Ahhh….the patio. It is quickly becoming my favorite space in our house….err….outside our house?…whatever it is, I love the patio. like it’s the glitter in my tiara. the wings on my butterfly. the sizzle in my bacon-frying pan. the extra tight boxer briefs on my boyfriend. But it wasn’t always like that.
It actually began really barren.
Here it is before we scored our Target patio furniture. Emptier than a blood bank in Transylvania.
The benches we used during Nornie’s bridal shower were great for large seating….but not really comfortable enough for lounging a pregnant girl’s growing
But that’s it. Benches & potted plants. How drab.
So we decided that in order to really utilize this awesome amount of shaded space in our very sunny property…we would need some zones.
First zone – conversation.
Second zone – large eating/gathering area.
The seating zone was fairly easy (ignore the chaise lounges – they go up on the deck)….just buy (guffaw – this was the hardest part!) and go.
So we really wanted to tackle the eating/gathering zone.
Most of you know by now that once a month, we get a little fire lit under our tush to tackle a space. The fire-starters are the fine folks behind Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. They bring the fire, kindling and issue a challenge. For June & July, that challenge was to tackle an outdoor space. So we decided that building one big-bootie table would be a way to kill three birds with one big board.
Jer set up outside. It’s easier cleanup that way. I was in charge of measurements. We actually used an Ana-White plan for a farmhouse style table that we made extra extra long.
It did require some measuring…and calculating…and recalculating (because I ain’t so hot at math).
Will had a grand time balancing the calculator. He’s like a master balancer. I need to start him on oreos so that he can win college scholarship money…of course, that is difficult…because duh….they are edible oreos!
He also proved fairly adept at the javelin…aka…the 1×1 throw. 2040 Olympics maybe?
Once Jer got all the numbers marked, he started cutting…
I was in charge of covering a pair of eyes. I guess he didn’t like seeing wood cut up? Too violent?
After we sanded the boards, we set on the task of staining. We used MinWax’s Dark Walnut…it’s my favorite.
Then after lots of drying time, we decided to assemble.
Will wanted to help too by hammering in a screw…
followed with a little mowing of the concrete.
Once we had the main frame up, it was really beginning to look like a table.
I got a little excited. I know I post about our material lives here a lot…but the real fact is, I can’t wait to gather around a giant table with my big (literally & numerically) family and with friends each week (at our stay-at-home mom’s playgroup). A table is only as good as the people that gather around it. Right?! And that is what this table is to me…just a thing…a thing to serve what matters most.
Okay – so we got to this point – the supports are in, the legs complete, the stretcher and everything in place…ready for the top planks. And that is where we had to stop. We ran into a small error with the breadboards (the pieces that go on the very ends)…so we had a good stopping point….and a future task of ripping some boards and a little restaining.
In the end, it’s gonna be fairly awesome. like fourteen people awesome. that’s a lot of space for living, gathering, eating and general Bowery.
Next – finishing this bad boy up, varnishing, and revealing it. I also need to come up with a plan for the rest of the patio…I’m digging red