Saturday, June 7, 2008

Trash to Treasure ~ Show and Tell Sunday

Welcome to another Show and Tell Sunday ~ Trash to Treasure theme.

I will tell you the story of my $10 table.

Our property is very windy. I mean verrrrry windy ! There is always a gust and even the shingles on our relatively new home (8 years old) were blown away a few weeks ago! The roof is repaired now.

Needless to say, we need a table on our deck that is solid wood, heavy as all get out, and relatively flip resistant. I don't want my deck furniture coming through my family room window! I found the perfect candidate at a local auction for only ten bucks. This is the closest I have to a before picture. The table had a very dark brown stain and the top was in poor condition, with numerous scratches, water marks and stains. Those are my pets and helpers ~ Cider and Casey.

I started out sanding it all down to see what I was working with.
The top was in great shape, after all, and the legs were just OK.
I decided to stain the top and paint the legs.

I used an off white Oil Base paint on the legs ~ very weather resistent and tough.

I stained the top "Teak" and used 3 coats of Helmsman Minwax Outdoor Urethane ~ Clear Satin finish ~ "Tough protection against Sunlight, Rain and Temperature".

Yes, I live in Canada :) LOL

The reddish teak tone I was hoping for "pops" on the top of the table and the almond colored legs give it a nice contrast. I will likely stain the deck dark as well (still debating). I also have six solid oak chairs to paint. They are not trash, but I got them cheap at an auction and will likely paint them (I can't imagine sanding all those rungs ~ much easier to match paint).

Most of my friends say it is too nice for outside. But I really do need a solid table on my deck.

There is a cute little floral knob on the drawer.

The bunnies are heavy too . . . and hold little votive candles.

Cider approves!!!! My $10 Treasure provides a nice shady spot on hot afternoons. I painted two little end tables to match. The chairs and the deck will be next :)

To see the other great Trash to Treasure stories
please visit our hostess, Analise at Sugar*Sugar
FYI ~ picture of covered deck added ~ as requested : )
My hubby built it all ! It was a big job ~ and now I gotta paint it ~ LOL


Adrienne said...

What a perfect table for your deck! And your paint and stain re-do is just right. I love the look you are putting together. Wish I could sit there and visit with you over a sweet treat. ~Adrienne~

just being crafty said...

Love the table!!! You did such a wonderful job on it and the little white tables add such a country charm to your deck. Love it all. Thanks for sharing.


Lisa B. said...

I approve too!! That is a great table redo! When something only costs $10 + the sweat can put your new "too nice" table anywhere you want!

Elly said...

Just one word: beautiful!!!!! You did a great job!

GirlHouse said...

That table is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

The Rose Cottage said...

Just love your table on the deck, great idea and it looks so homey :)

Beverly said...

It's beautiful, and it's perfect.

Great job. I can't wait to see more pictures when you finish the chairs.

Lisa M said...

Very nice! Perfect for your deck. Love the little bunnies, too! :)

bluemuf said...

Karen, What a fantastic job you did refinishing that beautiful table. It looks wonderful on your deck


Counting Your Blessings said...

Love, love, love, love, LOVE that table! I adore big ole chunky tables especially when the top is left it's "wood" color. Very cool! Blessings.. Polly

Our Back Porch said...

OMGosh! Love the table! And a fabulous place for it!!

Hugs and Blessings,

pinkroses said...

WOW, what a makeover...your table looks like a million bucks! xo suzanne duda

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

ooooh it looks SO nice!!! What a great makeover and now it looks like you spent a fortune on it from a specialty store. :))

so so pretty!

Mya said...

Wow, What a great job you did. It doesn't even look like the same table. I definitely approve.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

That is beautiful! Is your deck covered? I'm curious because I want to do the same thing but hesitant because my deck is not covered.

Karen said...

Hi Miss Priss, Yes my deck is partially covered, but the table still gets wet when it rains. The 3 coats of exterior urethane repels the water and it actually beads on the table top. I just wipe if off when it stops raining. I also have a vinyl tablecloth to cover the table (if I know it is going to rain).

I will put the table inside over the winter. It will be dealing with the hot sun and the rain from May to October. I will let you know how it looks in the Fall!

I will add a picture of the covered deck to this post :) My hubby made it! Pretty good!!!

~ Karen

leesiebella said...

Oh my, your deck looks like a dream! Great work on your table, it came out perfectly! And what a beautiful setting!

Thanks so much for sharing today!

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

Your table is just beautiful ... I think I'd be tempted to bring it inside, too. I love how your pets hang around to help. (Mine like to "help," too.)

Di said...

I love the table painted white and the detail on the drawer knob! I say use it on the deck if that' what you want to do. So many times we save the nice things for special occassions. Have fun enjoying the fabulous deck! Di

Christa from Chloe Rose said...

Oh that table is gorgeous.....I love how it turned out!

Chloe Rose

Melissa said...

Gorgeous table! And for only $10!You did a fantastic job. I would not want to sand all those chairs either! LOL!
Hope you have a great week.
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Deb said...

Karen your beautiful do over project has inspired me to get to work on my own table that has been sitting in my back room for 6 years. You did such a wonderful job everything looks perfect, I can see a new business opportunity opening up for you Ciderantiques/furniture refinishing. Your one very multi-talented gal. Hugs Deborah

Susie said...

Oh my gosh what a job, but so beautiful. it looks perfect.


Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Great job on your $10 table! Looks great on your deck. Love your website, too. I was sad to see I missed out on some of your vintage linens!

Nancy said...

Sorry I didn't comment sooner...been sick in bed for a couple of days. Feeling a bit better today...but I think I need another day or so.
Your table is absolutely gorgeous. You did a wonderful job. It just fits into that spot beautifully.

Have you thought about tile for the roof...I know it's costly...may save you the continuing grief though...

Hugs, Nancy

TattingChic said...

WOw, what a beautiful table and that deck. How luck you are to be so talented and have such a lovely home.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Karen!
WOW! We thought you lived in Kansas for a minute there Dorothy!! LOL What a GREAT table for your deck. And it was a steal! The covered deck is fabulous, nice job Mr Hubby!! Glad you're the one painting it Karen and not me!
Hugs, Sherry

Karen said...

Yep, The missing shingles are right above my son's bedroom and he's in school play this year ~ The Wizard of Oz! I guess we take our homework too seriously LOL.

Jeanie said...

I have helpers, too! The table is gorgeous -- you did fabulous work!

Charmingdesigns said...

Your table is beuuuutiful!!! Laurie

miss gracies house said...

Nice table-it is soo fun to take somethong for $10.00 and make it into a tresure, isn't it?
See ya next week!

Colana said...

Your $10.00 table turned out gorgeous! You did such a wonderful job on it. Wow!

Michele said...

What a gorgeous job you did on the table!!!! I just bought one that was in worse condition than the one you bought. She was selling it for $30, but I asked her if she'd take $20, and even though she was hesitant, she finally agreed. I wish I could get great deals like you and some of the other wonderful bloggers I've found. Oh well, I'll just have to enjoy your, *smiles*!! And yours is beautiful!! I love the two tone!!!