Outdated Patio Set Rustic Makeover

Deb Foglia
by Deb Foglia
12 Materials
3 Hours

Patio furniture can be quite pricey! Especially for new homeowners who have spent tons of money already on buying new furniture and filling up all the extra rooms in a home after coming from an apartment, bachelor pad, or mom and dad's house. We were facing that reality last year as it was our very first summer in our home. We thought we were just going to have to skip on entertaining in our backyard for a while. Until we received a hand me down table from a relative who no longer needed it.

We were absolutely grateful for the hand me down and we made it work all last summer. This summer I got that itch to get creative outside and start adding some more personal touches to the back deck. I truly dreamed of a french rustic cafe space. The glass table and gray and white 90's style seating just wasn't doing it anymore. And then I got this crazy idea to go and purchase a black and white striped umbrella (which I LOVE) and you know that could never possibly work with gray and white striped chairs. So a little imagination and I knew this table and chairs could work with just a little DIY help!

Materials: Black Spray Paint Pressure Treated Wood Stain Liquid nails Nails Sander/sandpaper Hole Saw 2" (applied to drill to create hole for umbrella) Spray paint chairs and table frame. Tip: Be sure to spray paint fabric both sides. Build frame using planks size of table. Be sure to create frame slightly larger than table to be able to slide table top right on top.

We had a few hiccups on this project (as you will be able to read in the blog post) The wood we purchased was not perfect and we had made some small mistakes that we had to work around. I say every mistake makes it more rustic : )

See 45 degree angles on outside for "unique look" this was suppose to be picture frames cuts to create a nice clean corner...these are areas we had to think on our toes and make it work...and it does!

Sand the table and add stain and seal. I decided just to use a little dark wax to give a more distressed look. I feel sometimes poly turns the color yellow so I prefer a wax (don't recommending a wax though) Poly would for sure seal this table much better. Once table is complete use the hole saw to cut a hole in the center for umbrella.

Add adorable striped umbrella to complete the look!

You have to see the new Makeover I did on this table this year! Check it out!

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  • Jo Jo on Jul 27, 2021

    How do the mesh chairs hold up being sprayed?

  • Jo Jo on Jul 27, 2021

    Not really sure if I will do it but I have a bunch set just like that,probably wait till price of lumber goes down, Lol.Do you remove the glass first?

  • J9558272721 J9558272721 on May 27, 2022

    How did you secure the new wood table top to the glass table?

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  • Maria Maria on Aug 05, 2021

    Very nice Good job I love the umbrella

  • Emily Harris Emily Harris 2 days ago

    So nice!