Hi, guys! Welcome to another month to our Intl’l Bloggers Club Challenge! As you already may know, I teamed up three lovely ladies and each month we share different traditions, DIY and crafts. Last month we talked about furniture makeovers, the previous one was about “shopping” and this month is about summer DIY.
When we moved some weeks ago to our new house, I decided the first thing I would work on would be the patio. Well, it is not really a patio but a terrace upstairs, great to enjoy days and nights there.
It was like this
I wanted some cheap outdoor furniture and thought pallets would be a great option. You know I always find things curbside, and I planned to focus on pallets.
Then, what would be a patio without a table? I needed to focus on a table too, but I had one that would work great. I can’t remember how long I had it, it was a curbside found too that looked like this
As you can see it was really damaged.
I left it outside the old house waiting for the moment to make something out of it, but that moment didn’t seem to arrive and I used it for all my spray paint projects.
That was until the day of its makeover arrived. The first thing was to get rid of the top and keep only the structure.
It was solid wood so my plan was to sand it and remove all rests of paint and mold it had, so I could dye it later.
I took my mouse sander and began to work.
I sanded, and sanded, and sanded until it looked like this.
I brushed some of my “Miracle Liquid” on it and left it there to dry.
I had some scrap wood that I cut to fit the top.
Being a summer project, I became crazy with the colors. I wanted a colorful table, not a plain one. I used only four colors, my white DIY chalk paint, an old tin of Blue Egg from Annie Sloan, red paint from the same brand and plain acrylic yellow.
I mixed some of them to get different colors, and I also did some layers of paint so a different color would show below when distressing.
I also cut two pieces of wood to screw the slats on them. It would have been easier with a Kreg Jig, which is on my wish list for next Christmas.
I placed some cards between the slats to get even spacing for the top.
I secured everything with screws and removed the cards.
Then I placed the top on the table frame and realized I didn’t like it at all. That colorful top with the dyed wood didn’t match at all. FAIL!!
My son suggested painting everything in that blue color. I have to admit something and maybe Annie Sloan paint lovers will hate me, but I don’t like that brand too much. Don’t get me wrong, I love she took painting furniture to another level making it easier with no need of sanding or priming, it’s just the paint it’s not my cup of coffee, I prefer other brands and also the DIY version.
Anyway, I had that paint tin for too long and I decided to use it for “casual” projects like this.
Don’t pay too much attention to the hopscotch miss A painted on the floor… Who said that regular latex paint can be easily removed with water? No way!!
It was a really hot day and that made it more difficult to paint outside. The paint was drying very fast and I had to be careful not to get this
Have you noticed I found some pallets? Doing the happy dance!
I finished painting with a nice tan (no need to go to the beach) and let it dry which it did in a blink. Then I sanded it to give a more worn look.
As the table was intended to be outdoors, and because of the heat, wind and rain it would be exposed to, I decided to protect it with a marine varnish. I’ve used it before twice and it protects both the color and the wood.
It has a subtle shine and it’s totally protected from all weather and water spills.
I still have to work on the pallet side table but that will be another post.
I cleaned the floors as much as I could because we planned to have dinner there and then stargazing for a while.
I am so happy with my colorful wood slat table!!
I think it is perfect for the patio, where we plan to share moments with friends and family.
Thanks so much for visiting and don’t forget to stop by to see what the other ladies have done!!
If you click on the pictures below you will get their projects, have fun with them!
Remember that if you want to see more projects, you can check them at the Gallery. Have a wonderful week!
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