Our back patio has been experiencing a wonderful transformation. From drab slab and grass to a inviting backyard retreat you actually can relax and enjoy.
Last time I mentioned our patio, I had converted a chair into table.
Remember this? You can see how to create your own chair-table here.
Today, we are focusing on the other side of patio and another comfy seat grouping. Having two seating areas is really nice, because sometimes one set is in the shade and sometimes the other. 😉
My thoughts are if we are entertaining, we can always bring the grouping together. But for every day, it’s better for the flow to the backyard to have them as two separate areas.
So, onto the table the other table.
I was browsing my local Salvation Army and found this interesting specimen. It’s actually an umbrellas stand.
But when I snapped this photo I had already converted it, in my mind a least, to a plant stand. 😉
Cool, right? A interesting plant stand for $8. Gotta like it.
But as I turned the corner to check out, I found an aluminum tray for $1 and thought, it’s a table!
I spray painted both out and this is the result.
Cute, but a little lack luster. I didn’t like how the ridges of the upside down tray held water and where are the beverages and maybe a snack going to go?
It sat unattached for about a week. Can’t explain why really. I couldn’t have known or even thought up what was going to happen next.
But then, it was garbage day and Tucker and I went on a run around the neighborhood.
In a new construction dumpster, I spied this perfectly cut piece of wood! Ah, hello! That could be anything. A clock? A tabletop??
I finished my run,
I may have picked up my pace at that point, grabbed my tall teenage boy and had him reach it out of the dumpster. Score!
After much brainstorming, I realized it needed to be the tabletop. Thank goodness for procrastination!
Much better don’t you think? More real estate for your beverages and even a snack!
I spray painted the tabletop to match the base and finished it with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic.
To attach the wooden round to the umbrella stand base, I cut 4 pieces of metal flashing with some heavy duty snips.
I folded the flashing in half,
because they were to wide to fit, making them extra sturdy.
Then I drilled a small pilot hole through the metal and added the screws.
In case you were wondering, when I was going to use the metal tray, I had planned to attach the top in a similar fashion, using epoxy to glue the metal straps over the stand’s wire loops.
A quick flip over and it was in place!
Now we are ready for summer!! And it’s super cute, right? All for $8 and a little paint. You can’t beat that.
Be sure to come again, the best transformation is yet to come in this backyard oasis. 😉
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