Sunday, June 9, 2013

DIY Wedding Picnic Tables

For dinner seating at the wedding we decided to make three 8' picnic tables. We've wanted picnic tables for various spots in the yard anyway, so we decided to kill two birds with one stone and make a set to use for both the wedding and house. We found a free DIY picnic table plan online (scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to download the full instructions) and modified it for an 8' instead of 6' table, then hit up Home Depot for the materials. 

We chose pressure treated wood and painted it with an off white porch and deck stain. Nice cedar wood allowed to age and patina naturally would have been preferable, but we're on a tight time frame and a budget, so pressure treated wood with a coat of outdoor stain worked for our situation. We made the wood cuts this weekend, and put the first table together today. The large parts for the second table are assembled and painted, but we need to pick up more screws before we can finish it. The third table will require another trip to Home Depot for more materials.

A fuzzy iPhone shot of the table being built:

And being painted against the outside of the barn:

And looking pretty nice on our deck:

One down, two to go!


  1. It looks just perfect there and the view is just beautiful!

  2. I've been following you blog for some time but never commented before...but that table is fantastic! Can I ask how long each took to make?

  3. Hi Kate, thanks for reading & commenting! It took about 2 hours to cut and assemble all the pieces for one table. We used a skill saw to make the cuts. It took about an hour for two of us to paint each table, not counting the wait time between coats (we applied 3 coats). Hope that helps!

  4. Claire, so great to see the beautiful picnic tables! I hope your wedding plans are coming together. Best!

  5. This picnic table is looking very beautiful. I really appreciate your presentation because picnic table used to be made only of hard wood which could withstand the elements of nature. You’re all even concrete picnic tables if you want one to stay in a specific place. Best Picnic Tables

  6. Wow!! This wedding picnic table is just perfect. Loved this simple centerpiece. Planning to have this style table for my niece’s picnic after their wedding at one of Los Angeles wedding venues. Surely couple will love it.