Quick Garden Dining Table

3 Materials
2 Hours

This modern, low-maintenance outside table is made from a repurposed kitchen countertop. It is super easy to put together, provided that you have some brawn.

This is actually an old project that you may have missed because it was posted together with some other projects as a set. Since people are looking for garden ideas I thought I would post it as a standalone. Who knows, it may give you some fresh inspiration.

I (still) have a couple of very large concrete planters in my garden. I used one for my BBQ Storage Bin project.https://www.hometalk.com/44268116/outdoor-bbq-storage-bin

For this table I emptied out 2 and painted them with white PVA house paint. A tip on finding cheap planters: many corporates rent their plants from plant rental and maintenance companies. The plants are replaced every so often and the pots and planters are then sold to the public for next to nothing. Phone the rental companies in your area and find out what they do with their old pots.

We also had a spare slab of granite that was intended for the laundry but never used. If you are looking for something similiar I suggest you try a reclamation yard. Many people throw out their granite counter tops for something newer. You could also use an old door, construction planks or pallet wood. Whatever you use, make sure that it is strong enough or reinforced and doesn't buckle. The nice thing about this granite is that it is low maintenance.

The rest is self-explanatory. Position the pots some distance apart and place the granite on top. This required at least 4 men in our case because the granite is super heavy.

The table has been standing in the garden for about a year now and other than mud splashes and leaves that can just be dusted down when dry, looks as good as new.

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  • Sharleen Sharleen on Jul 14, 2020

    How did you remove the thick plain stone at the bottom of the granite to get the thin smooth tabletop

  • Ellis Ellis on Jul 17, 2020

    Did you fill the pots with anything, perhaps gravel or cement, so they would not be tippable with that heavy granite on top of them? Ot are the cement planters heavy enough on their own?

  • Judy Cady Judy Cady on Jul 21, 2020

    What climate do you live in? North? South? Cold? Warm? Wondering how this would hold up in New England winters.


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  • Melody Melody on Jul 14, 2021

    Wow! I really love this look! Thanks for sharing! ❤️

    • Thea Thea on Jul 15, 2021

      Thanks, its also the project thats saved me the most money thus far.

  • Linda Linda on Jul 15, 2021

    WONDERFUL project! I did the same thing using barnboard for the top.

    we live in Montana, so I just take the top off for the winter and store it in the barn! I used 4 planks of 8’ barnboard fasten together underneath.

    • Linda Linda on Jul 16, 2021

      Me? No, no! I got the barnboard and got someone to put it together for me

      • you can see it in the background. I put it on 2 wrought iron bistro tables for the base