Colorful Wood Slat Table

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.

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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

Patio copia

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

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture

As you can see it was really damaged.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture

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.
How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture

That was until the day of its makeover arrived. The first thing was to get rid of the top and keep only the structure.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture

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.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture

I took my mouse sander and began to work.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture

I sanded, and sanded, and sanded until it looked like this. How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture

I brushed some of my “Miracle Liquid” on it and left it there to dry.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Staining the wood

I had some scrap wood that I cut to fit the top.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Staining the wood

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.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painting the slats

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.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painting the slats

I placed some cards between the slats to get even spacing for the top.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painting the slats

I secured everything with screws and removed the cards.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painting the slats

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!!

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painted slats with dyed legs

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.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painted slats with dyed legs

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

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painted slats with dyed legs

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.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painted slats with painted legs

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.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painted slats with painted legs

It has a subtle shine and it’s totally protected from all weather and water spills.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint

I still have to work on the pallet side table but that will be another post.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint

I cleaned the floors as much as I could because we planned to have dinner there and then stargazing for a while.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint - The before picture - Painted slats with painted legs

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint

I am so happy with my colorful wood slat table!!

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint

I think it is perfect for the patio, where we plan to share moments with friends and family.

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint

How to make a colorful wood slat table the easy way with some wood and paint

Thanks so much for visiting and don’t forget to stop by to see what the other ladies have done!!

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If you click on the pictures below you will get their projects, have fun with them!

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Hugs,

Pili  

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9 comments

  1. Katrin says:

    So pretty Pili! You really rock at making furniture and this table is super for summer, so happy and colourful! That terrace is great, you created a lovely hangout spot! also, Congrats on the pallets, I can’t believe you found so many!!! It all looks really cozy and lovely!

  2. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Love this table. If ever there was a hot mess before it is this table. But you really brought it back to life with your clever skills. And a little help from your son. I don’t know about AS paint I never tried it and it seems like a lot of money for paint. But I’m happy to hear your opinion Pili. This patio looks like the cool place to be, I can just see the kids taking it over and filling it with drawings… I can’t wait to see what you do. If I find any pallets I’m going to copy that idea.

  3. Keri says:

    Pili, I just love this table!!! It sounds like a lot of hard work went into this, but worth it. The colorful slats make for the perfect summer feel. You did an awesome job on this!! Btw, you have a beautiful terrace! Happy stargazing!!

  4. Michelle says:

    I love how you mixed and matched the colors, they look beautiful together and painting the table legs made all the difference. Sorry about the latex hopscotch, my daughter did something similar and it took us weeks of watering to get rid of the paint. Oh well, she had loads of fun experimenting and mom always used to say “everything can be fixed except a child’s broken heart”.

  5. Vera Y. Ballew says:

    I’m a newbie to this site. So far LOVE IT. This post has helped me figure out how to make a small top for a metal plant stand. Thanks.

  6. Michele says:

    I like the uniqueness of this little table- no one else will have one exactly the same. Although time consuming, I’m sure it wasn’t too difficult a project. Well done!

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