A few weeks ago, I shared with you that we replaced our furniture with new and I must say much more comfortable furniture on our patio. If you missed that post and want to go back to see, click here.
I am happy to also share with you that our other furniture was sold within a week a posting it on Craigslist! I do not like holding onto things if they do not have their “place” here at Fishtail Cottage. Once all ten pieces were moved out to their new homes, I was able to seriously start looking for a new outdoor eating set. My inspiration came from Courtney’s out door area over at French Country Cottage. She has the most amazing style and I’m a crazy stalker to see what she does next out there on her patio dining area. She is always full of inspiration.
While browsing “farmhouse tables” on Craigslist, I came across an advertisement for outdoor tables made out of salvaged wood. My husband and I were in awe of the photo’s of the 14 foot tables that the advertisement was offering, but after measuring our space we had to work with, we quickly realized those fabulous tables would not fit. I messaged anyways, stating that I was very interested in having him custom make us a table and benches with new cedar…we began corresponding back and forth and before I knew it ~ he offered to dismantle the 14 foot table that was available and customize it to 9 feet and create benches for me with the left over wood. We finally sealed the deal last Friday and yesterday he sent a note that the table was ready to be delivered. We were excited for the pieces to arrive to see if they truly were what we had imagined them to be ~ honestly, it exceeded any expectation that we had.
After unloading and placing the furniture it its new place on the flagstone patio ~ it was explained that the parents of this college student were replacing their old decking and he thought he would give his try at make something out of the pieces they were planning to throw away! The craftsmanship and details of this table and benches are pretty amazing for “giving it a try”…My husband is excited to put the 4 inch deep and 8 foot long trough in the center to use by filling it with ice to keep beers and soda’s cold. Another option is filling the trough with flowers and plants for a formal event. We also purchased a separate slat of the same wood to replace the trough should we decide to do so.
The patina on the wood is a perfect combination to sit between our patio fireplace and the area walking up to the chicken coop.
For another entertaining option, I would love to have Shellagh over at Ticking and Toile to work her magic by creating a table cloth and bench covers…?
I’m sure I will be sharing a lot more photo’s of this space in the years to come ~ I am in love with this patio space now and look forward to having many guests sit and enjoy meals with us! To see where else I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie