Past Projects

Past Projects – Gray Table Home

Here are a few photos and descriptions of some of my past projects. Please forgive the clutter in many of the photos, they were taken long before I had a blog in mind!

Restoration Hardware Inspired Outdoor Dining Tables and Benches

It all started a few years ago when I wanted a new table for my backyard.  I loved the tables by Restoration Hardware, but did not want to spend thousand(s) of dollars. Luckily, while on Pinterest, I found some great table plan pins which led me to this awesome website by Ana White. I was inspired to start building! The style of table I chose is similar to Restoration Hardware’s French Beam outdoor dining table. I have now built several sets like the ones below for myself and others, but unfortunately I don’t have pics of them all. Most are made from ‘reclaimed’ cedar from nearby salvage lumber yards. I love to mix the types of cedar (e.g., Western Red, Alaskan Yellow) and use plenty of the old weathered boards that have a lovely silver and gray patina to create a natural rustic and eclectic feel.

Restoration Hardware Inspired Table Set 2

Restoration Hardware Inspired Table Set 3Restoration Hardware Inspired Table Set 4

West Elm Inspired Outdoor Dining Table

This table was inspired the West Elm Emmerson Reclaimed Wood dining table. It was made from leftover construction materials (fir lumber) that I oxidized using a steel wool and vinegar mixture to create a weathered appearance. I also added steel angle iron along the ends to give it a more industrial feel.

West Elm Inspired Table 2 West Elm Inspired Table 1

West Elm Inspired Table 3

Reclaimed Cedar Outdoor Farm Table

This is one of my favorite projects because of the natural gray weathered cedar with saw marks. I love the rustic look and simple design.

Reclaimed Cedar Farm Table 1Reclamed Cedar Farm Table 2


Pottery Barn / Restoration Hardware / Target Inspired Outdoor Sofa and Chair Set

This sofa and chair set was inspired by a combination of sets that I saw from Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Target. I custom-designed and built the sofa and chair frames from cedar and bought some Chatham Outdoor Cushions on sale from Pottery Barn. Several sets that inspired the design include the Chatham Grand Sofa from Pottery Barn (for sizing), a 2014 teak set by Restoration Hardware (which is now discontinued, so unfortunately I cannot find the name or a link), and the Threshold Afton X-back dining chairs from Target that I use with our West Elm inspired outdoor dining table. One day, I’ll try to do a “how to” post on custom designing furniture based on cushion measurements and standard furniture sizing – I learned a lot by trial and error!Outdoor Chair 2Outdoor ChairOutdoor Sofa 1


DIY Modern Industrial Style Paintings

The cabin needed some art to add color to the primarily neutral palette. There are several artists on Pinterest and Etsy who I admire and inspired the modern industrial style. I have taken painting classes while in undergrad and also in continuing education courses from a local college.  I decided to give it a shot – using mostly “student” grade paints (e.g, Liquitex BASICS), canvases from Aaron Brothers (they periodically have a great buy 1 get 2 free sale!), and my tile trowels and array of cheap brushes. My goal was to ‘just slap the paint on there’ in complementary colors and use the hardware to create patterns. I also used stencils to personalize by adding numbers and words which have special meaning to me. Here are a few of the completed paintings…


A few more past projects are coming soon…!!!