Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Our Made from Scratch Picnic Table: A DIY

diy picnic table
Last year, the hubby made this table above using the left over pine wood from when we had our shed built. He purchased (from Lowes)pretreated wood that was thicker than the wood we had to use as the legs. I think he did a fine job as a first timer.

diy picnic table
sorry about the distracting flip flops. I had just washed them and was drying them in the sun.

Anyway, this is what the table looked like after being left out in the elements without being sealed. I was determined to get it sealed this past Memorial weekend as long as there was no rain in the forecast. Mother Nature cooperated and I set my plan in motion. I decided to use supplies that I already had to complete this project, i.e, paint, etc. I did have to succumb and purchase a sealer that was for exterior projects. It’s called Ultimate Spar Varnish and was purchased at Lowes.

The Process
diy picnic table
No, Zion didn’t do any sanding. I had already completed sanding the table (with a 120 grit sanding paper). He wanted to know why I was outside in the scorching sun instead of sipping on some nice ice cold beverage insideSmile. He’s always curious about how things work, so I showed him how the sander worked and sent him back inside because it was time for priming.

diy picnic table
Since I was using primer I already had, I was short a bit to completely cover all the table. However, I had enough to prime the top and the legs. Oh and yes, that’s Baby Ian in the background… They just wouldn’t let me complete this project in peaceSmile.

dip dye diy
I have been meaning to do the dip dye look on a project for some time and decided to have some fun with our picnic table.

diy picnic table
For the main paint, I used left over paint that was used on the exterior of our house and to achieve the dip dye look, I used left over paint from when our front door was yellow.

diy picnic table
After the paint dried, I used the Spar Varnish to seal the table and let it dry thoroughly before use. I wanted to use wood filler to fill in the cracks in the table(prior to sanding) but couldn’t find the one I am sure we have here. I was determined to reuse or use materials I already had, so there was no going off to buy any wood filler. What do you think about our “green” and budget friendly table? Happy Wednesday my friends. XX

22 comments :

  1. this turned out so well. i really like the yellow detail in the table legs. your summer bbqs and picnics are sure to be so stylish!

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  2. WOW!! Hubby did an amazing job. I love the dipped legs. I am considering the same technique for my bar cart. Beautiful styling as well.

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  3. Fantastic!!! Love the touch of yellow - happy.

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  4. GOOD MORNING MY DEAR! Don't you just love creating something dynamic on a budget? That is what we have done and it makes the piece even more special. Your husband is SO HANDY! So is mine, and I am always intrigued with how mens' minds work and how they can construct something so beautifully. I try it and it comes out crooked!!!!!

    Your style is fabulous; sleek, modern, GORGEOUS! Enjoy many,many family gatherings around this table. Anita

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  5. WOW !!! What a beautiful table.It came out gorgrous.Your little boy is darling.I can't live without my flops.Lovely post Dear.
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

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  6. It's fantastic! You did an amazing job. I love the dipped legs. Zion looks like he has potential for an assistant position on some future projects :)

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  7. Stacey, this is wonderful!
    What an amazing transformation, and the little pops of yellow are so cheerful.

    Happy day to you, my friend! xo.

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  8. you're too much!! the table looks great.

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  9. I love to see people use that they have. My grandfather always says fix up what you have and stop spending money when you don't need to.

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  10. I love what you did to the table and those dipped legs are awesome! I always love to use whats on hand, very savvy and budget conscious.

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  11. Amazing DIY, darling!
    Awesome job!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  12. You and your husband both did an amazing job!

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  13. Its the details of our lives I think that in some respects make the impact. Its only once in a while the big picture matters. I loves these photos of the details.

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  14. Thank you Stacy for your support of my Navy Grandson. He is in aviaters school right now in Pensacola ,Fla.He's bittin at the bit to be on a ship.Your little man is precious .Hold on as long as you can to him.
    may God bless you Dearest,
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

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  15. It's a complete success!
    Di
    X

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  16. Wow, this is an amazing before and after! I love the dip dyed look and the colors you used. And using what you already have for supplies is always the best! Looks amazing. I also love using those striped straws. :)

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  17. I live the dip dye effect and familiar colors here!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  18. Your table looks fantastic! Loving the dipped look yellow!!

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  19. Beautiful! It turned out great!

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  20. awesome table! love the touch of yellow.

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