Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Grain Sack Patio Table Makeover
This has been another week of spinning my wheels. Every project I have needs to have a missing part replaced. Tables without tops, chairs without seats, and chairs without backs. None of them are particularly difficult projects, it's just lining up the needed parts to complete the job.
My friend purchased this cute patio piece at the flea market and it was missing its top. I'm sure it was a glass top. I kept insisting she let my husband make a top for it out of scrap wood, but not wanting to bother him with her projects, she gifted the piece to me. My husband is used to being bothered with my projects so I had no trouble asking for help.
Of course, we had scrap wood on hand so he cut a piece to fit inside the lip of the table where the original top once sat. I couldn't bear to leave the top plain so I wanted to add some details. I love red and white in a cottage garden and I am in heavy duty grain sack mode so I decided to give this a little striping detail.
I've had major problems lately with paint lifting from wood tops when I go to stripe so I have been using this invaluable stencil. I found it at a yard sale, but I have seen this very stencil in the craft stores even recently. I tape off the width of the stripe I want to paint, then I move the stencil to catch the parts that were missed. This is not necessary on fabric because the tape method on fabric works the best.
If you happen to come across a piece like this and you don't want to invest in glass and you don't have a handy husband, Home Depot and Lowe's will cut your wood to size if you give them the measurements. Because my piece was perfectly aged with chippy white paint, I sanded my top way back to make it look worn. Below is the picture of my naked little table before I dressed it in the latest grain sack design.
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