Nice weather means Alfresco dining! Today I'm sharing with you a fun little project that I took on for one of my clients.
The original table had a glass insert, and while she and her husband were moving it, the glass broke. Such a bummer. We bounced several ideas around. My client wanted something durable, that wouldn't break, and would do well with the weather as well. Some ideas were to do a tile insert, faux tile vinyl, or wood. The tile was a no for a couple reasons. One, it would be heavy, and two, the metal table was slightly flexible, so the grout would break. The vinyl was a no simply because it would fade in the summer sunlight. That left us with wood.
I chose a kiln dried redwood for the top. It turned out so lovely!
First I secured a piece of plywood to the bottom to allow a place to secure the wood planks. Using glue and nails, I secured the outer frame of the top. I chose to miter the corners. I personally love this look. Once the frame was built, I secured it to the table and plywood.
Next it was time to lay the planks down and secure. I screwed the into place from the under side of the table top. The center plank was run through the table saw and cut to size.
Once everything was in place, I sanded the whole top, and then stained and sealed it. The stain color I chose is one of my favorites from MinWax, called Provincial. It's just a nice warm brown, and one of my main go-to stains.
Now that everything was sealed, it was time to cut the hole for the umbrella. Using the circular saw, we were able to cut the perfect hole! I purchased a plain black plastic grommet to finish the hole off nicely. And the table was finished!
I think the wood top was the perfect choice for this lakeside cabin!
Have a great day!