Being the thrifty girl I am, I can’t stand to see something thrown away.
That can be a good thing ….and a bad thing. ;) –> too much junk!
But most times it is a good thing. And a totally budget conscious thing.
That’s the good part.
So when my sister recently told me she was throwing out her old patio table because it was falling apart…I said “no way”!
And I do believe someone else sitting out there said, at the very same time, “give it to Nancy, she can do something with it”!
Ha! You think?
Of course. There is always hope. Usually.
I will say up front, this table had some major issues. But all in all was a good choice to re-do so it can be re-loved!
Here she is now:
Shes a beaut right?
Yep…she’s pretty but here’s how she started.
Not a full photo of it but you get the idea. Pretty weathered and honestly it wasn’t made so well from the get go.
It was basically ready to fall apart as we were moving it home.
Here are some various “in the works” photos of my husband repairing it.
Lots of tools….clamps, screws, glue.
Basically had to end up taking it apart to repair it well.
You can see here how “wonky” it was.
The chairs….major wobbly.
…and the arm chair that we decided to cut the arms off of. They needed to be removed in order for the table and chairs to fit on my screened porch.
Only 3 chairs survived but that worked out well because that’s all I needed anyway. :)
…and of course my son’s “Little Tikes” wagon in the background there! It’s sure had some use.
Many times with him in it but not for a long time now. (he’ll be 16 in August)
It’s been great for hauling all kinds of stuff around the yard for the last 10 years or so though.
See? I repurpose and really never throw much of anything away. That’s still useful anyway.
Here it is put back together and ready for paint. (gave it a light sanding to smooth the top a bit)
I painted the top with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®. The legs and chairs got Graphite.
I distressed the top and chairs to give it a “weathered” look.
A little bit different from it’s original real weathered look. (which I actually liked!)
I sealed and finished it with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
I didn’t want to leave it unsealed (like recommended for outdoor pieces) because with the humidity, pollen, woods, water, etc…it just wouldn’t hold up.
Here’s an up close of the distressed top.
Now, I have to tell you, it is not recommended to use wax outside. Especially if the piece will be in the sun.
I painted and waxed this piece (you can see it –> here) about 2 years ago and it gets some sun on it every day.
It’s in perfect condition. (and it gets very hot here)
So I decided to do the same with this table. It’s on the other side of the porch so gets sun in the early morning.
I don’t really have any worries that it won’t hold up.
Now just to clarify, I wouldn’t put it out on the patio in full daily sun. But the limited amount it receives on the porch is fine, in my experience.
That’s the arm chair there on the end. Now you see why we had to cut the arms so the chair would fit under the table all the way. (there is a screen door just to the right of it)
The cushions came from Target and match the Graphite black paint perfectly! Neither are a true dark black color.
We plan to build a bench for the other side. EDITED: You can see the bench I made for the table>>> here.
We have our foot stools/rests from our porch set over there now…and it’s a laugh when someone sits in them!
I think they are around chin level to the table. So my “temporary” fix until we get the bench made didn’t work out so well! ;)
A little tray to cover the hole (for the umbrella that we don’t need on the porch)
The tray was a $15 clearance at Target …that I got for $7.50 because the wood handle was split in two.
I came home and glued it. (you can just see it there in the photo–and you can see the tray also used in my Christmas Home Tour –> here)
The fish dish….TJ Maxx. The wood candle holder…thrift store. The starfish…Pier One.
I just love it and am so happy with how it turned out.
It’s so very nice having a table back out on the porch again.
And I’m just glad it didn’t get tossed!
A little bit of work (or a lot this time..I won’t sugar coat it ;) ) and I have a great new piece to enjoy!
By the way, the porch is a work in progress. I had originally planned to repaint the concrete but decided to cover it up with a rug instead.
I’ll tackle that floor next year. Maybe. ;)
And hopefully I’ll get the rest done so it can be enjoyed this summer and I can share it with you all here.
Be sure to check in next week when I share what I did with this!
UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!
Hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th Holiday weekend! xoxo
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