Last week I had entered a challenge on The CSI Project and saw that this week the challenge was Roadkill Rescue. This means anything you got for FREE. I had been thinking about what I could post and nothing stood out, until…my friend called to ask about where she could get rid of some old decking boards. My mind started turning.
I went over to see the boards headed for the trash. When I saw them, I immediately thought: TABLE. She looked shocked, but was definitely interested in this idea and was a major factor in the motivation I needed to finish this project. You will have to bear with me, this is going to be a long and detailed post!
I’m going to show you how I got from this…
This endeavor took two neighbors contributing…A special THANKS goes out the Wynn’s and Pope”s for the supplies!
Supplies I used:
Scraps (2×4’s, decking, deck posts), deck screws, saw ( I used a compound miter saw, but any saw will work-I only made straight cuts), level, square, (4) 4 in” lag bolts, (2) hitching rings with lags,(2) 4 13/16″ ceiling hooks, (4) braces, (2) thing-a-ma bobs?? (not sure what they are called, sorry!)
I started by making a box from the 2×4’s. (They were originally stairs to a play structure.)Â I cut three at 21″ and two at 54″. I assembled them using 3″ deck screws, longer board on the outside and the shorter boards on the inside with one in the middle for support. Use a square on the corners to make sure they are “square.”
This is the best picture I got.
Next, I cut the decking to 66″ each. I used 7 total.
At this point I had all kinds of help! There was a group of neighbors, interested in what this table, made of someone’s trash, would look like!
So, I had the box. Then I started attaching the top boards.
I flipped it over, then attached the legs. I used deck posts (4×4’s) for these. I cut four at 28″. I originally attached them to the inside but changed this later. Use a level to make sure the legs are “plumb.” That means straight! 🙂
(Not sure why this picture is the wrong way, but you get the point.) And tada! First draft!
So that night, I went home and couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking…It looks like a picnic table! Then I remembered a dining room table I saw in Pottery Barn.
So the next morning I went to the hardware store. The hardware that looked the most like the table were VERY small. I found these, that I thought would work and mimic the inspiration table.
So I flipped the table back over and added support on the sides and moved the legs to outside the “box.”
Then I attached the supports for the legs using lag bolts.
I measured up from the floor 12″ and pre-drilled holes. You don’t have to pre-drill, but I would suggest it! It will look something like this.
Then I attached the hardware. I pre-drilled these holes also, then used a screwdriver to tighten them.
Here’s the final table!
I am very happy at how it turned out! I am thinking I will probably do some kind of finish, maybe whitewash, but it is a functioning table for now. All together it took about 4 hours, but that was starting it and then changing it later! 😉
I hope I have inspired you to think outside the box and use what you (or your neighbors, in my case) have.
*****UPDATE: Click on the photo below to see the updated version!*****
Incredible! This is a TRUE trash to treasure transformation. What a stunning piece you created. Congrats on your hard work.
TRU @ TRU TALES FEATS says
Great idea. Good that you added the hardware, I think it sturdies it up a bit. You could do a two-tone finish like I did with my gazebo table and deck stools, stain on the legs, brown paint on the top. You can check out the table here: http://tru-featsandaccomplishments.blogspot.com/2010/07/gazebo-adornment.html. Just a suggestion, I’m not trying to be pushy. BTW love the rug under the table, really classes it up!
It looks awesome! You are so talented.
LOVE IT, angela. girl, who knew!?! keep it up .. green projects are the best.
Great job! The table looks awesome!
WOW! What a fantastic job! I love how you had a vision and you made it come alive. I love the weathered look of the wood and the design of the table. It’s a perfect outdoor table!
Jessica @ Me and My Bucket says
OH MY GOSH!! Seriously, you have mad skills lady!!!!! I don’t think you should paint it though, I love it just the way it is!! I’m going to feature this tomorrow!!! Thanks for sharing it!!
Jessica, Thanks!! I will make a post tomorrow, sending people to you!
Those cables are so cool! I love the entire table. Awesome job!
Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says
How great is this, Angela!?! That table is awesome! And thanks so much for the tutorial – I will most likely be using it (our table did the gust-of-wind-crash thing. 🙁 ) You did such a great job! 🙂
Thanks, Amanda! Give it a try, it was not difficult. Just take your time and it will turn out great!
Amazing! I love it. If you find some more wood, let me know, I’ll come over and we can make another 🙂
Great backyard you have there!
Stopping by from MMS…great table and use of old materials! Love it!!! http://newlyandbecky.blogspot.com/
Becky, I just checked your blog out today…love it!
Wow! Amazing job! It looks great!
Autumn Clark says
Wow! Your dye for detail made all the difference between picnic table and AWESOME table! Looks amazing and so glad that you worked through the kinks yourself. Enjoy!
Love it! Great Job.
Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says
How incredibly cool! It turned out great–it’s funny that you started getting all kinds of help. Well done, I hope you had all the neighbors over for a cookout :).
Karen B says
I love this. The final details just make it fantastic! Nice job. I bet you really impressed the neighborhood.
Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says
This turned out great! Love that you put it together with leftovers. I like your idea of white washing it. Maybe even just the legs. I love that rug under the table too. Do you remember where you got it? I’ve been looking for something colorful in an outdoor rug.
Wow, I love it! Such a clever idea. We have some shutters that we took off of our house. Hmmm…got my mind thinking.
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Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!
Hey I love this table totally beautiful! I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring this. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors. Thanks so much for linking to the party!
Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House says
Hi there! Found you through Remodelaholic. This is amazing! Well done!
Wow. Just wow! And I’m totally trying your enchilada recipe tonight.