How to Build a Patio Dining Table

So a couple weeks ago I showed you our newly stamped concrete patios and DIY firepit. Well, now it’s time to furnish the space except everything is so darn expensive. So when Ace Hardware challenged me to a $90 project in celebration of their 90th Anniversary, I knew exactly what I wanted to build…

A Patio Dining Table.

how to build a patio dining tableAnd guess what? It didn’t even cost me $90. More like $80 and that included all of the screws and wood glue. I found the plans that I wanted to use on Ana White’s website, including the entire cut list for the wood.


Shopping List:

5 – 12′ – 1×4 Boards (Cut Tabletop Boards from these)
5 – 8′ – 1×4 (Supports and Aprons)
1 – 12′ 2×4
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
2 1/2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Finishing Supplies

measuring tape
circular saw


Cut List:

2 – 1×4 @ 32 1/2″ (End Aprons)
4 – 1×4 @ 64 1/2″ (Supports)
2 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Side Aprons)
17 – 1×4 @ 35 1/2″ (Tabletop Boards)
4- 2×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)

build a patio dining tableI actually ended up using (10) 6ft 1×4 boards instead of (5) 12ft boards. Easier to transport in my car and Ace Hardware had it in stock! To cut all of my wood I used my Craftsman circular saw. It’s still somewhat of a new tool to me, but you might remember my table trough centerpieces or my basement workshop table.

craftsman compound miter sawThen we just followed Ana’s instructions perfectly, making sure we used our square to keep everything angled perfectly before glueing and screwing into place.

diy patio dining tableWe started by building the table top form with supports down the middle. Then we glued and screwed the aprons onto the side.

how to build a patio tableTo add the tabletop boards we laid them in place on top of the supports first to evenly space them out, then screwed them into place. To make things go a little faster we had one drill designated for screwing, and one for pre-drilling holes.

build a patio tableOnce all of the tabletop boards were in place, it was time to add the legs.

build patio tableAnd three hours later we had ourselves a nice patio dining table.
For under $90 $80.

how to build a patio dining tableAnd here’s the table with some temporary chairs…

how to build a patio tableNow we aren’t going to stain the table. I have cool plans for the rest of this table a different day. But if we were going to stain, I would suggest doing that before assembling. It would be kinda hard to get it perfect between those slats!

building a patio tableAnd I could have used a Kreg jig to make pocket holes and hide the screws, but hey… I’m just happy we built a table from scratch!

AND it’s one sturdy table!
Not too shabby for our very first furniture build.

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how to build a patio dining table

So… what could YOU do for $90?
Tomorrow I’ll be giving away a $90 gift card to Ace Hardware,
so stay tuned!

how to build a patio dining table

If you want to see more projects from the Ace Hardware team,
check them out HERE!


 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.


How to Build a Patio Firepit

This ain’t any old patio fire pit. This addition to our backyard cost $125 AND only took 30 minutes to put together. Not even kidding.

backyard DIY firepit
So we finally got our stamped concrete patio finished this past Friday. Can I just say… I’m in love! I really wanted a corner fire pit but wasn’t quite sure if we could really pull it off. Then when we were at Ace Hardware this past week we noticed a little fire pit on display made from retaining wall rocks.

stamped concrete patioThe best part? We could put it right on top of the patio and the rocks didn’t need to be glued down. I was sold.

To get started we chose the Living Accents 35 inch round fire pit. You want to make sure the bowl you choose has the big lip around the edge. Do NOT assemble when you get it home. Yeah, that’s the best part.

build an backyard firepitNext take the fire pit cover out of the box and start laying your retaining wall blocks tightly around it. Make sure the front of the stones are touching, but it’s ok if the backs have a little gap.

building a backyard fire pitFor the 35 inch bowl we ended up with 15 blocks around it. We also chose a tan color rock and threw in a couple gray ones. Yeah, you can hardly tell in these pics but there’s 3 gray stones in the first ring.

outdoor fire pit tutorialNext remove the fire pit cover and start laying your second row of stones. Make sure you stagger from the first row. Again it’s ok that the backs of the rocks aren’t flush. You’ll see why in a minute…

stone backyard fire pitSo then add your third row of retaining wall stones, again staggering. You can kind of see the two shades of stones a little better now. Totally not needed; just a little something to add character. Now you can make the fire pit as high as you want, but we decided to only do three rows.

stone backyard firepitNow it’s time to work on the insert. Underneath the lip of the bowl were little brackets for where you would normally attach the legs. Well since we don’t need those, just grab a screwdriver and remove the brackets. This will help the bowl fit flush with your top layer of stones.

backyard firepit tutorialThen just insert the fire pit bowl into the ring of stones.

fire pit tutorialAnd remember how I mentioned those retaining wall rocks not being flush in the middle of the ring? Well the fire pit lip covers most of that. Yep, problem solved.

stone backyard firepit tutorialThe last bit of the patio makeover was to fill in the gaps between our large natural retaining wall rocks and the patio edge.

stamped concrete patio with firepitWe grabbed a bunch of the Arkansas Pebbles from Ace Hardware to cover the space.

backyard stone fire pit

And then we sat back and admired our work…

how to build a patio fire pitI totally didn’t think we could do this for the price and the time it took. Fire pit cost us $125: $80 for the insert and $45 rocks (3 layers of 15 rocks) at $1 a piece. And the fire pit only took us 30 minutes to build. We got home from work at 6:15 on Friday and were done by 6:45. Then watching the Blues get whooped by the Blackhawks by 7pm.

build an outdoor firepitThe hardest part? Lugging the stones from our garage around the house to the patio.
No joke.

how to build an outdoor fire pit

building an outdoor fire pitWe still have a lot to do back here… need our sod delivered, some plants, and some furniture.

backyard plans for outdoor firepitBut at least for now we can enjoy it back here.
I can’t wait for the leaves to grow to complete this gorgeous view.

outdoor fire pit tutorialSo, who’s got the marshmallows and graham crackers?
I’m pretty sure I’ve got the chocolate. I always have chocolate.

how to build an outdoor stone fire pit

 If you want to see more projects from the Ace Hardware team,
check them out HERE!


 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.