Ana White Picnic Table {Building}

Monday / 20 comments
It's finally warming up and feeling like spring here in Washington. It hasn't rained in days and the sun has been shining. I've been working on a bunch of fun outdoor yard projects and I'm so excited to show you my awesome new table!

The plans are Ana White Providence table plans. I can't even began to tell you how much I love Ana White's plans. While we lived in Japan we had a house furnished by my husband's job so when we moved back to America the only furniture we owned was old stuff from when we were in college. The past two years I've been able to furnish my whole house with Ana furniture and stuff from thrift stores.  If you want to learn to build your furniture just start with easy plans like the $10 ledges or a little kids table.

I'm not going to post a whole step by step since Ana already did that with the plans. I am going to give you my tips! I cut all the wood, sanded it and then painted it before building. I used a 4 inch foam roller for all of it. So much easier to paint flat lumber than try to get in all the nooks and crannies with a brush. I did 2 coats and then a touch up coat when it was all built.

I assembled the tabletop and both bench seats using wood glue and my kreg jig.  The kreg jig® makes it so easy to  build a tabletop.

Bench in progress.  All assembled with the kreg jig® but you could do wood glue and just regular screws too.  I found the actual building of the benches  and table to go pretty quickly.  The painting and cutting seemed to take the longest!

I would guess it would take two Saturdays to build the picnic table and both benches.  One Saturday for cutting the lumber, sanding and painting and the next for building.

I used the pocket hole plugs to cover the visible kreg jig holes.  I just wood glue them in and then sand.  If you want them totally invisible you can put a little wood fill in there too.

Totally love.  The table is super sturdy and I love the angles of it underneath.  It's also nice and big.  The benches can seat three and you could put two chairs on the ends and be able to seat eight.

We will see how the white holds up to my 3 crazy sons.  The table is under our covered wood deck so it's already a LOT of wood and I wanted a contrast.

Pretty amazing for $100!  The lumber was $70 and a I bought a gallon of Ace Hardware outdoor trim and house paint for $30. The paint color is called "Heavenly Sand" and is a nice creamy white.


  1. I came over here to comment because I always have trouble commenting on Ana's site. OMG!! This is gorgeous. I love the shape and the colour you painted it. One day when we have a more permanent home I WILL be making this. I even like it for a dining table. Just beautiful!

  2. Brook another beautiful build. Working with Ana is truly a dream - she's my celebrity and every time I get an email from her my mouth drops open, I know you must feel the same. That table is just divine (and you know I love the quilt as well!). Makes me think I just might need to address our outdoor dining furniture.

  3. Oh my gosh! I can't believe you built that!! It's beautiful! You must be so proud of yourself! Great job Brooke!

  4. That is beautiful. I would love to know how the color holds up with your kids too. I have 2 of my own and a picnic table that is in serious need of a coat of paint (or 7). I wanted to paint it a light bluish grey but am not sure if that would be wise...

  5. Another creative project. Perfect our upcoming family gathering. You just gave me an awesome idea. I think I'll need to change our escapade to beach plan and just have a picnic right in out backyard. thanks!

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  7. YOU rock!!! This is absolutely beautiful! Aah, I so can't wait to build like you!

  8. Hey Brook,
    Joe loves the table and says he is envious of your wordworking skills....LOL


  9. What an amazing table! LOVE this

  10. Wow! Turned out fabulous!!! Looks super sturdy too.

  11. OH my gosh! I want a picnic table like this!! Just lovely..

    Stopped by from TT&J. I would love for you to come by my party and link this up or any other lovely project of yours!

    Angie from Little Inspiration

  12. I love your table - it is so pretty!
    I would love if you came by my party happening now to link it up!
    Stacey Of Embracing Change

  13. Brook, I absolutely love this. I have been wanting to get a bench to go with my kitchen table b/c the kids WILL NOT STOP rocking in their chairs and falling over (grrrr!), and this bench is exactly what I've been looking for. Thanks for sharing this project. It's now on my to-do list when I get a free second.

    LOVE your blog. It is rapidly becoming one of my very favorites.


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  14. Wow, that's amazing! What a wonderful table. You did a great job!

  15. Amazing table! Well done and enjoy this summer!

  16. This turned out beautiful! I am a new reader and I can't wait to go thru and see some of the other awesome stuff you have done on a budget. We have a family of six so I am always on the lookout for pretty ideas that don't bust my already stretched budget :) Thank you!

  17. That is awesome! Makes me want to dust off the bbq and have friends over. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  18. What a great job! This looks great. I also LOVE the quilt in that photo? Did you also make it?

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