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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Patio table transformation!

If you are anything like me, you don't turn down free stuff, especially if it is something you can up cycle into something fabulous!   I have had a cedar patio table for years.  I have moved it around a time or two. Before that it was at my inlaws lake house on the pier.  It never had real chairs, just those plastic stacking chairs.  I had spray painted the chairs a time or two as well.  We recently switched some outdoor furniture from our weekday home to our weekend house.  I was still left with that hand me down cedar table.......

That table got a makeover or rather a "transformation" into something I think is fabulous!
That sweet patio sideboard looked like this at 11:00 this morning...
At 11:30, I told my hubby, "I have a brilliant idea!  Go get the saw!"
 We adjusted the back two legs closer to the middle of the table. Sawed the back third of the table top off.  Flipped it 90 degrees and screwed it in place.  I sanded down the rough weathered grain and sprayed Thompson's water seal over the whole thing.  It still had the umbrella hole...perfect for the Tikki torch!

We ate dinner on the patio at 6:30!  Most of the afternoon was spent fluffing the patio!
Wonderful evening with my family.

My son cooked steaks on the grill.  The grill is the other project that was going on today.  It still has some work to be done on it... I will put that in another post when it is finished completely.
The fire pit got transformed two years ago from a Koi pond.  I couldn't keep fish in it....the owls and raccoons would get them!  I hated cleaning the filter anyway!

I think its fabulous!   I had so much fun seeing an idea come to life!
Linking up to these parties:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through LIfe
Wow Us Wednesday


  1. Brilliant transformation! I love it and your patio looks wonderful!

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  2. Well, you are definitely a genius. I absolutely love this idea. Now I really want an old table. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  3. WOW!!!!This lookks sooooo cool! LOVE your patio and firepit:)Such a cute blog Im following you now! Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

  4. What a creative transformation. I just love it. Now I am going to have to keep my eyes open for an old table because I have the perfect spot for one :)

  5. How did you turn your koi pond into a fire pit? My friend just bought a house and it had a koi pond with no fish and it was kind of disgusting. She drained it and wants to transform it into a fire pit, but we're not sure how to go about it. Can you give me some detailed steps?

  6. I love your idea; the folding style is really impressive. Me too, i would like to put a small table in my garden, to spend some good time with my grandchildren, but I'm not really an expert on this subject then I asked a friend for advice rather expert and he immediately recommended seeing this link: http://www.archiexpo.com/architecture-design-manufacturer/outdoor-table-2117.html . And I'm really surprised to see the number of outdoor tables displayed on this site. I found the table that I needed and I'm so happy!

  7. Hi! I came across your fire pit transformation on Pinterest. I actually have a koi pond that I have been wanting to turn into a fire pit, but am not sure how to go about it. Could you tell me a bit about how you did it? Thanks!

  8. Hi there! My name is Anne and I'm with HouseLogic.com. I wanted to ask your permission to use your lovely fire pit image in an upcoming article on DIY fire pits. Can you please send me an email? I would love to explain more. You can reach me at aarntson [a] houselogic [dot] com. Thank you.

  9. It would be nice if you have a beautiful koi pond near the patio

    koi fish

  10. I have been browsing online more than three hours these days, yet I never found any attention-grabbing article like yours.