Hi! Emily here again from The Wicker House!
Today I wanted to stop in and share this picnic table I recently made over.
I have always dreamed of having a picnic table in my backyard.
A place where my family can gather around and enjoy meals together in the summer time.
Well for my birthday last month, my sweet mother-in-law gave me one.
She bought this one at Lowes and had them put it together.
It’s perfect, now I have outdoor dining & it was under $100.
Because the table is a raw wood, it is meant to be painted or stained.
I thought it over and then decided to stain mine.
I figured I could always paint it later if I choose to.
The first thing I did to the table was give it a good sanding with my hand sander.
Then after trying out a few different samples of stain on a piece of scrap wood,
I came up with the perfect layer of stain.
(I used the same stain on my picture ledges here)
I first applied the Rust-Oleum Driftwood stain to the table.
I gave it two coats, letting it dry between coats.
As you can see, the driftwood stain gives the wood a nice light gray base color.
I then applied the Minwax special walnut stain on top of the gray, allowing the gray to show through.
It looked beautiful!
However, the night after I applied the stain………it rained!!!
And I did not have my table covered.
The next morning I started wiping off the water, but I guess I wiped too hard
because it took off some of the stain.
To fix it, I had to do a little extra sanding here and there and then apply a few extra coats of stain, leaving my table a bit darker than I had originally planned.
In the end, I was still happy with my table’s makeover.
The last thing I did was apply two coats of Minwax clear sealer to the table….
keeping it safe from the rain.
I think the picnic table looks so much more refined.
It’s hard to believe that it cost under a hundred dollars.
We have really been enjoying the new outdoor dining, especially now that it is spring.
The weather has been so nice and the trees are all in bloom.
The lanterns hanging from the trees are a favorite of mine. They are solar powered and light up at night. These were a gift from an uncle who sells them in his store;
Backyard Birds, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The table is pretty, the lanterns are fun, but I think the biggest highlight in the backyard are the white blooms on this tree. I look forward to them every spring.
They are breathtaking!
I’m looking forward to more time spent outdoors with my new picnic table.
Thanks for reading.
Thank you Emily! I love that picnic bench from Lowe’s, I have been eyeing one myself, it’s perfect for outdoor dining and all of the activities that come with having little ones! And you can’t beat that price!!!
Have a beautiful day friends!