One of Angela and I’s favorite part about our house is our backyard, patio, and our DIY Outdoor Dining Table. A pergola or outdoor space was crucial for me when we were looking at houses.
I have always been an outdoorsy person. Whether it was skipping dinner to play outside with my friends as a kid or playing golf as much as I can now, I can’t get enough of the outdoors. So when we bought our house in the winter, I began planning what our Spring and Summer projects would be. First up, our outdoor table.
I had looked at different tables to buy or build all over Pinterest and fell in love with this one from Restoration Hardware, but I couldn’t imagine paying over $3000 for a table that would get rained on and beat up by the weather.
DIY Outdoor Dining Table
I kept looking when I stumbled upon this link on Pinterest and immediately started planning the project. It is such a great and in-depth guide giving you the lengths and sizes of lumber you’ll need as well as exact measurements and angles. Our space is a little too small for a 10-foot table so instead, I shortened the design to 8 feet and added the breadboard ends to match the original table. We spaced the top planks 1/4″ as directed because it is an outdoor table and will allow for rain to fall through.
Angela wanted a matching bench for guests and luckily there was a guide on how to build that as well.
All-in-all the table and bench took my dad and I roughly 7-8 hours to build. I built both the table and bench out of cedar (it was on sale at Lowes for 30% off at the time of purchase) because I wanted to last in the elements and it cost us a little over $500 (less than 1/6 the cost of the RH table!), but you could easily build it out of less expensive lumber depending on your desired purpose.