Last weekend while lounging dockside at the cottage, I had the chance to catch up on some reading, specifically my design magazines. Something that caught my eye was a DIY photo in Canadian House and Home July 2011 issue. A weathered barn board table left uncovered was set for alfresco dining with crisp white linens and dinnerware. It was the rustic feeling of the table that inspired me; the contrast of the weathered with the new. I envisioned myself entertaining friends and family at a similar table in my own backyard so I decided to build one. (Actually I had hubby build one – see below) My table is built from white pine boards that are over 100 years old. Originally occupying a Pharmacist shop in Port Hope, Ontario, where the boards served as shelving in the stock room to hold bottles of potions, tinctures and salves. When the shop was closed many decades later the boards somehow made their way to our cottage where they were then used as dock boards for over 30 years. When a new dock was built the boards were no longer needed and thus relegated to the wood pile. Fortunately for me the boards were never thrown into the bonfire and burnt! So in the 100 year journey from Pharmacist shelving, to lakeside dock, to woodpile, to rustic alfresco dining my ‘new’ wood table certainly has weathered all.
My Inspiration – Canadian House and Home, July 2011
My ‘new’ weathered wood table.