Let the Sun Shine in #spring2020refresh

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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.

Dining before slider
Pre dining to back yard

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.

Partition wall between kitchen and dining
Dark and small space

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.

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

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

Supports still in-tacked
Time to shop for ideas

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.

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

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

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

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.

Cut to opening
I measured my opening to the bar area

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.

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

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.

Final shot of my wonderful backyard
I absolutely love how it turned out

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
Final patio
Here is the final project

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.

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