Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bargain Outdoor Dining Area

Our deck leaves a lot to be desired. The boards are warped and the color is strange, but we're not quite ready to renovate it yet. In the meantime, I wanted an outdoor dining area that would let us use the deck, but not commit us to really expensive, permanent outdoor furniture.

After getting some inspiration from Scarlett, another designer at Julie Couch Interiors, I went to The Home Depot and bought a $99 unfinished pine picnic table.

I sanded it smooth and drilled a hole through the center for an umbrella. After that, the table needed 1 coat of outdoor primer and 2 coats of outdoor paint.

I went with Ralph Lauren Warwick Lodge, which is one of my very favorite paint colors. Luckily my grandparents had already given me an old umbrella stand (I love when things are free!), so I only needed an umbrella. Tuesday Morning ended up having the best deal in Nashville and I was able to find a neutral taupe one for only $39.99.

I'm really happy with the end result! It feels finished, but I like knowing that I can always change it out for something more permanent down the road.
But until then I'll enjoy hanging out under my umbrella! Are you working on any outdoor projects this fall?


  1. this looks great! now all you need is a glass of vino and a sunset;)

  2. Nice job K. Your flower pots look great. I changed out the old summer stuff in my pots for pansies & ornamental cabbages for fall and winter. I also added a small fire bowl for cool evenings, maybe we'll make s'mores.��

  3. What a transformation and so economical. I know you all have made good use out of it with friends. Rhonda

  4. Oh love this! :) Such a good idea for outdoors.

  5. Kendall- The table looks fantastic. What a beautiful color you chose.


  6. You hit the jackpot with that bargained deal, Kendall. Have you added anything yet? Your deck seems like a wide space, so if you plan on doing a permanent design, you can always install a pergola and vines hanging from the top to complement your blooms and picnic table. =)

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