March 23, 2012

Reclaimed Wood Tabletop {Plus Porch Makeover!}




I'm so excited to share with you my reclaimed wood tabletop AND porch makeover! Round 2 of American Crafter (Kid-themed projects) was really tough. My goodness, people did some cute, creative and complicated things! I was lucky to land among the top 6 contestants, but it was a close one!

I found out on Monday and I was pretty stumped as to what my Spring-themed project should be for Round 3. My hubby worked from home that day, so I was able to sneak away to my favorite thrift shops and retail stores for inspiration, but I returned home no closer to an idea. And, then, as I was driving down my street, I saw our neighbors had discarded two large (6-foot by 4-foot) sections of fencing. I hurried home and demanded asked kindly that my hubs go snag them for me.

And, because he's such a nice guy, he obliged.

(But, because he's not one to be ordered around, he waited 30 full minutes to do it! Oh, the anxiety!)

Lucky for us, he was successful! And, that abandoned fencing was the root of this porch makeover. 


Our porch has always been the neglected space in our home. As newlyweds (and living in a rental), we purchased an inexpensive metal and frosted glass outdoor table from Home Depot. It made the trip to this current home and was placed on our porch. We haven't visited with it much, since. The big problem is it always looks dirty, even after I give it a good wipedown (which, let's face it, isn't that often). The frosted glass is just icky. Yes, I said icky. 

For my AC challenge, I decided to make a new top for my icky table using the found (and, therefore reclaimed by me) wood planks. My inspiration was this reclaimed wood table from Restoration Hardware. I love the mix of worn and imperfect wood and sleek metal.

Of course, I couldn't JUST make a new tabletop, no, I had to give my drab and neglected back porch a fresh, new look to go with the new table. Spring has official sprung on that little 16x12 foot section of concrete. 


Mason Jar/Recycled Glass Vase Tutorial HERE
Happy, Yellow Art Tutorial HERE


TODAY I'll show you how I took an icky, frosted glass-topped table and turned it into a not-at-all-icky wood-topped table.

And, you'll try not to judge me for the ickiness of my "before" photo. Right??

(okay, you can judge me a little.)


Here's how I got'er done (oh geez, who invited the Texan?):


Got it?

Oh, you want details? Okay.

I started with my fence pieces. On Tuesday, while the hubs was at the office, I spent my little one's entire nap hammering out rusty nails and taking apart the fence.

I got half way done.

Then the hubs got home and finished the task for me.

It took him 9.3 minutes. To finish the entire second half.

Proving that I could have, instead, spent my daughter's nap watching Khloe and Lamar doing...whatever it is Khloe and Lamar do, and, I would have only been 9.3 minutes behind schedule.

Lesson learned.

After the planks were nail free, I aligned them just so and my hubby chopped off 12 inches from their length with his circular saw. My 40-inch, square table is now a 60x42-inch, rectangular table. In case those sorts of details excite you.

We then removed the frosted glass insert and replaced it with three wood planks, that we bolted to the inner lip of the table. To those support pieces, we were able to nail in our planks (from underneath, to hide the nail heads).

I then gave it a very good sanding, stained it with Dark Walnut and coated it with two layers of glossy, outdoor-approved polyurethane.

Not only does our new table look great, we can seat two extra people!


So, who wants to come over for a patio-warming party?? ;-)

Update: Yay, I won Season 4 of American Crafter! Such an honor!

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61 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I'm jealous & want one of my own :) Nice job, I love all the extra decor as well!

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  2. Ok, that's it! I'm moving in! I love this and I want everyting!
    Debbie

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  3. So awesome, Emily! I just voted for yours...because it is totally awesome...and you rock. Great job!!!

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  4. Wow! So inviting and fresh and fun! I just voted for you!

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  5. Oh my goodness, Emily. I can't put into works how amazing this is! I'll bring dessert to the porch warming party. Just tell me when and where!

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  6. Emily I love it! It's really something different than what we've been seen around! Well done!

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  7. Em!! It looks AWE to the SOME :) Love it!!

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  8. This is fabulous, and I am loving it! I just voted for you my friend!

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  9. hey, Emily! Truly a drab to fab project! Headed over to vote for you... and then I'll be by for the patio party. :)
    Happy Friday!

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  10. LOVE this SOO much its not even funny! Its like right out of a pottery barn magazine!!

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  11. So nice!!! It looks awesome! Great work!!!

    -Katie

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  12. Wowee zowee! That is a makeover. This craft competition is going to make for a pretty amazing living space for you and your family!. Love it!

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  13. Woohoo! Looks a million times better, and what an affordable fix-up! Thank you so much for the tutorial, as it will come in handy!!!

    Gabby
    The...Late, Young Family

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  14. Just voted for you!! This is awesome!!

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  15. So beautiful! I kinda want to send Joe out to roam the streets in search of a fence...

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  16. Oooh it looks awesome!! And I really love the mason jars on the wall. Such a fun little outdoor spot!

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  17. I LOVE the makeover!!! Love love love it!! I love the table so much but loved all of the decor! You were hard at work this week!

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  18. I absolutely love this table and the whole makeover...can't wait to see the mason jar details...I love that you put them in empty frames. :)

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  19. What a beautiful job! Absolutely love your style!

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  20. I love your style too and I am dying to see the rest of your home:)

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  21. On my way over for a patio-warming! I also succumb to Khloe and Lamar, it's mindless fun, which is just what naptimes are for (clearly not for chores!). I voted for this project in Round 3, I think you're going to go far!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  22. I love the table! What a great idea. I love everything!

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  23. Looks great!!! Love the look of it!! I will head on over and vote for ya!

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  24. What a great makeover! Your porch looks so bright and cheerful now!
    Amy @ http://yellowhouseon3rd.blogspot.com

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  25. Fantastic! Before I read your post my thought was it looks like something from RH. I can't stand glass tables outside, but this make over makes me want to keep my eyes pealed for a good deal. Thanks for linking up!

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  26. THIS IS FABULOUS!! Everything about it! Please come redo mine!!!

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  27. what a fabulous job - looks amazing!

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  28. SO stinkin' cute! Great job!!

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  29. Your porch looks great! Isn't it funny how one project always leads to more and more? Great job!

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  30. This is an amazing transformation!! And I can not wait to learn how you strapped those vases onto the wood.

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  31. Such an impressive makeover! I always love the colors and styles you choose-love the reclaimed wood and pops of color! Great job :)

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  32. Looks great, and I'm so surprised that the wood is old fence wood. Usually by the time they're ready to be replaced there's not much hope for them.

    Nikki @ the ambitious procrastinator

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  33. I love this makeover and everything about it! You gave an ordinary table so much character and that's the beauty of reclaimed wood. Amazing job!

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  34. Love it! I've been considering something similar for a coffee table for my front porch. Yours looks great!

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  35. Completely adorable!

    Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  36. Ok... now you've done it... I'm in LOVE with that table. I don't have a dining table on my patio but I do have a little glass top coffee table out there... and some pallets just waiting for a new project... :) Your new patio looks so fun and inviting I wish I could come over!

    Tania

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  37. I love this-what a totally new look to the whole space!! Following you from TDC-glad I found you-stop on over sometime!!

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  38. Wow, that looks stunning! What a small amount of things but a HUGE impact! I just love it!!

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  39. Wow!!! Your patio looks gorgeous. I love the table and all the yellow accents.
    Ruth

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  40. I just stumbled upon your blog from another that I follow (can't remember who cos the tab just shut LOL) Anyhow I loved reading it and I love what you did on the porch! Now your newest follower and I am just about to leap over and vote!

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  41. That's just fabulous! We have a dirty little glass topped table on our patio {we live in a wind tunnel, that picks up dirt from Utah and deposits it here in Colorado, Ugh} but then everything on our patio is, oh well. Love your porch and the pops of color!

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  42. You have really inspired me do something with our outdoor seating area. I think just about everyone has one of those icky tables! Thanks for sharing it looks amazing.
    Amy@homehapppyhome

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  43. You are SO stinking talented, Emily! Seriously girl, I love every single project you do, and I do not say that lightly!

    You rock!

    `Abbie

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  44. OH MY is that the cutest thing I have ever seen. GREAT job, that space is to die for.

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  45. I have an old patio table that could use this treatment. I found it on the curb of my neighbors and we dragged it home. The glass is frosted, gross and is warped. I copied your picture for my house idea files and going to show it to my husband. I have huge closet doors that I saved. Maybe I can use that. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Love the little planters on the wall! Great transformation! -Jessica@GreenPB&Js

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  47. This is to stinking cute. I love the vases in the frames. What a great job. I would love it if you showed it off at my new linky party @ Kampenlane.com.

    I can't wait to see what else you create.

    ~Taylor

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  48. Of course I love the yellow - (see my logo?) and the wood was amazing. I went to this article because I'm currently working on a desk redo with an antique breakfast table. You are much more adventurous than me. so I'll let you know when mine is done, k? Renae

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  49. Hi, I justs found your blog, and I must say, what a transformation! Love, love, love that table! And the rest of your decor is just icing on the cake! Oh, and...I just became your newest follower, yay! I would be SO appreciative if you would follow me back! Thanks a bunch!

    Oh, and I hope you gave your husband a great big hug for getting you that "table", regardless of how many pieces it came in, lol!

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  50. You know I love, love, love this space! So happy you linked it up, I hadn't forgotten just how awesome it really is!! (And thanks for sharing the party link, you're the bomb!!)
    Karah

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  51. That is a fantastic transformation! The table just totally changes the entire look of everything. I love the mason jar planters, too!

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  52. You know I love that reclaimed wood table and porch makeover ... I did vote for you too at the crafters competition!

    ... so happy you shared with us at our Great Outdoors link party!

    :)

    Linda

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  53. Emily,

    Your table is amazing! Restoration Hardware....watch out! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to our party.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  54. Hi Emily!! You know I love this project, so much so, I'm featuring it on Tuesday. Sorry for the early notice but I'll be on vacation this week and wanted to be sure to let you know. Thank you again for linking it up!!

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  55. Your wood works are very impressive. You did a great job in making compelling furniture and other projects using those woods. I'm sure that you have some tools like router bits that aid you in accomplishing your projects. Anyway, I love the table. It's simply amazing.

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