Let the Sun Shine in #spring2020refresh

5 Materials
$40
3 Hours
Medium

We have a lovely large backyard at vacation home in the south. I have always enjoyed the dining room but felt that it lacked Open bright and wonderful view of the backyard. I previously had to put the patio chairs and table under the carport in the front of the house. So it was time for our outdoor spring redo!

it was time to hire the professionals to put in a new door and patio for me. But I had plans for the dining area to the new back patio.

Pre dining to back yard

Dining before slider

As you can see from the pictures, there was a large window to look at backyard, No access to the backyard unless you went out the front or the carport and walked around.There was a pass-through between the kitchen and the dining room area with Formica counter that ran the length of wall which was useless and took up space.

Dark and small space

Partition wall between kitchen and dining

The contractors had to remove the Formica counter to install slider door. The contractor said that he could cut that Formica counter down and replace but I wanted something new.

Now it was time to figure out what I was going to do with my bar area

Slider installed

Now it was time to figure out what I was going to do with my bar area

Time to shop for ideas

Supports still in-tacked

Time to shop for ideas, I knew I did not want to replace the formica countertop so I started going to antique Mall’s and hardware stores for anything to give me ideas.

I purchased this9 foot pecan slab nine footer at an antique mall that was moving

Pecan slab

I purchased this pecans slab at an antique mall that was moving, so they discounted it 20% down to $32 for the whole slab. I’m super excited and the hardest part was figuring out how to get it in the small car! But I did it

Next step was to stop by Harbor freight and buy a cheap saw a palm sander and some paint brushes

Before discount

Next step was to stop by Harbor freight and buy a cheap saw, a palm sander, and some paint brushes since I didn’t have these down there.

I measured my opening to the bar area

Cut to opening

I measured my opening to the bar area only, I didn’t want to run it the length of the wall like the Formica countertop had been. Once I had it cut to size I took the palm sander and sanded down the top and as much as I could of the live edge without ruining it.

Once I laid it in place and attached it back to the L brackets and the shelf bracket

Adding polyurethane

All I had to do now is apply my polyurethane, I chose to do three coats because this is a vacation home and I wanted it to be durable.

I absolutely love how it turned out

Final shot of my wonderful backyard

It actually opened up my dining room to my backyard and now we can enjoy the wonderful patio and the sliding glass door.

Close up of live edge

Here is the final project

Final patio

As you can see it is being utilized already. The has been a wonderful transition and will have many more wonderful spring days here. Hope you enjoy and let me know your thoughts.

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
20 Easy Concrete Projects You Absolutely CAN Do!
These Herb Garden Ideas Will Make You Want To Start One Of Your Own
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know

Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

2 of 14 comments
Your comment...