The lovely April weather here in Minnesota this year is a bit deceptive! Days in the 70’s make it a joy to get out and start clearing the gardens. My solution to ease the “gardening aches and pains” that are a result of way too much bending and pulling and digging is sitting on the deck with a cool beverage!
|Photo of the deck in 2012|
The deck truly is a three season extra room in/out of our home!
We love the seating area with chairs around a round table with a copper inset for a planting.
Well….while I was sitting there relaxing…..
I noticed the surface of the top of the table!
YIKES! Minnesota winters are hard on things!
In other years, I used Gel Stain and Polyurethane to refresh the surface! (Click to see how I did that)
But after doing that a couple of times, the situation called for something more drastic!
You may wonder…..why doesn’t this woman just buy herself a NEW table for heaven’s sake?
Well…..in all honesty it is a big pain to haul the old table out….figure out how to recycle or dispose of it…..then shop and assemble a new table!
Besides…..we love the shape of the round table and the insert that is perfect for flowers or other decor! If we wanted a table like that….with a surface that would not deteriorate it would be a tad to spendy for this thrifty (CHEAP) person!
As you can see…..Lowes has JUST what we need!
A little sanding with a sanding block…..
Some Gloss Black Enamel paint…..
And a cheap throw away brush (because I decided to be lazy and not have to clean my brush)…..
Two coats later the table looked like this!
Not bad….but I felt like it looked a little like freshly tarred blacktop…..not exactly the look I was going for.
This is a case of “Use what you have”because the paint was all leftover from past projects!
The cost for this was a total of $1 for the disposable brush!
Even better…..the time it took to do this was way less than replacing the table we love!