Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Long Table For Outdoors

Posted on | May 27, 2010 | 13 Comments

I’ve decided on pea gravel as a temporary fix for our patio/driveway. I still need to call around for estimates to find how expensive my ‘temporary fix’ really is. Stay tuned…

I’ve started to think about outdoor furniture. I definitely want a long table not round. I have a ridiculous amount of festive rectangular tablecloths I’ve been dying to use—Yup, that’s me at the John Robshaw sample sales buying every pattern! I tell myself I will give them as gifts. Sorry guys, I’m hoarding them. They like living with me…

Some inspiration above and below. Love the top table discovered via {frolic!}. I’m thinking I want a white table with two benches and two cafe chairs. I saw a cute set on Pottery Barn but now it’s suddenly unavailable? Another cool and kinda affordable set over at West Elm caught my eye too. I wish I could make the table but we don’t have a table saw and it might take me all summer to finish. I’ll keep searching.

outdoor furniture
Love the white, long benches, and cafe chairs.

Long table in a pea gravel setting via Martha Stewart.

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I need a long table to display all my tablecloths via the haystack needle.

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13 Responses to “Long Table For Outdoors”

  1. Lindsey
    May 27th, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    Have any reclaimed wood from the house?


  2. Kate F.
    May 27th, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    You can get Home Depot to do the cuts for you, or rent a table saw there–rent it for the weekend and build the table on the cheap!


  3. Rebekah
    May 27th, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Too funny, we’re completely on the same wavelength these days. My husband Nick told me he commented on your driveway post and now you’re talking tables. Check out our patio now that it’s re-graveled http://su.pr/8OpEBc and for a pic of our outdoor table http://su.pr/27jQxm. And by the way, that iron base/marble topped table post is sooo topical too. We’re about to go look at the one from Restoration Hardware with the wood top – super affordable option. Love your blog!


  4. Rebekah
    May 27th, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    We actually built our out of barn wood off parts that fell off our old barn. The base was from an old work table and we added the top. Here’s a better pic. http://tweetphoto.com/24195960


  5. Jane Flanagan
    May 27th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    Sounds so lovely!! I adore all these images.


  6. Tess
    May 27th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    I was just telling Sam last night how my family used to eat dinner outside in the backyard during the summer. I wish we had a yard to do so! We have the same predicament of living in a saltbox house, right on the street, with neighbors to our left and right.


  7. nole
    May 27th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    I love long outdoor tables! We’re lucky to have a couple of parks nearby with long-ish picnic tables, particularly since we don’t have a backyard or room for a long table in our front yard (which could be a bit weird anyway). But some day!


  8. Zoe, Conversation Pieces
    May 28th, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    Love that last pic especially – so summery!


  9. Virginia
    May 28th, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Check out this blog http://www.knock-offwood.com/ She has easy plans for furniture like West Elm and Pottery barn. A circular saw is all you need. Much less expensive and the plans are free.


  10. Rachelle
    May 28th, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    You should try Ikea,they have some really nice patio furniture. I got a long table there last year and the sides fold down so I can make it smaller or bigger depending on the amount of people.


  11. G
    May 28th, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    sorry – no pea gravel, no way. it goes everywhere – i’ll pay to have a single granite slab sliced from the brow of the old-man-in-the-mountain (RIP) before “pea gravel” goes down there. sorry.


  12. Trish
    May 31st, 2010 @ 9:07 am


    I can’t wait to see your outdoor space finished. I’m thinking that for an outdoor table you might want to just get one of those long fold-up kinds they have in church basements. Cuz honey if you’ve got John Robshaw tablecloths, those are the whole point, not the table, right? I’m loving your garden and getting really inspired by all the things you write about. Thanks for such a wonderful blog!


  13. Peaches
    June 1st, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    Hip-hip hooray for us festive rectangular tablecloths lovers! I’m sure you have seen the old ‘cheap door on 2 saw horses’ party table thing before…but I have to tell you, I love mine! All we did was add 2 yards of strawberry oil cloth and it has held up to the chicago wind/rain/sun just fine for 2 years now. I take it inside in the winter, but it has served well. The oil cloth is long/wide enough to cover the cheapy legs and allows us to use the space for art projects and dirty garden work (2 bulldog clips keep it in place). Nicer tablecloths come out when company is over, and since it seats 10-12 comfortably, company is over A LOT. Not bad for $30 in materials :)


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