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For us, it feels like Home Depot. The day started out with a 2 hour trip to the depot, followed by two additional trips. We changed the original table design and I didn’t account for the extra boards and then I miscounted on the second trip. Luckily we live less than 2 miles from it.

Lots of lumber

I guess Major thought we needed a little more wood and wanted to help out. Matt was reading up on the plan last night and noticed a comment about Kreg Jigs. Neither of us had ever heard of a Kreg Jig so we found a video on YouTube. Matt decided we had to have one to do the project right and now at the end of the day I have to admit he was 100% right. It is basically a guide for a drill bit so that the screws go into the wood at an angle, ensuring a strong hold.

Kreg Jig

Pocket holes from Kreg Jig

We drilled pocket holes to secure the 4×4 legs and on the underside of the table to hold the top boards. The finished look from the top is beautiful! All in all, it took about 4 hours to build.

On the third trip to Home Depot I bought paint for the table and chairs. I spent a 1/2 hour trying to decide on a color. I thought a nice bold color would look great on the deck, but ultimately I decided on a very light gray. I also had the great idea of buying a drop cloth so that I could paint the table inside while Matt relaxed. Great idea in theory. Bad idea in reality. The table won’t fit through the doors. We could have removed the legs, but I didn’t have the heart to since we had just finished building it. So, I turned on the flood lights and put the first coat on it outside in the dark.

Working on the first coat

Second and third coats will go on tomorrow and hopefully the chairs will go smoothly as well. I can’t wait to upload finished pictures!


I have big plans for the weekend, with a to-do list much longer than Matt would like. We have been in need of a new outdoor table since moving in. We currently have an old picnic table that was under a large tree in the backyard (and by the looks of it, it was under those trees for a few years). I found a great set of plans for a table and chairs on Knock Off Wood. Ana is amazing! She takes pictures of furniture, figures out how to make it, and then posts detailed plans online. With one minor adjustment, here are the table and chairs we will be constructing.

West Elm Table

I think it looks great, but it would look sturdier with 4×4 for the table legs instead of the 2×4. As if that wasn’t enough to keep us busy most of the weekend, I’m also planning on throwing in the construction of hanging wall shelves. I’ve been going back and forth about what type of wall shelves would look right in our bedroom. Floating? Corbels? Then I saw a picture and knew that I had found the right shelves for our beachy bedroom.

Hanging wall shelf

Picture is courtesy of My Home Ideas. I haven’t decided what color the actual shelves should be, but of course I am leaning towards white. I really do need to get over my obsession with white furniture. I’ll post on Monday and let everyone know how things turned out.

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