I wish I could tell you how I decided to make a chair into a table. All I can tell you is these things just come to me. 😉
I can tell you that I love to find ways to recycle, up cycle and re-imagine things I have or find at thrift stores. It really thrills me.
I do know I wanted a bright little side table for my “refreshed” patio space. That I hope to completely reveal soon. And I had a few extra chairs in the attic. But those particular chairs wouldn’t work.
So this one became the victim.
Does this not look like a table to you?
See the straight lines? And the perfectly straight place where the seat meets the back? That’s all I needed.
The chair was originally purchased at my favorite thrift store, Salvation Army, for the Media Room Map Game table.
I’m pretty certain it cost a whopping $4. Not to worry I do have an extra chair to replace this one. It wasn’t the most comfortable chair anyway. 😉
To complete the transformation, I enlisted the help of my dear neighbor. He’s retired and has a fabulous workshop with every tool imagined by man. And lucky for me, he is more than happy to help me with my “projects”. Another blessing for sure.
I thought we would use his table saw, but he thought the circular saw would work better. I let him go to town!
Then he did use his table saw to rip a scrap piece of wood to fill in the gap left by the chair back.
We nailed it in and then I got to work with the tiling. That was my plan to hide the patch and to make the table more durable, more impervious to rain for the patio. Our patio is only covered by a pergola so everything needs to hold up to the rain and sun.
I mixed up some grout to use as adhesive and spread it onto the table with a notched trowel. I figured it wasn’t going to get walked on, so mastic wouldn’t be necessary.
When you mix grout, you want it to be pretty thick, about the consistency of smooth peanut butter. Then you let it set up for about 10 minutes.
You don’t want to mix up too much grout at this point, just enough to do this step. You need to let the “adhesive” set up overnight and the grout mixture can’t be reused later.
Once I had the grout troweled on, I placed the mosaic tiles onto the chair. I actually had these 2 sheets of tile leftover from a pool remodel at our last house. Luckily, it was the perfect amount of tiles to cover the top.
You want to press the tiles down into the grout firmly, removing any air bubbles.
The next day, mix more grout as before and put a dollop of grout on top of the tile. Drag the rubber grout float on the tile at about a 45 degree angle.
To finish the edges I could have added wood trim all along these sides, which would have been nice, but this table is completely exposed to the elements and I worried it would rot.
So I just filled in the edges with grout, using my fingers. Trying to get it nice and smooth.
Once grout covers the tiles well, use a big sponge to wipe off the excess. Ringing the grout out in a water filled bucket.
You will need to do this several times.
The next day, I taped along the grouted sides and finished up the painting.
To give an extra layer of protection I applied a coat of Polycrylic to the whole thing, even the mosaic tile top.
Here’s a sneak peak at our “refreshed” outdoor space.
Looks pretty darn good for a chair doesn’t it? I’d love for you to follow along and check back and see the rest of this outdoor patio transformation. 🙂
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