Welcome back to week two of our Outdoor Makeover Challenge!

Just in case you missed out on all of the juicy details last week, here‘s a peek at what I’ve been dreaming up for the space. With a mountain of dirt for a yard at the moment and no other outdoor space, I couldn’t be more excited to be setting up our courtyard deck just in time for summer!

Brady and I have been hard at work on a top secret project behind the scenes for the last couple of weeks. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen this sneak peek I shared while putting on the last coat of Polyurethane yesterday morning:
 
Table Sneak Peek @ making it in the mountains
 
It all started with this GORGEOUS Pottery Barn Table for that I’ve been swooning over for ages!
 

 
Unfortunately, I couldn’t justify the\at $2700 price tag for a piece of furniture that will spend 3/4 of the year buried under snow no matter how stunning it was. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I stumbled across these plans on, you guessed it … Pinterest! Having given my newly handy husband a few easier projects to practice on along this DIY journey, I had no doubt that he could put together a stunning table of our very own (if only because I wanted it SO badly!), even if he wasn’t so sure. And I was right (which is usually the case!) – it turned out even more amazing than I had imagined!!!

I am SOOOOOO excited to FINALLY reveal our pride and joy!!!
 
DIY Pottery Barn Table Knockoff @ making it in the mountains
 
I may have gone a little camera crazy, but I’m just SO IN LOVE!
*Click through the gallery that follows for even more pictures*
 


 
So how did we get the $2700 Pottery Barn look for less than $150? Well, we followed these amazing plans from Ana White to build the table and the benches. I won’t get into too much detail about the construction because I couldn’t possibly do a better job of explaining things than she did; however, we did make a few changes along the way to make it our own. Brady chose to change the cut of the table legs to better resemble the Pottery Barn Table. We also added the extra 1×4 platform to the bottom of the bench legs as we found them a bit short when we followed the original plans and, in the end, we liked how it helped tie everything together. Before Brady got it all put together, I stained everything with Minwax oil based stain in Special Walnut and put on 2 coats of Outdoor Polyurethane (3 on the top boards of the table and benches) to help protect it from the elements.

I am SO incredibly proud of Brady for creating this STUNNING table for us! I know our family and friends will enjoy so many fabulous meals around it for many summers to come!

I know this beauty will be nearly impossible to top, but I’ve got SO much more in store for our space, so be sure to follow along! And of course, you won’t want to miss our final reveal on June 26th (which just happens to be my birthday!) to see how it all comes together!!!

*UPDATE: See this Pottery Barn Inspired Table all dressed up in our finished space here!*

Now, I’m sure you are just as EXCITED as I am to see what Nicole at Meet the B’s has been up to on her lovely patio, so head on over to take a peek!

Be sure to follow along with us both so you don’t miss a thing!!!
 
 

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*Have you noticed someone missing? I’m SO sorry to say that due to some unforeseen circumstances, Nicci at Living the Domesticate Life will no longer be taking part in our Outdoor Makeover Challenge, but we are definitely looking forward to working together again soon!*

Wishing you all a lovely day!
 
 
 
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114 thoughts on “Outdoor Makeover Challenge – Week 2: DIY Pottery Barn Table Knockoff

  1. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    Wow!!! This totally caught my eye at a link party cause my husbands been wanting to build one for our deck! Yours is awesome!! What a knock off :))) If you’d like, I’d love for you to come share it at our link party on my blog please :) Look forward to checking out your blog!

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  2. Nancy

    Love it! Looks super sturdy and I love all the angles……not just your typical run-if-the-mill picnic table/patio set. Outstanding job!!

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  3. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I can’t believe how much cheaper it is to make this yourself. And it turned out AWESOME! My brother is pretty good at stuff like this so maybe I can convince him to help me make this for my next house.

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    1. Kristi Post author

      I know! We could have NEVER justified spending $2700 for an outdoor table, so I was thrilled when I found those plans! If we can do it, anyone can do it ;)

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  4. Amy from Swag on, Momma!

    Hey, I came over from the Be.You.Tiful link party and…Wow! I am impressed! The table turned out so similar to the inspiration. I love benches, you can cram so many people in! Good work to you and your hub. :)

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO much Amy!!! I am so, so thrilled with how well it turned out! I’ve always loved the idea of benches too, just for that reason ;) Thanks for popping by and have a lovely weekend!!!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thanks SO much Chrissy!!! I am absolutely in LOVE with Ana White’s site – there are so, so many projects that I can’t wait to try!

      Reply

  5. Deb

    Wow!

    I am impressed that turned out amazing!!!! We were going to knock off a PB table as well…one with a concrete top…but too little of time to do it this year, so we just borrowed my MIL table for this year. But you have me thinking hard about definitely doing this for next year. I may have to recreate something like this for my dining room though : )

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thanks Deb!!! I’m SO, SO happy with how it turned out! I am in LOVE with those concrete PB Tables – would so love to see how it turns out! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  6. Crystelle

    our table and benches are sooooo stunning! I am complete stunned into silence. They also look so fabulous on your deck. You will enjoy so many memorable meals there now… I am am somewhat jealous. Good for you!! :)
    x Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thanks Colleen! The changes weren’t big ones, but they definitely made a difference. With the table, you may notice that the bottom 2×4 on each side was left straight rather than cut at 45 degrees as suggested in the plans. To the bench, we simply added 4 extra 1x4s to the bottoms to create the same raised up look as the table. I tried to share some pictures of the table and bench legs, but I can definitely dig a few more out for you when I get home (we’re out of town until Tuesday evening). Have a lovely weekend!!!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO much Angela!!! I’m really so happy with how it turned out and I’m dying to see how it all comes together too!!!

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  9. Gwen

    Hi Kristi! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your Pottery Barn Knockoff Table, and I’m featuring you as one of my Rockstars this week from Creativity Unleashed!

    As a Rockstar you’re in the running for this week’s MEGA Rockstar! Grab your friends and come vote at http://www.theboldabode.com/2014/06/creativity-unleashed-rockstars-week-24.html

    The MEGA Rockstar gets loads of love including:

    1. Shout outs on all my social media houses.
    2. A bucket full of Pins to my biggest group boards
    3. A big sidebar ad proclaiming them the MEGA Rockstar of the week
    4. And a feature in my weekly newsletter!

    Congratulations and Good Luck!!!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO, SO much Marty! I am thrilled with how it turned out! Thanks for hosting – I look forward to seeing you pop by each week :)

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  14. Mary Renee

    Popping in via the Wow Me Wednesday link up.
    This table is gorgeous!! I wish my husband was good at woodwork. Maybe I can still figure out a way to have him make this. ;) Pinning for later.

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  18. Emily

    this is amazing! You did an awesome job. And I agree, I live in Wisconsin and I can’t justify spending too much money on anything outdoors. I wish it was a year round kind of deal, but it is not.

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thanks Emily! It’s SO hard because you want to get the most out of your outdoor space while you can without spending a fortune on something that you’ll only get to enjoy for a few short months. I’m hoping we’ve come up with a perfect balance between the two!

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  20. Doree

    I love Pottery Barn except for the prices. I love this knockoff! Now I just need to talk my husband into making it for me :) Hope to see you this Wednesday night at our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party. It starts at 8:30 PM EST. -Doree

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  25. Gwen

    HI Kristi! I just wanted to let you know that you are this week’s MEGA Rockstar from Creativity Unleashed!

    I’ve shouted you out on all my social media outlets, added you to my sidebar and have tons of pins going up tonight on my biggest boards starting as we speak! I’ll also be featuring you in my weekly newsletter on Thursday.

    I hope you get LOTS of love this week! You totally deserve it, girl!!!

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  36. Denise

    Morning Kristi! We featured your pottery barn table knockoff on Share it Sunday this week. Thanks for linking up. And a great project and good inspiration.

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you Denise! I noticed yesterday when I linked up for this week, but left my thank you and sharing to do today ;) On my way to share, share, share now!

      Reply

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  39. Suzan

    I HAVE TO USE ALL CAPS – BECAUSE I’M SCREAMING!!!!!!!!!!
    This is absolutely fabulous – love it more than I can say – what talent !
    Saw it over at DIY Dreamer and had to come running by to see it !
    I SO WANT ONE ( sorry screaming again )
    XOXO

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO, SO much Suzan! You are incredibly sweet and totally making me blush! I’m thrilled that you love it as much as we do :D

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