Happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a restful and peaceful weekend. We are finishing up a mini vacation to Blueridge, GA. It’s been exactly what I needed to recuperate after the busy past few weeks getting this blog up and running. And if you read my October Fall DIY Sign post, yes, I did get to experience my first real fall! It’s been amazing.
Today I’m bringing you our DIY Patio Table! You know those projects that you have planned out in your head, and then when you complete them, they turned out even better than you imagined? Well, that’s what happened with this patio table! After we finished it, I kept looking out the kitchen and bedroom windows just so I could take a peek at our beautiful table.
We got this Hampton Bay table for free. It originally had large ceramic inserts, which were awfully outdated, and the cushions were old and worn. It was also chipped in some areas, but other than that, it was in good shape. I know you’re probably asking yourselves “How exactly is that table in good shape?!” from the description I just gave, so let’s just say it had solid bones. You can see below what we started with.
But like I said, it had good bones, and look what we turned it into!
Prepping the Table
So, first things first. I prepped the table to get it ready to be painted. To do this, I first used a stainless steel brush and tried to brush off as much of the chipping paint as possible. This is really important, because if there is any paint left behind that is ready to chip off, even after you spray paint over it, that paint won’t be bonded to the metal in those areas. (I’m going to be totally transparent however, and say I didn’t spend TOO much time doing this. It’s really easy to get carried away once you start, and you can end up finding yourself really frustrated with the process. (My thought process was if I missed a little spot, and it did happen to chip later on, I have the spray paint I used to paint the table, so I can easily go back and touch up areas if needed.) After I brushed off as much as I could, I sanded over the parts with chipping paint really well to remove any remaining chips and to try to smooth out the edges where the paint chipped. Then, I lightly sanded the remainder of the table. After, I went back over the chippy spots, one last time, with the stainless steel brush, to be sure the sand paper didn’t loosen up any additional paint. Lastly, I wiped the table and chairs down really well with a wet rag, making sure to remove all dirt and residues.
Painting the Table
Warning! This part is really messy. Either that, or I’m a spray paint amateur and don’t know how to keep my feet out of the way. It was really embarrassing going to yoga the next day, with half painted feet (they basically looked like I ran through the dirt and forgot to shower).
I chose to use Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Forged Hammered Spray Paint in Burnished Amber. I ended up being really happy with this color. It’s a really neutral brown without a lot of shine or sparkle. It was also really close to the original color of the table, which made spray painting a less daunting task, as I didn’t need quite as much paint to get a full coverage look. When picking a spray paint for outdoor furniture, you will want to find one that includes primer and rust protection. I ended up using exactly six bottles of spray paint to cover the tables and six chairs. I put the patio pieces on tarps in our yard, to try to contain the spray paint mess, and to keep dirt away from the wet paint.
I started with the table, and sprayed two thin layers of spray paint, waiting 30 minutes in between applications. Since the chairs were in much better condition than the table, I only did one layer of spray paint on them, and then touched up a few areas that still needed a little more paint. I let these dry for two hours before I moved on to filling the table holes.
Filling the Table Holes
First we cut our steel flat bar to fit the width of our holes using our Dremel (Which by the way, if you don’t own a Dremel, go buy yourself one! It has so many different attachments and is our most used and versatile tool.) We cut four bars for each hole, and placed each bar a few inches apart, as shown below. The glass we used under the tiles needed to be 1/8 inch thick in order to keep the tiles level with the table edge, which resulted in the glass being a little weak in the middle once we topped it with the tiles. The steel bars gave us the much needed support we were looking for to support the weight of the tiles and other objects, like food and drinks.
Next, we cut the glass into 15 ¾ inch by 30 ½ inch pieces to fit the holes. We used this glass cutter from Home Depot. We measured the glass, marked the lines we needed to cut with a sharpie marker, and then ran the glass cutter along that line. We carefully applied pressure on the side of the glass we were trying to remove, and the glass broke along the line we cut. We placed the glass pieces on top of the steel bars for each hole.
Last, but certainly not least, we cut and placed our tiles on top of the glass. During our home buying process, we toured a lot of historic houses in our neighborhood that have these beautiful decorative Spanish tiles. Ever since then, we have been trying to find an easy way to incorporate them into our home. Brett came up with the amazing idea to use these tiles to fill the holes on our table (I know… I can’t fully take credit for the beauty of this table. Credit is owed where credit is due.). Amazing! It was the PERFECT place to add fun, colorful tiles. We got these tiles from Floor and Décor. They are very inexpensive and come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. The tiles were almost a perfect fit, except that the eight tiles meeting at the center of the table had to be cut down by about ½ inch. To cut the tiles, we used a wet saw and then placed the tiles on top of the glass, using eight tiles in each section for a total of thirty two tiles.
I got so lucky finding the cushions for the chairs! I was at Home Depot trying to find the chair cushions to no avail. I asked the guy working in the patio furniture section if they had cushions anywhere. He pointed to the red cushions next to him, and told me those were the only ones they had. Typically I would have just said okay and kept on with my day, but for some reason, I decided to ask him how much they were. He responded $7 (these cushions are normally $75 each)!! I asked him two or three more times for clarification, to make sure I didn’t hear him incorrectly. $7?! What a steal! So a little tip from the Home Depot employee: If you go to the patio/holiday sections right before they’re trying to switch out their displays, ask if there are any items on sale in the area. Most of the time they don’t display the prices, but they mark everything way down, because they have to make room for their new inventory!
We also found this umbrella on Amazon for their Prime Item of the Day for $20! However, it is still normally priced well, and has good reviews, so I will keep you all updated on the longevity of the umbrella. Lastly, we purchased this stand for the umbrella, since it came without one. Again, not a bad price!
Overall, I am SO thrilled with how the table turned out. We don’t normally include this many colors into our home, and I’m normally a little hesitant on red, but our patio is such a fun place to incorporate it all. I keep peeking out the windows every now and then, just to sneak a peak at how pretty it is. I’m obsessed!
Until next time DIYers! Thank you for reading!