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DIY Inlay Table Top



Faux Inlaid Table 2

Hi Everyone, Is it Monday already? Bryan and I are just coming back from an extended holiday weekend at home. It was great but it flew by so quickly. After a few days of fun in the sun I was ready to do something a little creative.

Stained top Painted Bottom Table

Since Bryan replaced the old broken table top with a new wood one, I’ve been wanting to fix it up a bit by spraying the base a darker color. I bought a can of RustOleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint a few weeks ago meaning to get right on it, but it sat by waiting for me to find a non lazy time to take it on.

On Saturday I saw my opportunity, carried the table down 20 steps to the lawn and got to work spray a few thin and ever coats of the paint. It covered like a dream and I was feeling pretty self confident and feeling good about my accomplishment. I’ve been eyeing this DIY Live Edge table ever since I spied it on Pinterest here.

With the high of my accomplishment I thought, “Hey why stop there? Let’s redo the table top too while I’m at  it”, My edges were already router’d  but I was still loving the dark stain top. I dragged the sander of the shed and got to work removing the whiteish finish we had originally put on. I was on a roll.

I mixed up a little custom stain mix using approximately 3 parts Minwax Colonial Maple and 1 part Red Mahogany wiped it on and immediately I knew… I hadn’t sanded enough. It was a big fat fail.

Stain Miss

Hmm now what? I thought about it for a minute, tried to convince myself it wasn’t that bad, thought about it some more, asked Bryan’s opinion. You can guess what he said. Then started re-sanding. Making sure to get all of the finish off this time and then stained with the same mixture as before.

Sand the Table

Restain Table

It was looking better but it still had some weird blotchy marks all over the top. I turned to Pinterest again for some inspiration as to what to do with this table top and found this Pin. The inlay look has always been on of my favorites.

Inlay Table

I remembered seeing a few places that you could mimic the look of an inlay design by simply painting it on the top and finishing it off with some sealer. Viola instant look of inlay. Using the photo as my guide I drew out my basic pattern with chalk right onto the table top and began painting right over the chalk with Martha Stewarts craft paint in Wedding Cake.

DIY Inlay Table 2

Since I had used blue chalk to draw my lines a cool thing happened. The blue color of the chalk mixed with the white paint to add a fun shadow effect that I think works. Once I was finished, and the paint dried. It didn’t take long since it was 100 degrees in the shade that day.  I wiped away any remaining stray chalk lines with a damp cloth and sealed the whole thing with number of coats of polyurethane.

Faux Inlaid Table 2

I think the darker finish helps it pop off the white rails we just started painting, while the white design helps to tie the whole thing together. All in all I’m pretty happy with the progress we’ve made on the deck so far this year. It’s come a long way from the not so great before.

Deck Before

To the much better progress shots.

Deck Flowers 7

Target Stripe Ombre Pillows

DIY Inlay Table 4

Want to see more? Check out all our deck projects this summer right here.

DIY Project: $0 Side Table Makeover



Free Table Makeover

Remember the side table I found on the side of the road last week? I got it done over the weekend and worked completely with what I had on hand making this a $0 makeover. But let’s remember how it looked when I rescued it from the trash pile.

Found End Table copy

The table started out it’s lackluster life beat up and scratched sitting on the side of the road. I brought it upstairs and gave it a new home on our deck. I thought about what to do with it for for some time, elicited some reader ideas and even stared up at the spray paint section of Home Depot for at least 30 minutes pondering all the possibilities, nothing jumped out at me so I went home empty handed.

Spray Paint Collection

Valspar Spray Paint

My impatience to get this project started got the better of me which forced me to take a look on the shelf of our shed and found an old unused can of Valsper spray paint in a beautiful pale yellow color that by happy accident coordinated with one of the stripes in our ombre pillows.

Sand to Remove Finish

So I lugged the table downstairs and got down to business sanding it to a smooth finish, first with 100 grit sand paper to remove the finish then followed up with 250 grit sand paper to ensure everything was completely smooth. Note I forgot to attach the dust collector bag to the back of the orbital sander. Yes it took me a while to figure it out, I was COVERED in saw dust. I definitely should have taken a picture of the one, but alas you all will have to use your imaginations.

Staining a Table Top

Then I wiped the whole thing down with a tack cloth and applied 2 even coats of a mixture of Minwax Red Mahogony and Colonial Maple stain with a soft cloth. Letting the stain soak in then rubbing off and reapplying according to the directions.

Prime Table

After the table sat out overnight to completely dry I taped off the table top with newspaper turned the whole thing over and grabbed a leftover can of spray primer in the shed and sprayed 2 thin and even coats of primer over the entire table base waiting in between coats the time indicated on the directions, followed up with a light sanding with 800 grit sand paper and wiped down with a tack cloth to ensure a super smooth top coat.

Spray Paint Table Base

Then the whole process started all over again for the top coat, spraying multiple thin even coats until the entire table base was a nice buttery yellow color. Once dry I flipped the entire table over and added a numerous coats of satin polyurethane to the top of the table sanding between every few coats to get the smoothest finish possible.

Stained top Painted Bottom Table

Not only was this project completely quick and easy. It took about 2 hours over the course of 2 days.

Free Table Makeover

This found table got a makeover using stuff I already had in about 2 hours. If you had to buy the paint the project would come in around less than $20 for the spray paint, stain and sealer.

DIY Outdoor Side Table

Not too shabby for a $0 dollar makeover.

Help Me Transform This Found Table



I just found this end table on the side of the road.

Even though it’s technically not an outdoor table I’ve decided to give it a new home on my deck.

Found End Table

Since it’s free I’m thinking a coat of paint and some marine varnish could protect it nicely from the elements. If it doesn’t work and the table gets damaged then I won’t be heartbroken. If it does work then score one for some fancy curbside spotting.

Found End Table 1

I like that you can see the individual boards on the table it top makes it feel more like a picnic table to me. It could be fun with stripes on the table top to mimic the new pillows? Or I could cut the legs down a bit and us it as a coffee table, mixing things up a bit and breaking up our matching set?

Found End Table 2

Or perhaps in a cool turquoise, fun cobalt, navy blue or lime green color like our flower pots and  lanterns? Or maybe something more subtle and understated? Seriously all ideas are welcome.

So here’s where you guys come in. I need your help. I’m calling everyone to help me decide what to do with this curbside find. Yes that means you, all my regular commenters, sometime commenters, first time commenters, lurkers and newbies …this means you.

Leave your suggestions in the comments I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Ombre Pillow Talk



Target Stripe Ombre Pillows

On Saturday we went for a quick stop at Target to pick up birthday present for Nikolas’ three year old cousin. We eventually found a present but on the way to the toy aisle I found myself veering off the intended path (as I often do) and spotting the most fantastic coral and orange striped ombre pillows.

Target Stripe Ombre Pillows 2

Ombre and stripes…need I say more? I nearly died in the aisle at the gorgeousness of these pillows and they were on sale for $12.99 (unfortunately they’re not sold online or I’d give you a link 😉 ). Score. I thought about it for a quick second, eyed them up again, looked over my shoulder to see if anyone else had spotted them…stalking me about to fly in and snatch them up right under my nose.

Of course, I couldn’t let that happen so in the cart they went and I never looked back.

Target Stripe Ombre Pillows 4

They’re not advertised as outdoor pillows but I think that’s more about what they’re stuffed with rather than the fabric outside. It’s a durable feeling cotton canvas material and because I love them so much I’ve decided they are worth it to keep outside for the summer and bring them in at night and during chance of rain.

Target Stripe Ombre Pillows 3

Did I mentioned they also had a coordinating drink tray? The ex-waitress in me is jumping for joy. The added bit of color is just what I was looking for in this space. I’m loving them so far.

Anyone else make any recent awesome purchases lately. Do you get paranoid at someone might snatch it out of your hands when you find something you really love?  Have you been to Target recently? They had so many amazing things this past weekend I could have brought the whole store home with me.

Well that’s it for me today, talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

DIY Project: Deck Planter Boxes



Deck Boxes 1

Yup we’re on a mission to makeover our deck space into a great outdoor living space complete with new custom cushions, potted plants and now we are building a few deck planter boxes. But the plan to build didn’t always start out that way.

Deck Boxes 2

First we did a little research in the Planter box aisle of Home Depot. We found a couple nice options here and here, but at the potential cost of either $99 or $159 for each box (we need three) we were convinced we could build them more affordably.


1 x 6 pine boards
1 x 2 flat stock pine trim
Finishing nails
Paintable caulk
Exterior semi-gloss paint
Sand Paper

Miter saw
Finish Nail Gun
Electric Sander

The design is nothing more than a pine box with a a few trim pieces added to dress it up. Each board was cut straight across with the miter saw to the desired length, width and 1 board for the bottom of the box.

Deck Boxes 3

As Bryan was building he dry fit them together to make sure they all aligned evenly and scrap piece was placed inside to keep every nice and square while it was nailed together.

Deck Boxes 4

Then using the nail gun Bryan made made quick work of assembling the boxes together by first assembling the sides then attaching the bottom.

Deck Boxes 5

Once the boxes were all assembled we moved onto the top corner trim on three sides. Leaving the trim off the back side will allow the box to mounted tight to the deck rails. Carefully measuring and cutting a 45 degree angle to ensure a tight finished seam helps to dress up the end and cover any unfinished edges.

Deck Boxes 8

After trimming the tops and bottoms we finished it up with three square cut pieces nailed to the front of the box and one on each side.

Deck Boxes 9

Then we sanded the whole thing for a smooth painting surface, caulked the joints with a paintable exterior caulk and finished out the whole thing with a couple coats of Behr Ultra White Exterior paint in Semi-Gloss.

Deck Boxes 10

Finally we drilled a few drainage holes in the bottom of each box.  Now we just need to wait for the final coat of paint to dry, hang the boxes and plant some flowers. All in all it was a relatively easy project and came in around $70 for three boxes as opposed to the $300 minimum price for the same look.

Deck Rail Flower Boxes

Seriously, I love them and I can’t get enough of them. I even enjoy watering them in the morning as I leisurely sip a cup of coffee and enjoy the view.

The geraniums have been growing like little sun loving monsters on steroids. By the time I’m done typing this sentence I’m sure they will have grown 3 more feet ;-) If you would like to see all the details of how we built these guys click here.

I anxious to finish painting the deck rails white. Although, not so anxious to do it while it’s 100 degrees and sunny. At this rate it will probably be September before we get rolling (pun intended) on the painting again.

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