Yesterday we built a charming table under the arbor. We just love it, and feel it is perfect in every way for just that purpose, as well as looking wonderful in the arbor.
I told you in a post about a year ago about the 2 weathered, 'freebie' ladder back chairs we got from a neighbor, and in another past post, about the great thick stone slab we picked up for a song, and thought would make a great outdoor table top.
(*There are past posts about building our arbors, and the 'freebie' chairs.)
Yesterday we tramped up the hill into the woods and cut sections from a large downed tree that was in fine shape, already stripped of bark, and with no rot. We used 2 lengths as thick table legs, braced by an X shape of narrower tree trunks on each side. It looks like the arbor, and is stunning if we do say so.
We hefted the stone slab on top of this base, and finished off our "18thc. tea arbor" with the 2 salvaged chairs drawn up to the table, just waiting for us to have tea and treats there in period dress some Sunday afternoon!
We spent nothing, and it only took us about an hour to create the table you see here~
We'll have photos of ourselves in 18thc. finery having tea in our arbor later this summer~
Here is one of our own 'tea menus'. We love to have high tea in the summer in 18thc. clothing at various parks or historic sites. I make all our food from scratch~
|We designed and built this arbor, and all our arbors and wattle fences with materials from our own property, and for NO money. You can read much more about them in past posts on this blog~|
|The free chairs were a great find. Our neighbors had these chairs sitting in their driveway last summer. We asked if they were for sale and they said "Take 'em!"|
|Coming from the backyard to the arbor~|
|This arbor is right next to our brook. the little bridge crosses the stream~|
|Take a tour of our 18thc. house and see all of our period yard and garden photos HERE~|