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Backyard Chill: DIY Country Chic Picnic Table

country chic picnic table DIY

In the search for additional seating for our backyard lanai I came across a lot of options. Most of them were more than I was willing to pay. So I started to think of a budget-friendly DIY and came up with a simple solution. Not revolutionary, but a fix that for the time-being would suit our needs without breaking the bank.

Enter the classic picnic table.

picnic table

We found an unfinished, already assembled picnic table at Lowes for under $100. Instant seating for 6-8 people! (with chairs on the end) Now we could have left it unfinished, but I wanted to give it a bit of a makeover. A lot of our home decor falls into a sort of beach/farmhouse/country sort of mix, so I thought a simple stain on the tabletop and seats and a crisp white paint on the legs and joints would help dress up this classic.

This is all you really need, in addition to a few brushes and some sandpaper to help prep the surface.

picnic table paint and stain

I wiped down the table, sanded the surface a bit and then started with staining the table top and bench seats. Stain first to avoid messing up the white painted surfaces. Wait a few hours for the stain to dry and then get to painting the rest of the table white. Here is a before and after photo.

Picnic table DIY before and after

So for about $125, you have some cute seating for your lanai or patio. For us its great for the kiddos, whether eating or playing they have the space. If you’re like me and aren’t looking to drop hundreds and hundreds of dollars on additional outdoor seating, this is a great option that still has some style.

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  • Christine
    August 7, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    I LOVE the look of this! We have a nice outdoor area and we need to get something like this sorted for it. 🙂

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      August 7, 2017 at 8:32 PM

      Thanks! Its such a simple project too, good luck with it!

  • Allyson
    June 9, 2017 at 3:31 AM

    I’m so obsessed with this, I love the color of the wood, it is so different and paired with the white makes the brown look even deeper! This is sooo cute!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      June 9, 2017 at 5:09 AM

      Thanks Allyson! It was super easy and low cost to create! Instant seating for 6-8 people!

  • Chelsea
    May 31, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    I’m obsessed with how good this looks! For some reason I’ve never thought to paint and stain one of these…so smart!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      May 31, 2017 at 8:35 PM

      Thanks so much! It was super easy (and super cheap) 🙂

  • Jen
    May 30, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    This came out so great. I’ve been seeing these unfinished benches for really good prices, now I have some inspiration. I’m pinning this so I can come back!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      May 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM

      Thanks so much! Let me know how your project turns out!

  • Jasmine Eclipse
    May 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    I love this DIY project so much, it’s absolutely perfect! I want a big project to do this summer to keep my mind busy!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      May 30, 2017 at 7:28 PM

      Awesome! Be sure to share photos when you’re done!

  • Lona Benitez
    May 30, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I was just telling my husband that I thought a picnic table in the backyard would be a good idea. I’ve bookmarked this post to show him your beautiful finish job!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      May 30, 2017 at 7:28 PM

      Thanks so much! It really offers so much seating for such a small price (and a little effort, lol)

  • Giustina
    May 30, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Your table looks gorgeous! I love the colors you chose! <3

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      May 30, 2017 at 7:27 PM

      Thank you! A relatively simple fix with a lot of payoff aesthetically!

  • Rachel
    May 30, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Ahh! I love it! It looks fantastic!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      May 30, 2017 at 7:27 PM

      Mahalo Rachel!!

  • Sumer
    May 30, 2017 at 6:09 AM

    Oh, I love this! So, so cute!! What a transformation!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      May 30, 2017 at 7:26 PM

      Thanks so much Sumer!

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  • Cassandra Jane
    November 14, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    I love home DIYs! The colors you chose are absolutely perfect.

    Aloha from Oahu as well!

    • julie@alohalovely.com
      November 15, 2016 at 6:24 AM

      Aloha! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • the adventurer
    November 14, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    Wow what a difference! I love how simple this diy is, thanks for sharing! =o)


    • julie@alohalovely.com
      November 15, 2016 at 6:25 AM

      Yup, love simple! Thanks!!