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June 29, 2010 / mish

if you build it, they will come

Two things frustrate me about home purchases: rugs and outdoor furniture.
They both seem outrageously overpriced for something that generally doesn’t last forever. Even searching the likes of Craigslist, people overprice used items as well. So after searching places like Cost Plus (actually the most affordable of them all), IKEA, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Pottery name it- I linked to it – M proposed the idea that he would set out to BUILD an outdoor table for us. A table that would be the color we wanted, the dimensions we wanted, and best of all- a price we were okay with.

The design we both agreed upon looked something like this collection from West Elm:

We took a little trip to a few stores and scoped out the table designs we most liked, took a peak underneath and over to see how the basic construction looked. And with the help of the website, Knock Off Wood, M found some plans that seemed do-able.

Let me reiterate, that M has never built anything out of wood before we bought this house. Nor did he ever show any signs of being interested to do so.

We made the trip (M made several trips without me as well) to HD and purchased douglas fir for the legs, and pine wood for the table top. We decided to splurge a little bit for the table top wood, and I am really glad we did. The finish is super smooth and looks much more professional. Once the whole table was built, M cut a perfect little circle in the middle for our existing umbrella. Then, after testing out a few stains, we decided on“special walnut” and a coat of weather proof wood seal. Now we can actually seat more than four people at a table…which brings up the idea of building a bench….



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  1. ALittleBite / Sep 8 2010 9:49 am

    Hi! Thank you for your the sweet comments you left at my blog! I’m glad you liked the rug, it was a pain to paint it but I think it was worth it. Your table looks really good, I’m going to have to think about using the same stain color!

  2. Beth / May 12 2011 10:12 am

    Nice job!!! We were in the exact same boat about 3 years ago and built our own table after we could not find an affordable one. You guys will have a bench built in no time 🙂

  3. Annaliese Nelson Stettler / Apr 15 2018 8:51 am

    how did you get your umbrella hole in the middle? I have the same situation and want to make a table and want to put my umbrella up with it.

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