a little diy patio table

There is nothing better then enjoying your new patio and dahlias in full bloom.

Sitting outside and grilling.

We knew after the big patio installation we would want a table to sit and eat at outside. I mean, what is a patio without a table??

We searched for things that were a-nice looking (and found a few things…) and b-were in out budget (where the nice looking things were not located).

Back in the winter, Smith and Hawken was going out of business.  They were having massive sales and selling everything in their stores.  We picked up a few wooden store shelves for 5 bucks.  They were pretty, but could have used a good sanding.  We figured they would be good for something down the road….

Then, in the late spring, we pilgrimaged to IKEA.  For what I don’t remember.   I think I might have had a flight to NJ ..and since IKEA is so close to the airport….

Anyway, while there we stumbled across something in the as-is section.  It was a metal table bottom.  Perfect!  It had 8 holes on the top for your tabletop to screw into…. exactly like this one (retailing OVER $100 bucks)…

 

Best of all, it was only 25 bucks!

And then the patio table was born.

 

Here are the two sections as we were sanding them.  We sanded and then applied 3 coats of a polyurethane to seal the wood…

 

Then  we screwed two 2 x 4s to the bottom of the sections so that they would become one long tabletop.  Then we screwed the 2 x 4s through the holes in the IKEA base.

This is what we got….

For only 30 bucks …

+ a few screws + two pieces of a 2×4 (which we already had)…

And now, dining al fresco.

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