Cedar Provence Table Knockoff for $230
You can tell someone is big on entertaining when they ask you to build a 10 foot dining table. That's what my mom requested me to build her over Easter weekend. They had a couple of mis-matched outdoor dining sets that were falling apart. Sad, right? You spend $500 or more on glass and metal for it to fall apart after a few years. I found plans via the Design Confidential and made a few edits. (http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/2011/04/free-diy-furniture-plans-to-build-a-restoration-hardware-inspired-provence-beam-dining-with-4x4s) Mainly I used 4x4's for the legs so it looks more like the RH original. We chose cedar for it's lasting outdoor and bug resistant properties. My mom is thrilled with her new table and gets compliments on it all the time! Materials were only $230, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the 4K plus she would have spent in stores. More details on the build are on my blog.