Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Farm Table(s)


Last fall Hubs and I were at our local GW and in the bargain room was a square outdoor table with tile overlay that could seat eight. It was new but wobbly with a very reasonable price. Wondering where I would use another table outdoors, I left it there...YES - I LEFT IT THERE! Several days later, I knew exactly where it could be used - in the pergola! When we serve a meal there, we always drag our big, heavy, round table in and out and this was the PERFECT place for it. But...you guessed it - making a special trip several days later, it was gone. I mourned thought of that table all. winter. long! Then my mind began spinning.

I saw pictures of farm tables in blog land constantly and loved the simplicity of them and how easy it would be to make one. Suddenly, it all clicked! Hubs has woodworking tools and is skilled in making things as long as I don't overwhelm him with descriptive words but show him pictures of the finished project and we were good to go! He made me, not one but two tables - both 3x6 ft. I can use them as a square that seats eight or butt them end to end that serves twelve - more if there's kids.
Glory!

Last evening we put them to good use for the first time, celebrating son L's birthday. It worked beautifully! We each grabbed a dinning room chair, which, by the way, will be my next 'something-to-look-for' yard sale - outdoor chairs!
- the birthday man -
When we celebrate birthdays, the birthday guy/gal gets this 'YOU ARE SPECIAL' plate, a thrift shop find. I used drop cloth from HD for the tablecloth...what would we do without that wonderful, cheap fabric?! It's perfect for my 6ft. square farm table!

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The crepe mrytle is beginning to bloom - LOVE that bush!

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Then there's this project that will be finished next week (I hope!).

Ah, summer, how I love thee!

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22 comments:

deborah said...

farm tables are an obsession of mine! Your crepe myrtle is stunning!

The Well-Seasoned Nest said...

I'd like to borrow your husband, please! I've been searching for a farm table for our new "bog cabin" for a few months and they either lack the right personality or are so prohibitively expensive. I love the boxy simplicity of yours! And, two. Wow!

I'm a new follower - do come visit my garden when time allows!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh how fabulous, indeed!!!!
Xo
Cindy

Kathy said...

Nice table, love it. And Happy Birthday to the hub's...

Prior said...

So perfect, and what a stunning setting! Lezlee

Kerrie Lightfoot said...

Wow. So glad I found this blog! Love the table!! Looking forward to more.

Patty said...

What a perfect table and your gardens look beautiful. Just found your from Fishtail and will be your newest follower.

Beth said...

Perfect tables and a lovely area to sit in too!

Deborah said...

Beautiful job your husband did!
Wow!

Deborah :)

joyfilled said...

Ooooh dear, once again hubby is going to shoot me for finding ANOTHER project I just MUST have him complete. ;) LOVE the tables, they are absolutely gorgeous!

Heaven's Walk said...

I do think that your hubby's a keeper, Esther! :) Those tables are amazing! And that gazebo....amazing!!!! Great job! :)

xoxo laurie

Deanne said...

Great job, I like how you can use them two ways!

my hubby made a very similar table for our dining room from recycled pallets
http://fivebrothersonesister.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-dining-table.html

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh I just love farm tables and your gardens are just gorgeous!
Cindy

Darla said...

Happy Birthday L. Your tables are perfect and love the shade of pink on your tree.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for linking your garden post to Cottage Flora Thursday's - love your tables - so lucky to have the space for them. xoox,tracie

Cindy said...

Hi Esther,
Your table is fabulous and the HD tablecloth is perfect!
How nice that your husband was able to make it for you, and you know it's sturdy and will still be around when your grand children have children.
Your crepe myrtle is beautiful!
I dearly love Summer, too.
Hugs, Cindy

Shirley said...

Love the gazebo in the background! You have a nice area for entertainment!


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Tootsie said...

this is great! Love that table!
so..thanks for linking in this week. it is nice to finally get around to say hi and thanks to all the gardeners who patiently grow their flowers and who flaunt with me each week!

Jane said...

Love the tables! What a wonderful idea to make 2 of them...so versatile. Hmmm...wonder if my hubs will do this for me.
Your outdoor area is beautiful!
Jane (artfully graced)

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Love those tables! Funny were on the same wavelength, ive been asking hubby to build me one of these to go with some caneback chairs that i found on craigslist..........i know how u feel letting something slip thru ur fingers at the GW, been there, done that! But doesnt it always work out for the best, LOL........Bonnie

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Wonderful farm tables, can't wait to see the next post:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those tables are awesome! i wish i could build like that!

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