Some of you may remember my Grandfather’s old butcher’s table that I refinished and used as an outdoor buffet? I completed that project a few years ago before this blog even began and it has been a wonderful piece to use for outdoor entertaining or just to display fresh-cut flowers from my hydrangea and rose bushes.
It’s something how one can see the potential in a piece that was in the shape that this one was in, but when it belonged to someone as special as my Grandparent’s, I had no problem bringing life back to this old table that sat in their garage for many years. It was special to me and my Grandparents loved to entertain…and loved the color blue! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the table once I brought it home.
You can see it needed some work. This is what the top looked like before I refinished it the first time.
I originally finished the top with a Minwax stain called English Chestnut. It’s a beautiful shade and although I covered it with an outdoor polyurethane, it needed a new surface after sitting in the harsh weather the past few years. Like most outdoor pieces, it just needed a refresh.
Here’s another picture before the initial refinish started. I had paint samples all over trying to figure out which one I liked best. My choice was the top middle sample, Safe Harbor from Olympic Paints.
We also use this as a grilling station, which is why I added these hooks on the side. They are perfect for hanging the BBQ tools and this table is right by the grill so that makes it easy.
Last week I finally got around to sanding the original stain and finish, as best as I could anyway…
This time around, I went with Minwax’s Mission Oak in their PolyShades line. It’s a darker stain than the English Chestnut and I really liked the look of it with the turquoise painted base.
This is what it looked like after one coat. I ended up doing two coats and coating it with Polycrylic since it sounded like a more water resistant finish.
It definitely turned out darker than the first stain color, but I really like how it looks! I decided to pick up a few things at Target this season and they have some of the cutest pieces for entertaining!
I found the paper straws and banner in the Target Dollar Spot section….you know, that trap they have as soon as you walk into the store? I just can’t resist it. They had the cutest things for the summer, just like all the other cute things they have every season!
Everything I found was inexpensive but added so much to the look of my outdoor buffet. I also had to stop by our local bakery, A Little Something Sweet, and grab a half-dozen cupcakes. We always get a variety of flavors when we go there. I tried the Hummingbird (the one with the little blue bird on top) for the first time in this batch, and it was delicious! It had pineapple chunks and pecans….yum!
I guess I had to have a cupcake flavor to go along with my pretty pineapple napkin holder. My Grandfather made this years ago and my Grandma painted it. They were always making crafts like this. They made this many years ago for my Dad and Step-Mom and can you believe my Dad had this in with his yard sale items for 50 cents?! Good thing I found it and scooped it up before some one else at the yard sale did. My Dad didn’t make me pay the 50 cents though, so that made it easier for me to let go of the fact he put this in the yard sale. haha
Overall, I kept the look of the buffet the same, except for the chalkboard. I don’t know if I will add that back in or not. It seemed like a great idea at the time but I don’t do much with it and the chalkboard paint is starting to peel. Besides, when nothing was written on it, it kind of looked like a TV sitting on top. Who knows, I might bring it back again…still unsure. I do like the paper banner, though! I’m sure I’ll be looking around for one next year in the Target trap again.
Thanks to A little Something Sweet bakery for the delicious cupcakes! My kids and I enjoyed our little outdoor party…and the lemonade was refreshing!
Hopefully soon, my husband will have some BBQ from the smoker to pull apart and serve on our outdoor buffet! He always reads my blog posts, so….(hint, hint)
Buffet Paint Color: Safe Harbor- Olympic
Buffet Stain Color: Mission Oak PolyShades- Minwax
Napkins: Set of Four Summer Napkins- Target
Drink Dispenser: 2-Gallon Beverage Dispenser- World Market
Paper Banner and Paper Straws- Target Dollar Spot