Happy Thursday Friends!
I’m back today with the update on the DIY Patio Table my husband and I worked on a few weekends ago. You can see that post here if you missed it.
The last three weeks, the weather here has been hit or miss, but I finally managed to get the patio table stained. Inspired by a set that I saw in a store, I wanted a rich dark brown, so I used Varathane Wood Stain in Kona.
I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bit nervous that I would really mess it up. And although I definitely didn’t do a perfect job (I learned that you can’t really “touch up” stain like you can paint) it wasn’t as hard as I had anticipated, and I’m pretty satisfied with it. Mind you, I haven’t done the urethane top coat yet, but not bad for my first full size staining project.
I also changed up the seating a bit from what I had originally planned on using. I had totally forgotten that I had a patio love seat on the other side of the house that we have had for a few years, and it wasn’t really being used. A light bulb went off when I was contemplating buying new cushions for it, and I realized it was just the right size for the new DIY patio table. I felt so smart.
It was actually a different color brown than what I needed, it was more of a caramel brown and a bit sun faded, so I checked out my spray paint stash (yup) and had just the right color. Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover in Espresso. I have no idea what I bought that color for, but it was perfect for this. I spray painted the love seat to match, bought a few new cushions and it was ready to go!
It can easily be built in one afternoon and the stain I used dries in one hour. The next sunny day we have, I will add a protective layer of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Clear Satin to protect it from all the rain we get here, and it will be done.
A rough total would be around $150 for the supplies to make the table and stain it, and then I spent $120 on the chairs. Much less than buying a six person table & chair set, so we are calling this a bargain y’all!
See how this table was built here.