In DIY Furniture, DIY Outdoor Projects

After I finished the outdoor sofa for my lanai, my family needed some accent tables because we are always out on the lanai, eating breakfast, drinking coffee after dinner, or just spending some time reading.  We really needed some places to put our stuff.

I did not want to spend a lot of money on these tables, so I decided to refurbish some old tables.  First, I decided to refurbish two old metal side tables that we hadn’t used for years.  Then, I found another metal side table at a local vintage market for $10.  My plan was to spray paint all the tables and then add a wood top to each one.

Project Plan:

Step One:

I spray painted the tables.  My wife wanted fun, bold colors since we live in Florida, and that’s normal down here.

Step Two:

I added wood tops to the tables using adhesive.

For the two metal tables, I used some tongue and groove cypress boards a friend from church gave me, and I used adhesive to glue the wood to the metal table top.  Then, I used cypress boards to make the trim pieces around the edge.

For the tall side table, I cut small slats from the same cypress board I used to make the trim of the other two tables.   Then I used adhesive to glue the slats to the top of the table.

Step Three:

Sand and stain.  I used Behr Semi-Transparent Cape Cod Grey outdoor stain. 

This project was quick and easy, but the tab les add exactly what we needed for our lanai. 

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