I completed this project last spring and featured it on my old blog. I thought I would post it now although it’s a little early for outdoor entertaining…but now that the holidays are over, warmer weather is on my mind! I’m hoping this project might inspire you to find good use for old pieces that some might consider landfill material. This table was even turned down by auctioneers who thought it wasn’t worth trying to sell. Now might be the time check out that old table you’ve stored away in the basement or find one cheap at a second-hand store. This time of year, many people are getting rid of things around their house as well, so you might find something really inexpensive…or even free. Either way, if an outdoor buffet is something you would consider after looking over my project (and seeing how easy it was), now might be the time to start searching for a piece to complete your project.
I consider this old table a special piece. It belonged to my Grandfather who was a butcher and used this table to store his equipment. I have lots of memories of this table that sat outside the door entering their house from the garage. He built this table years ago with some 2×4 boards, a plywood top trimmed with quarter round, and a board made of pressboard at the bottom. When my Grandparent’s house sold last year I was so happy my family let me have it…I saw the potential it had even though it was not in very good shape.
I went a little wild on the paint samples…can you tell I’m indecisive?
I knew exactly where I wanted to put it and what I wanted to do with it. I thought it would be nice to have a serving area for foods and beverages when we have a family gathering at our house. I also wanted it close to the grill so my husband could keep his grilling tools and cutting board. I went to Lowe’s before I began my project and found the perfect color…after trying quite a few samples. The color I chose is called Safe Harbor by Olympic and I bought the Exterior Self-Priming paint.I still primed it before I began since I had to fill in so many holes in the legs of the table.
I had to clean the surface of the table with bleach water in addition to sanding since it has sat around for so long. Once it was cleaned and sanded, I stained it with two coats of Minwax Wood Finish in English Chestnut. I did two coats to get my desired color although one coat is fine…just depends on personal preference. I added Helmsman Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane for a protective coat. It adds a nice shine and really held up to the frost we had this past spring here in Virginia.
During all my planning and preparation, I happened to think about the mirror I had in the basement that I had planned to use with my buffet. I didn’t use it since the buffet was placed in front of a window. Since the mirror was purchased for only $5.00 at a used furniture store and I had seen so many mirrors turned into chalkboards on Pinterest…I decided it would be a perfect addition to my outdoor buffet!
I used Insl-X Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer to prime the mirror. It dries fast, so you have to work fast when you apply it. Then I added Benjamin Moore’s chalkboard paint on the surface and painted the trim to match the buffet. I was happy with the results, especially since this was my first attempt at priming and painting a mirror.
I added a few hooks to hang our grilling tools and a towel bar in the front, which I purchased from Lowe’s. They are functional but add to the look of the buffet as well. It was just a few days later I took a trip to our local World Market, I found some nice things to add to our buffet for decoration and function. The Kavita floral kitchen towels went perfectly with the color of the buffet and the Stella trunk is nice for storing my husbands grilling tools since it has an attached lid.
I am very happy with the results! It is nice to have a functional and decorative piece that also has a story behind it.
I’m not much of an artist as you can see, but I thought these words from one of my Gramma’s favorite songs was perfect for the chalkboard…