When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
I keep thinking of this phrase with our new outdoor table!
We live in a relatively new subdivision, and in a semi rural area. With the housing market the way that it is, we have several empty lots still around us. This translates to one thing:
You know, the people who load up their pickup truck or trailer, drive out here late at night and dump all their stuff in our neighborhood. (I know, because I've witnessed this a few times.)
My daughter was out riding her bike one afternoon, and came over to tell me that there was a new bit of trash in the field.
Oh great, I thought. Sure enough, a metal frame someone had tossed out. I was irritated.
Then, later that evening an idea struck, and I ran back out to retrieve it!
An outdoor industrial style table!
I actually snapped a picture of what it looked like before I pulled it out:
We went to work on it- some knotty pine, cut to fit cleanly on top. I stained it, added a coat of sealer for exterior use, and we added some nuts and bolts to secure it to the base.
And here it is in it's (almost) finished state!
Why 'almost'? We originally wanted to add industrial wheels to the legs. As you can see from the dumped picture, it had the plastic ones attached. I wanted the cool, industrial looking ones. It seemed like a simple plan that would be a no brainer, but once we got the original wheels off, nothing else fit! :(
It had a shallow peg that went through the leg, and nothing else has fit that we've found. We even considered welding it, but neither of us know how to do that, and weren't even sure that would work anyway.
It's still nice looking, just not the complete look I was going for.
We set it up on the back deck. I plan on using it primarily for a bar / serving area.
White sangria and a baguette with bruschetta anyone? :)
The fields all around our house are filled with purple flowers (weeds really, but still, pretty in masses) and these happy daisies.
The candle holder is a ceramic pot base, filled with sea glass and some shells. I topped it with a hurricane glass and candle.
The runner is some striped toweling I picked up from the fabric store.
The sides were already hemmed, and after washing it, the edges frayed. I like the fringe look it added!
The crate is one of several I have- all from Jon's dad. He was a farmer, and these crates were from his barns. I used them here for additional outdoor storage.
Here's a bigger view of the space with our new table.
We're still working on this area, but it is really coming together nicely. We've already enjoyed several warm evenings out here. The cool thing about this table is that it's low enough to flip around and use as a dining table! Multi use!
I mentioned before that we were wanting some privacy for the deck. We'd planned to get some bamboo to act as a screen, planted in pots. A couple days ago, my husband was getting ready to go look / purchase some. Would you believe that he got a phone call from a coworker who just happened to be clearing out some bamboo from his yard??!!
You can see the beginning stages of it in this photo:
We still have to purchase the pots, but our luck in making this a super thrifty area continues! :)
Finally, I added an area rug to the seating area. We used some seagrass beach mats- another freebie from my sister in law's moving / get rid of stuff- stuff.
These are hemmed in a turquoise cotton. I think it looks great, but we'll have to see if this idea sticks. Literally.
After using these for a couple days, we realized they are slicker than snot. So, while they look pretty, I'm not sure from a safety standpoint if it will work. What do you think? Any ideas on this?
Thanks for letting me show you the progress on our deck! I'd love to hear any ideas you have on adding the wheels to the table. I'm determined there is a way!!
Here's the cost break down of our table:
metal base: free
lumber for top: $15
nuts and bolts: 25 cents
Making lemonade out of lemons!
Today I'm out scouting a huge rummage sale in my city- hopefully I'll have some treasures to share with you tomorrow!
You can still link up your outdoor space at my Porch Patio and Deck linky party- it's open through Friday afternoon.