Aging Porch Table Reno

What a difference a week can make.

As of last week, the picture on the left shows what this table looked like.  It had been on my back porch for about three years (after buying it at an antique shop) and had deteriorated to the point of losing part of the lower shelf.  Also, the table top was split completely in half.

You can see where the top is off-set just a little at the right front, and when you pulled both sections, it separated completely.  The only things holding this jewel together were the legs.

It was headed to the trash heap when I decided to try my hand at reviving it.  What did I have to lose?

One leg had come loose from the slot under the table top, so I slipped it back into place, loaded the crack in the table top with wood glue, and tied a huge rubber-band-type strap around it to let the glue set up.

To attach the broken part of the shelf, I turned it over and screwed two 1″ x 2″ slats through all three sections of the lower shelf.  That process connected the broken piece of the shelf and each side piece still attached to the legs.  I also added wood glue between those pieces before attaching the new slats.

Table Repair

Now, I know for sure that HBD (Handy Builder Dad) would do a much better job at repairing this table.  He’s talented with wood working.  Me – not so much.  Anyway, practice helps us learn, right?

I lightly sanded it to get the loose chunks of paint off, then I loaded it full of Annie Sloan pure white chalk paint.  I had purchased three colors of her paints and the clear and dark waxes while visiting PAM the week prior and couldn’t wait to get my hands in it.  Pricey, yes.  I had tried a cheaper substitute for my Child’s Antique Rocker Reno, and it worked well, but I wanted to see the difference (if there was any).

I wanted to paint stripes in the direction of the splits in order to hide any imperfections in my re-attachment (not that there were any – wink).  It was strange to me that the wood grain in the top and bottom were running in opposite directions, but I went with it.

Painting with Painter's Tape

After painting the aqua  stripes (called Florence), I added the French linen.  Love that color.

Bottom Shelf Complete

In running the stripes in opposite directions, I decided to stripe the colors in opposites, as well.  See the contrast?

A little paint came off when removing the tape, but I’d expected it would.  Chippy is so “in”, and it’ll be real chippy again in no time on the back porch.  I sanded the jagged edges of the chippy part and rubbed the top with the clear wax.

Table Top Complete

Oops!  I’d forgotten!  The Annie Sloan salesperson told me not to use the wax for outdoor pieces, since it will cause them to mildew.  So much for following instructions!  I guess I have a test area now, just to see if she’s right.

Annie Sloan Paint Trial

Does this motivate you to work on any deteriorating porch pieces?  If not, you’re welcome to come on over.  I have more things in need of repair.

What?  You don’t want to?  Oh, I get it.  You prefer watching me do it.  I understand.  It’s a popular practice around here at our house.  I’m not calling any names or anything…SD and FS.  (Wink)

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the colors you chose! I have a cute little night stand type table that needs paint badly. It’s beyond chippy, like, completely bare. Thanks for the motivation. Your blog is good that way. 🙂

  2. says

    SO cute! I have a very similar table that I use for painting projects out in the garage — I keep thinking I should find something else for that and re-do the poor, little table!

  3. says

    Sweet! I must say I was at first disappointed that the blue was the tape. I sort of like that combo [wink] and I liked the brushy edges too. What a cute table!!
    Nice repair job….gotta do what you can do. Looks great on the porch.
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday! Blessings!

  4. says

    This came out great, too. I’ve got to find one of these tables at a tag sale. Love what you did with it. Linda