Looking to blow your guests' minds at the next dinner party? Sit them down at your very own DIY Glow Table which emits this cool blue glow in partial or total darkness.
I must admit. I'm not a big fan of the palette wood "revolution." It's a limiting product and it involves a lot of labor to get the result you want. However, I stumbled across this table that approached pallets in an amazing way and it totally got me buzzing for a nice pile of the stuff.
My grandparents used to have a mudroom at their farmhouse. It was where everything from the field was shed and washed, but it was also where the food was kept. Along one wall was a long zinc countertop dented and riddled with history, a piece of that old house that really made an impression on me.
This time of year, I try to do as much outside as possible. Everything from cooking to writing blog posts (like this very one...hooray for working from home) to paying bills is that much better from fresh air. Even with all the flies and spiders.
No more eating your dinner on the couch. Even if you can't afford, or have space for an heirloom quality dining table, you can outfit what ever space you've got with a proper eating space, DIY-style.
The DIY blogosphere is full of inexpensive table projects made from affordable dimensional lumber and galvanized plumbing fixtures....so, we consider that topic still clever, but substantially covered. Now? Now is the time to build on the basic technique, a put some actual design into it.
Last summer, I shared this cool photo from Sonoma winery Medlock Ames, which featured an old picnic table, into which a recess had been cut to accept a cooler to keep drinks cold. A great idea, but know what's even cooler?
Building the table from scratch without a bunch of fancy woodworking tools, and incorporating the built-in cooler from the beginning.
When designer Fiona Richards needed to expand her studio space to include a dedicated table to pack and ship her work, she and her husband Doug hit the hardware store to scope out parts. They decided to build one from plumbing parts and a solid wood top, and hopped online to find plans... and found nothing.
So, they did what most DIYers would do and designed their own, and are happily sharing their original plans with all of us for free.
A fantastic, easy project for summer: add a built-in cooler to a wooden picnic table to store drinks, keep condiments cool, and, generally, be an outdoor dining, grill-dominating mastermind.