Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday in Suburbia: Enjoying Patio Weather

The past few week of fall weather have been glorious.  This is the time of year in Georgia where outdoor spaces are enjoyable rather than miserably hot.  Last time the weather was pleasant for outdoor dining we were still in our apartment with our tiny courtyard view patio...and our mosaic tile patio table that started to bite the dust only a few short months after purchase.  The husband was ready to dump this table before we moved into the house...not so fast mister...that metal frame is salvageable!
Patio at Our Old Apartment
Rather than have the moving guys have to deal with glass tiles falling out everywhere, I disassembled this guy while still on our postage stamp sized patio.  Ugh I do not miss it.  {Or the obnoxious Alabama fans that lived below us.}  The photos make it look good - it was so much worse in person.  Not to mention annoying when glass tiles were falling out every time it was bumped.  Also not good for Chloe, who kept trying to eat the grout.  {Poor dog, she is a cutie, but lacking in the smarts department.}

Discolored Tiles, Cracking Grout
Tiles Falling Out & Rusted Metal Frame
With a few extra boards lying around from the indoor console table and bathroom mirror frame I decided to buy a few more in varying sizes and do a super simple plank table with a warm stain.  I used Minwax English Chestnut 233 with a satin finish polyurethane.  See my chevron console table for tips on prepping and staining.
Staining the Boards
New Boards inset in Existing Frame

Next on the outdoor list?  Sewing a few outdoor pillows for the bench and the swing down below the deck.

TDC Before and After


  1. I really love this! So creative. I found you through DIY Project Parade. I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest! Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily

  2. Cute! Have to check out some more of your blog - I love how you saved your dog from a death by grout ;-)

    Anja @

  3. Hello! I’m stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick