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Several years ago, I saw a picture of a lettuce table in a magazine and knew it was something that I wanted to eventually make for myself. The idea appealed to both my green thumb and my crafty side. When I started writing my book, Raised Bed Revolution, I decided that this project had been lingering on my garden wish list for long enough. And a new book project provided the perfect opportunity to get my act in gear and finally make the darned thing.
The lettuce table has been a very popular project. It’s one of the main projects brought up in interviews and you can find how-to instructions on Creative Green Living and the DIY Network’s Made+Remade blog.
What’s so special about this particular lettuce table?
Rather than just build a table from brand new lumber, I wanted to add a little style to this DIY in the book. Originally I was on the hunt for vintage legs (I was going to build a box to sit on top of them separately), but as I was strolling through an antique market not far from my home, I came across this lovely little vintage find. The vendor apologized and explained that the table’s top was not nailed down, but could easily be reattached. I suspect the top and bottom were not originally a true pair, but I wasn’t bothered because the lack of a top was actually a bonus! It made it easier to come up with a plan to transform the old piece into my lettuce table. I had my vintage legs, but I also had a great frame to work from to make the top.
My lettuce table proudly sits on the back deck and features all sorts of greens throughout the season: radicchio, Red Sails lettuce, baby pak choy, Lolla rosa darkness lettuce, Tuscan baby leaf kale and ‘Red Garnet’ amaranth. I love being able to snip my own salads! What do you think?