Outdoor Rustic Shelf

I have been collecting tea pots and small terra cotta pots from thrift stores over the last few weeks, with the idea to eventually plant them with succulents and display them on an outdoor shelf. When I saw Shanty 2 Chic’s outdoor shelf, I knew I could build my own version from scrap wood! At the end of the day, I think this project cost me about $1 (minus the masonry bit I bought to hang it on my exterior stucco wall).

You can head over to Shanty 2 Chic for a complete tutorial. I pretty much followed their project exactly as instructed, but instead of 2×6’s I used 1×6’s, since that is what I had available.

Just a few cuts and I was joining boards with the Kreg Jig.

Kreg Jig

Shelves  After facing the shelves using wood glue and a finishing nailer, I filled the holes with wood filler and added one layer of flat black spray paint. If you don’t have this tool, you have to get yourself one. No compressor needed, it runs off the universal battery pack that other Ryobi tools do. I love it!!

Spray Paint

I distressed the edges slightly and added a Jute rope for hanging.

I bought a masonry bit at the local hardware store and hung the shelf from a ceiling hook.


And here is the finished shelf. I love the succulents, such a great low maintenance way to add some life to a boring wall.

Straight shot shelf

My view in the evening :-)

Shelf at night

I used left over spray paint on some of the pots above. If you haven’t seen my previous spay paint posts, click here, here and here.

It took me roughly one “naptime” to complete this project.

What do you think of the black??

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Hello and Welcome to Dakota Creek Chic!

I am so excited to be writing my first blog entry for Dakota Creek Chic. I am even more excited to share with you my version of Ana White’s Farmhouse Table.  

Seriously, If I can build this table….ANYONE can!

Ana has great video tutorials on her site that explain how to use power tools, which tools are best to use and I am so happy that I took the leap of faith and dove into this project, because the end result is better than I could have ever imagined.


I have to tell you that I had used a circular saw, one time, many years ago…and I was super nervous about the saw part of this project. In fact I told my hubby right before making my first cut–

“If I don’t come back in the house within 5 minutes,  

PLEASE come check on me…I may have lost a limb!”

I am such a rookie that I didn’t even look at the boards at the big box store…I just took the top boards off the piles and bolted out as fast as I could. I laugh now, but I was so worried someone would look at me and think…


The truth hurts!!

But, I can say after a project like this…I gained experience and I am coming back for more!!

It all started here…..

Restoration Hardware Farmhouse Table

   This farmhouse table design is inspired by the Restoration Hardware version

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t drooled over this table…I also don’t know anyone that has forked out

Three Thousand Dollars!$!$!

Now for less than $150 and about 20 hours of my time…I get to enjoy dinner here tonight–


Here are a few of my “Rookie Road Blocks,” avoid these and the project is even simpler!

For starters:  What saw should I buy?????

You could realistically build this entire table with only a $40 circular saw, but I opted for a small hobby table saw. I chose this saw because it seemed the most versatile by allowing me to perform rip, cross and miter cuts (future projects in mind already and I have not even started).

Next: To fill or not to fill???????

When you buy “green” lumber, you need to consider that the wood will change shape and size as it dries out. I bought douglas fir framing lumber and my total bill for wood, glue and screws was $108. The boards actually felt wet when I bought them…and I already told you how much time I took selecting each individual board–None!

So after all was said and done, I took about a week staining samples and it was actually a blessing in disguise, because a week later my table had GAPS! Big GAPS, like lots of icky rotten food stuck in there Gaps.

Everything I read made me think NO ONE filled the gaps…what’s the point of a RUSTIC FARMHOUSE TABLE right?

BUT, the practical side of me kept imagining all the gunk…and how crappy the table would look always being dirty…obviously I am a Mom to small kids.

So….despite everything I read, I decided to fill the gaps with stainable wood filler. And let me tell you, three trips to the store later, I had finally purchased a quantity that could handle the job

To Fill or Not to Fill

Here is the filled gap-pre-stain table

NOW I AM SERIOSLY PANICKING….but my advise here is when you think you have sanded enough…sand for another 2 hours….a lot of sanding here so I had wood filler only in the gaps

Here is a closer look at the finished version to give you a better idea if you agree with filling the gaps

Close Up Fill

I do not regret the decision one bit!

Lastly: To Distress…or Not Distress??????

I watched tutorial after tutorial about distressing, read blog upon blog about finishes. In my heart of hearts I am still picturing Restoration Hardware’s version…but no matter what stains I tried, I was never going to be happy with the whitewashed look. I just could not recreate it.

So here comes a big shout out to Shanty-2-Chic. Check out their Fancy Farmhouse Table–BEAUTIFUL!!

I went with the Early American Rustoleum Finish that these sisters use on a lot of their projects featured on their blog.



It’s so elegant and still Rustic…and did I say I LOVE IT?

I used Minwax wood conditioner first

  Minwax Wood Conditioner

Then Early American–1 coat

Rustoleum Early American

And finally Polyurethane–I went with water based (dries fast) and Satin Finish

1 coat to entire table and 3 coats to table top

I sanded with fine sanding block between coats–very lightly!!

Minwax Polycrylic

Please share your links to your own tables after you take the plunge, I would love to hear about your experience! And if you gained anything from this blog post, I hope if was a sense of knowing that this is an absolutely doable project for someone with little to no experience and loads of determination!!


Next up…Reupholstering chairs to match…stay tuned!

Linked to The Purple Pumpkin, Miss Mustard Seed and Chic on a Shoestring


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