al fresco

She's a beaut, Clark! 

We finally birthed our highly anticipated cedar farmhouse dining table and it's better than we could have imagined. Or, maybe we're just ecstatic to finally have an outdoor surface to eat on. Potayto, potahto.

Our previous home had an attached deck that was old and rotted and we eventually tore it down completely, so we had no use for patio furniture and never bought any.  Our current home however, has a massive two-tiered deck that has been looking very sad and bare, especially since we've been having such amazing summer weather lately. 

In between work, social events, weekly sports obligations, yard work/gardening and the usual chores, we finally had a free afternoon/evening to grind out this beautiful tableau and we're super happy with how it turned out.  Did I say that already?

If you're wondering why we chose to do all the work rather than just buy a pre-fab table, the reason is this; Unless you're prepared to spend an arm and a leg at a store like Restoration Hardware, the quality isn't always on par with the price.  Or, it is, and you have the furniture for a couple of seasons and then it's ready for the trash. Not to mention, it is difficult to find exactly what you like.  Why not make it yourself? And for a fraction of the cost. It takes no more than a few hours and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you built it to last.

If I told you that the cost of the cedar lumber and deck screws to make this table was $200, would you believe me?   (It's a simple question Doctor, would you eat the moon if it were made of ribs?)

The classic farmhouse table is a standard that will never go out of style. Cedar wood is long-lasting and durable because it is absorbent and naturally resistant to decay and termites. This is why people build decks, fences, garden beds and trellises out of it. Added bonus- it smells amazing. You don't have to chemically treat it or seal it either.  The jury is still out on whether or not I am going to stain it though... I may also seal the top surface just because we'll be eating and drinking on it.  The quiet voice in my head is whispering that a couple rounds of flip cup might be played on this table top in the future, so it might require a good shellac. But, if left untreated, cedar turns a lovely shade of weathered grey, which I think would be beautiful.  

If you would like to build a cedar table for yourself, you can find plans for one similar to ours at:

Ps, chairs are a vintage style metal dining chair from Structube. They are meant for indoor use but if left outside uncovered will weather and wear to a beautiful rust patina.
They are on sale right now for $59 from $99. 
Table runner is a canvas painter's drop cloth from Home Depot for $16. 
Glassware, vintage gold flatware and china are my own.

Doing my best "Giada" 💁🏼

Doing my best "Giada" 💁🏼