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:
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!!!
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!!!
*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!