An outdoor farmhouse table has been on my to do list for months but it never seemed like the right time to get started until that recycled wood arrived a few weeks ago. I wanted to build a small test example to see if this concept was even a possibility.
Robert volunteered and I put off fall gardening to help get it finished. I’ve been able to work in a little gardening because more than anything I want fresh veggies through winter.
He started this project in the later part of the evening and had it finished just as the sun was setting. Needless to say, it has a few quirks but it works and this space will occupy hours of writing when the temperatures finally cool.
I can also see us sharing many meals and perhaps relaxing a little enjoying the quiet followed by light conversation.
Table with a few Quirks
Quirks are part of life and because this was a test concept no complaining was allowed. Overall this is what I wanted and when we build the next one it will be larger and we’ll probably use 2 x 6 boards.
The next step was to figure out paint colors and since the table sits left of the walk path it needed to be subtle but also make a bit of a statement.
This brings me to my two new favorite Dixie Belle Paint Colors.
This post contains affiliate links for Dixie Belle Paint and Cutting Edge Stencils, Click here to read site terms.
Farmhouse Green and Coffee Bean
I chose Farmhouse Green and Coffee Bean, you can find it online here.
At first, I thought about painting the entire table with my favorite new color, Farmhouse Green. I quickly realized that color it might be a bit much.
So, I chose my other favorite, Coffee Bean and then did the raised top end in the Farmhouse Green.
To say I had fun would be an understatement and I don’t know what it is about painting but it helps me relax.
Dixie Belle paint is also very easy to work with so that probably added to the fun because it applies with little effort. If you decide to use this paint on your own outdoor projects I do recommend a couple coats and allow at least an hour for it to dry between each application.
We’re Not Finished Yet
The table was finally painted but not finished because I wanted to add a buffalo check stencil. It seemed like the perfect addition and I could hardly wait to begin. But you want to know what happened? It rained and then I had to wait a couple days to begin again.
Supplies for Stencil Details
- Cutting Edge Stencil brushes here – Love These!
- Rag and wood pieces for paint
- Dixie Belle Farmhouse Green and Coffee Bean, Get Here
- Studio R12 Buffalo Check Stencil
- Painters Tape
- A water glass – yes, I know it needs cleaning….
How to Stencil
I used Coffee bean for the stencil application over the Farmhouse Green. Begin by taping to secure and slowly dot brush over the entire stencil. For complete details on stenciling click here.
This was a lengthy process and at one point I decided to sit down because the humidity was horrible.
Repeat the Pattern
Continue stenciling across the boards by lining the stencil with an already finished row and then tape in place so everything matches.
Then keep dotting with your brush until you reach your destination. I love this part of the table and I’ll share why in a minute.
Switch Colors and Repeat Again
Now it was time to jazz up the main part of the table.
So, I took the Farmhouse Green and applied the stencil same as before and continued through the center of the table.
It was done and just what I envisioned and those quirks, well they just make me smile because they’re a reminder life isn’t perfect.
Finally, the outdoor farmhouse table is complete and what’s with those boards at the end going in the opposite direction?
This is where you put additional food, napkins, centerpieces you name it because when I’m sitting across from someone enjoying a meal or having a conversation I don’t like to be surrounded with a lot of stuff.
In general, I don’t like to be surrounded by stuff and very soon I’ll be sharing how I survived the first year of tiny living.
Enjoy a great day everyone and hope you were inspired by my version of an Outdoor Farmhouse Table.