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DIY Patio Table & Staining

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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.

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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!

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 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!

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See how this table was built here.

26 thoughts on “DIY Patio Table & Staining

  1. Where did you get those chairs? Im looking for similar ones and can’t find anything in the price range you mentioned!

    1. Hi Sarah, I got the chairs at our local Big Lots early in the season. I’m sure that if they still have them, that they are even cheaper now :)

  2. You did a fantastic job with the table. Your entire patio looks fabulous. Love all of the details. So warm and inviting. THanks for sharing at The Creative Circle! Hope to see you this week!

  3. Always know you can send me a preview of any and all of your wonderful projects…I would be honored to give my opinion because you know it to be brutally honest, ha !!
    Brown belongs in certain area’s of our lives and you did a bang up job with this rich stain which will get darker with the polyurethane. You bring it all together with your understated elegance and that’s why you my friend belong in “Home & Garden” !

  4. Ohhh myyyy…it came out wonderful !! You guys are so very clever and I love the cost…set’s go for crazy money and are so overpriced !! I love the chairs and the loveseat that you did over is just beautiful !
    It’s so inviting and unique…not the run of the mill patio set’s you see everywhere !! I know your the type that loves to change it up all the time so it was super smart not to put the umbrella hole in it, so it can be used elsewhere in the future. You amaze me with your talent and style :)

  5. Karen, this is amazing! You are truly a talented gal and you never cease to impress me with your projects and style. I am glad we reconnected! :-)

    1. Thank you so much Shellie! It means so much to me that you took the time to stop by and say such sweet things! I’m really happy you enjoy the blog :)
      Karen

  6. Your table looks great, Karen! And I love the big tray you have sitting on it. (Is it galvanized metal?) You created a very inviting space there.

    1. Lol! Christie, you are more than welcome to come on by!! I got that rug because the grass grows through the brick on that patio and drives me nuts! I figured the rug would at least cover some of it :)

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