We didn’t have a picnic table last summer, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
We almost bought a moderately-discounted one at the beginning of the season, but it just seemed like a lot of money for a pile of wood and a few screws. I was certain we’d be able to get a better deal on one soon.
Well, fast forward three months later, and we still didn’t have a picnic table. They never did go on sale again, and I was too stubborn to give in. So at the beginning of this summer, you can bet we snatched one up at the first inkling of sale!
Once it was put together, I considered just staining the whole thing. But then I saw an inspiring photo on BetterAfter.net, and decided to try my hand at two-toning it.
After all, our porch and deck are two-toned — stain on the horizontal surfaces, white paint on the vertical posts and rails — so they should probably all match, right? (In my world, yes.)
I love projects that I can start and finish in a single afternoon, especially when I can use up materials we have on hand.
We’ve had some BBQ dinners outside on our new table so far, and it’s been great. We had absolutely no seating in our backyard before, so it’s nice to have a spot to sit down, chat with the neighbours, and watch the kids race around the yards.
This project may have another chapter, though. I’ve been thinking of adding something new to the center of the picnic table, like a monogram. I might cut out a paper stencil and paint it on with white, or possibly burn the design into the tabletop.
My husband has a soldering iron that I’d like to steal and mess around with — uh, I mean “that I’d like to borrow, use responsibly, and then carefully put back in its place.”