Picnic Table with Industrial Farmhouse Flair
I am a woman obsessed with industrial farmhouse style. A few years ago my husband and I built a picnic table. It was a lovely farmhouse table style that had been build off a design my father had used to build his picnic table 30 years ago. This picnic table sat in my backyard for a few years, unloved, as I was unsure what color to paint it and what to finally do with it. I had initially started to paint it dark grey, but I ended up changing my mind. A woman is allowed to do that, you know. Here is my awful before picture. I hate to admit that it sat like this for sometime, upside down in my backyard.
You know when you’re just not sure about what you want to do with something, you kind of avoid it for a while? No? Well I do. That was my picnic table and my patio as a while. I had a really hard time deciding what color it should be. That would set the tone and theme for the rest of the porch in my opinion. I finally decided to paint it white. Like we are all surprised about that.
I then started brainstorming. It needed a little something else. I had an idea. Off to my neighborhood hardware store. These are what I found. If you’re thinking “what in the world?” Well, so was the cashier. Why did a woman need a box of 25 bolts. Well, I have my reasons. The box was 22 dollars. Not bad for a cool accent to my table. I think they add just the right amount of industrial farmhouse style to the table.
Here is a list of tools and supplies that I used on this project:
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Carriage Bolts, 5/16-18 x 3/4-Inch
Universal All Surface Spray Paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic
DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit
Rotary Masonry Drill Bit, 3/4-Inch by 6-Inch
I brought them home and spray painted them with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint that I had.
I then decided where I wanted the bolts to be installed. I measured 10 inches in from the ends of the table.
I measured the middle of each plank on the table at that 10 inch mark and then placed another mark.
I drilled right on those marks that intersected where the center of each plant met the 10 inch measurement. Once they were all drilled I was able to dry fit the bolts into the holes. The holes were exaclty the right size for the bolts and with a tap of a hammer they were fit tightly into the holes.
I then repeated the steps on the opposite side of the table.
The picnic table was the perfect jumping off point for the rest of my patio decor. Adding the small detail of the industrial style nail heat trim really makes the the table feel unique and gives it a touch of industrial style along with the ever loved farmhouse style.