Hi friends! Fall is finally here and that means time to update our decor, right? I LOVE fall decor. The warm colors, the leaves and pumpkins – ahhh, there’s nothing better. Ok, maybe the holidays…but fall is certainly a close second! And this year I had my mind set on adding some pumpkins, mums and other fall landmarks to our outdoor decor. But living in Phoenix, we have SMALL porches, so what to do?! I have never been able to find anything to fit our front porch, so this year I decided to go ahead and DIY something. Isn’t that a fun answer to a problem? I came up with this DIY Porch Table, and I just have to say that I am in LOVE with how it turned out! So I definitely want to share. And lucky us! We were able to find all the hardware we needed at our local True Value.
To be honest, I started out wanting a little bench for our front porch. I thought it would be so cute! But we have this LARGE ugly outlet right in the front so I decided to up the height of my little bench, which made it into a cute little DIY Porch Table!
What you’ll need:
- Power drill and screwdriver (with #3 screwdriver bit and 1/8 drill bit)
- 2×4’s – 4 @ 23″, 2 @ 14.25″, 2 @ 9″, 1 @ 18″ and 1 @ 16″
- 1×4’s – 4 @ 30″
- 4-Pack 3 x 5/8-Inch Zinc Mending Plates
- #10 2 1/2 inch Wood Screws
- 1/2 Pint of Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Finish
- Paint mitt or cheesecloth
And the steps:
- First you’re going to want to build the sides of your table by screwing a 9″ board in between two 23″ boards. Note: For each step where I joined boards, I first drilled a pilot hole with my 1/8 drill bit to make the process of joining the boards easier and more accurate.
- Center the 14.25″ boards on top of the sides and secured, forming two “A’s” that will be your sides.
- Join those two sides with mending plates, screwing the 16″ board in between the two 14.25″ boards.
- Screw the 18″ 2×4 in between the two 9″ boards for more support.
- Lastly, line up your four 30″ 1×4 boards on top of your table and screw into the 14.25″ “top” of the sides.
Once you’ve completed this step, you now have a completed table!
Super simple, right? As long as you have the right tools and hardware, it really is easy to put together. The next step is to add some stain. For this project we used Minwax Dark Walnut and applied with a painter’s mitt. Have you ever used those? They make easy work of staining, which I have a bad habit of getting all over the place!
Let that stain set in and your table is done! Now in bright, dry and sunny AZ it only takes about a day for that stain to be good and ready for a poly coat. I actualy chose not to seal the stain as I want the table to age a bit to give it a more rustic look, but if you want to add a sealant, you might need to wait another day or so if you’re in a humid area to ensure that the stain is dry. Once it is dry – you’re ready to put it to good use!
And use it we have! Throughout the holidays, I’m so excited to finally have a great piece to display seasonal decor! I really cannot believe I haven’t embarked on a project like this DIY Porch Table sooner. It really is a simple and straight forward project that any beginner DIY-er could take on! So are you ready to make your own? Remember you can get all the hardware you need for our DIY Porch Table project and MORE at your local True Value!
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.