Outdoor Dining Table in a Walnut Stain

Hello happy people!  Have you enjoyed your summer?  I know I have.  This is our first year to have a whole summer in our new house.  With an inground pool in our backyard it is pretty darn hard not to enjoy summer.  We also have a massive deck in the backyard. I know, I know, we have the perfect party yard.  Ours has like 4 different spaces.  In one of the spaces there was this little bench area that was begging for an outdoor table.  So I decided to build one that would be a perfect fit for this space.

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I used my girls’ Shanty 2 Chic plans for their outdoor table and their outdoor bench.  I altered it a bit.  I had to make it narrower because of the space I had. This table is only 5’ wide rather than 6’ 3” like the original plan is.

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So my tabletop boards are 56 7/8” wide.  Then my edge boards are 33” and 60”.  I didn’t miter the edges either.  I just butt them up to each other to build the frame and screwed them into each other from the outside.

I also didn’t leave spaces between the boards on the tabletop.  So my tabletop is 60” wide by 36” deep.

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Lasty, I opted to not create the x in the middle of the table or the bench.  I felt like with me making it smaller the X would be too busy.  It was a fairly easy build and cost me about $70 with the bench.

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I finished it with Thompson’s WaterSeal Penetrating Timber Oil in Walnut. I loved this product and the color!

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I liked the fact that it was a one coat process that penetrated the wood rather than just sat on top of the wood like a lot of outdoor products do. Look at how it protects the wood from the elements.  The water just beads up – a sign that your wood is protected!

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Anywho… I decided to spray it on with my Home Right Finish Max to make it go on fast.

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However, I did back brush it to make sure I got an even coat and cleaned up drips.  Of course spraying it isn’t necessary. I was really impressed how the brush marks disappear and leave a great perfect finish.  And I absolutely love the Walnut color.  Yum!

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After about 15 minutes of allowing the product to penetrate I came back with an old t-shirt and wiped it dry.  You don’t want to let the product sit too long or it will be tacky and take forever to dry.

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After about 6 hours I moved it back into place and swooned.

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While I don’t love the light browny orange stain on my deck (that is gonna be a big expensive project!) I love the contrast between the two woods.  And clearly the table makes the deck look out of place.  It is so beautiful!

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As you can see to the left we have a grill and a little outdoor area for food prep.  So having a table right there is perfect for al fresco dining.  You can just grill and then serve.

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I can’t wait to have our first family dinner out here this weekend!

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This post was sponsored by Thompson’s WaterSeal.  All opinions, hard work and sweat to build the table belong to me.

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