My Favorite Retro Outdoor Dining Table (…It’s Budget Friendly!)

Nothing beats a meal enjoyed outdoors. So part of me was grateful when my cat destroyed our hammock, finally making room for the retro outdoor table of my vintage-filled dreams.

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Crosley’s Metal Outdoor Table

Isn’t it pretty?

Crosley retro outdoor dining table topped with a serving tray and vintage coffee pot

This 40-inch table is made by Crosley Furniture, a spinoff of the brand that brought us the world’s cutest record players. I love that Crosley is keeping mid-century style alive with new products available today.

Their dining table looks just like the original version that came with my house, except my antique was thoroughly rusted and in need of replacement. Lucky for me, these charmers are still being made.

Mid-century modern deck with retro patio table by Crosley Furniture

That tulip-inspired silhouette is forever fabulous.

As soon as a spot cleared up on my deck (thank you, Charlie, my property-destroying cat!), I ordered the Crosley table. It is UV- and weather-resistant, with room for a party of four.

Related: Learn about the history of Crosley, launched in 1920


Assembling the Crosley Table

Plan on having a buddy and some fairy dust to build this table. The product description says it’s easy to assemble, but I object to this characterization.

It was a struggle to line up the four legs and get all of the screws to reach the piece in the center. Keeping the screws loose and following the detailed instructions wasn’t enough.

Assembling the Crosley metal outdoor table

Maybe the table I received was a little off. Ultimately we used straps to pull the table legs together and get the screws to attach. It was a chore, but worth it.


Retro Outdoor Dining Chairs

Almost time for alfresco dining!

You can bring your own chairs or choose from Crosley’s line of colorful, vintage-style options, sold separately or in a dining set. I’m partial to the Brighton and the Bates, but they all have mid-century flair to create the look you want.


Retro Outdoor Table Accessories

Serving tray with milk glass vase and Cathrineholm coffee pot on a retro outdoor dining table

I spruced up my table with a milk glass vase, Cathrineholm coffee pot and tempting charcuterie plate. Look for vintage milk glass at the Goodwill or your local antique store.

You can make a DIY serving tray by shaping a piece of wood and adding modern handles. Then throw in a tiki umbrella and you’re ready to dine in style.


More Outdoor Furniture

Crosley has rocking chairs, loveseats and so many adorable combos for your patio. Their side tables are perfect for smaller spaces.

Check out all of Crosley’s retro metal furniture here.

Crosley retro outdoor side table in Caribbean blue

Adorably retro outdoor dining table
The cutest retro outdoor table

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Retro Outdoor Dining Table (…It’s Budget Friendly!)”

  1. Loving your new little relaxing Alfresco dining corner you created! It’s awesome!! (Charlie is sorry about the hammock but at least you had something nice you had been wanting and dreaming about happen!) Seeing that table and all the types of chairs brought back lots of memories..I can remember seeing them all. I do believe every family from the mid-century era had that table and those chairs. lol. Do you still have the antique one and could it be refinished or made usable again? This little corner is a great addition to your MCM home. Love it!! ( Looking forward to sitting out there in Sept. 😉 )

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    • That’s cool you remember the table and chairs! I love all the different retro looks of the chairs. We still have the rusted antique table in the shop. Maybe it could be stripped and repainted someday. I forgive Charlie for the hammock because it is nice having this cozy seating area now. 🙂 You will love it!

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