Fun Ideas to Liven Up Your Cedar Picnic Table

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When it comes to decorating your outdoor area, cedar furniture will always be a good choice. It is sturdy, naturally resistant to water and decay, and can last you over 25 years if you care for it properly.

A cedar picnic table will give you a place to enjoy your backyard with your friends and family. But once you’ve picked out your table, how do you make it your own?

Here are some ideas on how to decorate and customize your table.

Give It A Custom Paint Job

If you’re looking for a way to make your picnic table look like a custom piece in your backyard, then dress it up with a coat of paint.

The great thing about this is that your options are endless. You can tailor your cedar picnic table to match your desired theme. You can check out sites like Pinterest for some paint inspiration.

If you want to customize your table but don’t want to lose that natural, cedar look, then consider staining it. You can choose between solid, semi transparent, or clear sealers.

Painting or staining your cedar picnic table not only allows you to customize your table but will also help protect it from the weather. Just be sure you read up on how to properly do this and care for your table. This means you’ll have to do some sanding, priming, and sealing, not just painting. But proper care means a table that will last for years to come.

Set Up Some Lighting

If you set up lighting around your picnic table, then your outdoor activities don’t have to end when the sun goes down.

If you a place to hang them, string lights are an easy way to add fun lighting to your patio. You can mix and match different strings of lights, or change them up throughout the year if you want.

You can play around with different lighting options to really customize your table. Try out fun DIY ideas with candles, lanterns, and string lights to add ambiance to your outdoor area.

Give Yourself Some Shade

It can be hard to enjoy your new cedar picnic table with the sun relentlessly beating down on you. If your backyard is lacking in shade, then consider adding an umbrella to your table.

Adding a hole to your table to accommodate an umbrella requires some power tool use, but is still easy enough for a beginner DIYer. And the payoff is some sweet shade so you can enjoy your backyard for hours on end.

If you’re an experienced DIYer and good with tools, then you could even build a pergola to shade your table. This is definitely harder and more permanent than an umbrella, but will seriously upgrade your outdoor area.

Keep The Bugs Away

Don’t let the threat of annoying bugs stop you from enjoying your cedar picnic table!

One of the easiest ways to stop this problem in its tracks is by setting up citronella candles or tiki torches around your table.

If the store bought options don’t have the look you’re going for, then make some yourself. You can make DIY tiki torches out of any old bottle. This means you can design them to be pretty as well as functional. Try using different colored bottles or adding twine to them for a rustic look.

Add A Tablecloth

One easy way to dress up a cedar picnic table is by adding a pretty tablecloth!

Adding a tablecloth means you can switch out the design whenever you want, so your design can change with the seasons or holidays. Just be sure to look for tablecloths designed specifically for outdoor use if you plan on leaving them out. This is so they can stand a chance against the weather.

If you want to make your own table cloths, then check out this DIY that requires no sewing! It uses a fabric called oilcloth. Oilcloth is super durable and easy to clean, which is perfect for an outdoor tablecloth.

If tablecloths aren’t really your style, then you can use oilcloth to make cute outdoor placemats. Placemats are a super easy way to decorate a table and make it look put together at a moments notice.

Have Fun With Centerpieces

Like tablecloths and placemats, centerpieces are an easy way to add a design flair to your cedar picnic table without making any permanent decisions. You can switch them out whenever you feel like.

One thing to keep in mind when deciding on centerpieces is to try not to take it too seriously! You have a lot of room to have fun with centerpieces.

You can dress up just about any container, fill it with fresh (or fake!) flowers and set it on your table. Try old glass bottles, painted tin cans, wicker baskets, or even a plain tin caddy. Your options are as endless as your imagination.

Decorating Your Cedar Picnic Table

Adding a picnic table to your collection means you can enjoy the outdoors for hours on end. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbeque or just soaking up the good weather, your cedar picnic table gives you a sturdy, dependable space to do so.

You can paint or stain it, add an umbrella, throw on a custom made tablecloth, and step back and admire your handy work! These easy design ideas and DIYs will make your outdoor space look like it was professionally decorated.

Did we leave off your favorite backyard design? Let us know in the comments below. Or reach out to us today if you’re ready to start building your cedar furniture collection.

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