Another little project

A little over a week ago I did my patio chair makeover test, where I covered a bleh metal chair with cedar to give it new life. At that same time I started another project that although was smaller in scope, it took a bit longer.

Our small tiled table on the deck (which I built several years ago and updated in 2011) did not make it through the winter (I really should have covered it), and sort of disintegrated. No worries, I have a quick fix in mind!


The metal base of the table is fine (that rust isn't a problem)... just needed a new top. This smaller pre-made wooden round would make a  nice bistro table, and was less than $10! (I had to work on it in the garage because it was raining every day...)

It also needed a bit of color...

...and several coats of outdoor polyurethane to make it weatherproof.

It's semi-glossy so was difficult to photograph because of sky reflection...

...but it looks great next to the blooming 'Sweet Summer Love' clematis!

It was a simple solution to the table problem, and fits our needs perfectly.

Since we're up on the deck, why not take a look at the progress of the deck planters? Remember that I was focusing on space-saving pots like these ovals...

...and the former toilet tank...

...which might be my favorite planter up here right now. Such a great shape! (Which reminds me that it's trash day and I should go drive around looking for more of these...)

I wanted to raise the mint planter up a bit, but now I'm not sure that it needs to be:

These plants have all grown so much in the past 4 weeks since I first showed them to you!

Another look at Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love' :

It is planted in the ground below but has climbed up here where there's more sun. I'm so glad as I wouldn't see the blooms if it were confined to under the deck. Really nice!

How are your summer projects coming along?


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Lisa  – (June 25, 2015 at 9:04 AM)  

Your planters are gorgeous! And really nice table, too!

Mark and Gaz  – (June 25, 2015 at 9:49 AM)  

Love the table, fabulous shade and with polyurethane it looks like a banana leaf print!

Alan  – (June 25, 2015 at 9:50 AM)  

Thanks Lisa! I just realized the contradiction of planting space-saving pots with plants that will trail all over the deck...

Alan  – (June 25, 2015 at 9:56 AM)  

Mark/Gaz: I didn't notice that, but yes, it does!

sue  – (June 26, 2015 at 12:07 PM)  

Alan, I was delighted to read there was an outdoor form of polyurethane, I didn't know it existed. I have a similar outdoor wood project that would benefit greatly with a coat of it. Could you tell me the brand and where you bought it, so I can try to find it in my part of the country? Thanks!

Patricia C  – (June 26, 2015 at 8:13 PM)  

that color is a wowzer. nice job. also, I need 2 bases like that for a project...

outlawgardener  – (June 27, 2015 at 12:52 AM)  

Great job on the table! I looks great as do your glorious pots. Amazing how fast they've filled in since you first showed them!

Alan  – (June 29, 2015 at 8:02 AM)  

Sue: Several companies make it, but it's labeled as "spar urethane". It doesn't last forever (like anything outdoors) but that depends on your climate, exposure, and the type of wood.

Patricia: check craigslist for restaurant supplies. That's where I'd start if I needed another.

Peter: Thanks! The question becomes how long to let the sweet potato vines grow. They're getting out of hand.

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