increasing recognition of wood’s benefits (which include its cost-effectiveness, design flexibility and reduced environmental impact) is helping to create more demand for wood products, which in turn supports local economies.

Ontario is full of different wood species that are suited to a variety of needs, from flooring to artisan goods. Speaking of artisan goods, that’s where Paul and Jen from Lush Woodcraft join our story. One of the items we have been looking for, for some time now, is a dining table for our future dining room. When I was researching all the partners who use Ontario wood to find a piece of furniture for our home, I came across Lush Woodcraft and fell in love with their tables.

Paul and Jen started their business when Jen asked Paul to make some pieces of furniture for their home. Soon friends got wind of his talent and, fast forward some time, a hobby turned into a full time family business.

Paul grew up working with his dad and learning how to do both woodwork and metal work, which resulted in Lush Woodcraft being able to offer their customers custom made steel frames for their table bases.

Paul first connected with Ontario Wood at the Green Living Show. He really liked their program and initiative, and signed up to be an Ontario Wood partner shortly after their meeting. A lot of the wood Lush Woodcraft uses is recycled from barns and buildings all around Ontario. Rather than seeing it go to waste, they take the old wood and give it new life as a new piece of furniture.

The day they delivered the table for our dining room, I was so excited, I was like a kid the night before Christmas. By the time they unwrapped the table, I was rendered speechless. Trust me, that rarely happens. My friends often joke they can hear me before they can see me, which a big feat considering I am 5’11”. I stood there however, in complete silence, because I never thought I would be lucky enough to have a piece this beautiful in our home.

Our quasi dining room, is now turning into a full fledged dining room. This is one of those moments in life where I feel like I’ve reached adulthood. You know exactly what I am talking about. That feeling where you finally acquire a piece of furniture that you want to share with everyone as soon as they walk into your home?

This is it.

Our farmhouse table is made out of the floorboards of 150 year barn wood from a barn in Elmira, Ontario. The gorgeous nicks and cuts only add to its character. Paul explained to me that 150 years ago farmers would cut down trees, most often old pine and hemlock, on their properties to build barns with. This wood is called old growth wood because they grew a lot slower back then, which means it’s more dense. This is also why you see a lot more growth rings in the wood.

I mean just look at this detail.

Paul and I share the same sentiment about this table and other tables Lush Woodcraft have made, and that is that we hope that tables like this one can be passed down through generations. It’s a piece of furniture that not only has a history, but one that you want to be a part of yours too. This is a table to span generations; to look back and reminisce on all the meals that you enjoyed with your loved ones.

I cannot wait to have Christmas dinner at this table. I’ll be sharing updates on my dining room as we go on my Instagram. Our daughters already insist on eating their dinner here every evening. To me, that in itself, is priceless.

For more information on Ontario Wood or to become an Ontario Wood partner, please visit their website.

For a custom piece of furniture or your own dining table, you can connect with Paul and his team at Lush Woodcraft.

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you in partnership with Ontario Wood. As always, opinions are my own. 

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  • Reply
    Dorin Greenwood
    November 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Love the table Alex!!! It’s gorgeous! We eat our meals at the table my husband made from a tree that the city cut down. It’s big, heavy and always surrounded by family. Just as it should be!! Enjoy the memories you make around your new table.

    • Reply
      November 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you! A friend of mine said that their dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house. As someone who has never had a dining room before this, I totally understand now. The girls are in there every single day. Homework. Crafting. Playing with Lego. Eating dinner. It’s been so wonderful to have that space.

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    November 3, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    It really is beautiful and so nice to know you will have the table for a lifetime! Would you mind sharing where your dining chairs are from?

    • Reply
      November 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks so much Colleen! The chairs are from two different locations. The grey ones are from Kitchen Stuff Plus and the Navy Velvet are are from Pier1.

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