Building Tables that Build Community


August 10, 2015

We’re grateful to have met Kristin Schell several months ago after hearing about her and reaching out. She shares with us a firm belief in the power of individuals in community, and has been a leader in inspiring and working with others to make that reality for more people. In her blog “The Turquoise Table” she writes about the picnic table she put in her front yard in an effort to meet her neighbors. Her sweet stories have inspired many to do the same and that’s where we come in!

Shortly after reaching out, Kristin was at our shop to meet us and learn more. She talked with our ReWorkers, saw how we did things, and turned out to be one of the most encouraging people you’ll ever meet! Kristin then started sharing about us and within a couple of weeks we had nearly a dozen orders for turquoise picnic tables, and we still get orders now.

I’m thrilled about our ReWorkers having the work, and just as thrilled about all the people jumping on board with Kristin to build community with those around them. It’s exciting for ReWork Project to be a part of that cause. I believe that being in community can be what keeps someone off the street to start with. I also believe it can make all the difference in helping someone already there get back into housing and a healthier life.

I speak for most of us here when I say that since meeting Kristin, nearly all of our work clothes are now and forever stained with hints (or masses) of turquoise paint. But hey, the color has grown on us. It not only symbolizes a busy workshop, but also the reason we’re here: to encourage and motivate each other as we grow in community. We may not be doing it by sitting around a turquoise picnic table, but we’re happy to be doing it around building them!

Read Kristin’s blog here:

13 Responses to “Building Tables that Build Community”
    Amy Munyon:

    Hi there!

    I would love to purchase one of your turquoise tables for my yard. I live st 5707 Lakemoore Dr in Austin, TX 78731. Can you please let me know if this is possible?


    Barbara Burnett:

    I am interested in purchasing a table. Can you let me know how much it cost and how long it would take?

    Allison Eskew:

    Just sent you an email Barbara, thanks!

    Alice mccann:

    How do I order a table?

    Allison Eskew:

    Just sent you an email, Alice! Thanks!

    Brenda Cohen:

    I want a turquoise table and live in Austin, Texas. How do it get one ordered thru your company and how much is it? Thanks


    I’d love to buy a table… Could you send me the information please.

    Theresa Spencer:

    I’d like to find out about purchasing a table.


    I would love to purchase a turquoise table through reWork and live here in Austin as well. Please let me know if this is an option!

    Courtney Dickey:

    I would like to purchase a turquoise table. I see that you’re sold out. Any plans to build more? Thanks!

    Shannon Stewart:

    I would like to buy a turquoise table. How much and do you deliver?


    Kazmira Pedonesi:

    I love this story! I would like to purchase a turquoise table. I see that you’re sold out. Any plans to build more? Thank you!

    Allison Eskew:

    To anyone interested in purchasing a turquoise picnic table, please e-mail

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