We had been saving up for a table like this one from Restoration Hardware or Urban Barn or West Elm but needless to say it was taking a while (just for the table)... then we stumbled upon @Shanty2Chic on Pinterest and loved the idea.
As far as woodworking/furniture making goes, I have taken a turn at it here and there but this was our first major project and it worked out great. We decided to go with two benches and we're currently hunting for chairs, maybe a DIY as the ones we want are also pretty expensive for what they are!
We bought all the wood, subbing the 96" 2x10s for 72" 2x10s and subbed the 2x4s in the X legs for 4x4s. I like the one piece better than the 2x4s and we attached the X pieces to the 4x4 using 2-1/2" pocket screws. After cutting and sanding, we assembled the table and set out staining it with a brush and a clean rag using the "brush on - wipe off" method which gave us a nice look at the grain pattern. The stain we chose was Varathane Weathered Grey and did one coat which gave us the look we were after. After staining we applied three coats of Varathane Matte Finish clear to allow for that "natural wood feel".