Outdoor Coffee Table Makeover

A few years ago, we got an amazing deal on an outdoor sectional and coffee table. It was made of resin rattan and seemed like a great idea at the time. Unfortunately, the Georgia sun had other plans. The coffee table, as of this morning, looked like it was ready for the curb. Every time we moved it, pieces would fall off, leaving brittle plastic debris all over the place. The sofa did not fare as poorly because it didn't have the glass which magnified the sun, just burning the mess out of the resin. The hubs had the idea to replace the nastiness with a fire table. But for a temporary fix, I thought I would try my hand at a cheap, quick makeover. 

 Before

Before

First, I cut the loose rattan away and put a strip of Gorilla tape all the way around just to keep the loose ends from misbehaving. (The ironic thing is this tag I found attached to the underside of the table. Notice the warning to not leave the glass in place? Yeah, didn’t see that one.)

I already had some palette wood in the garage. It was the perfect choice for this project because it was meant to be abused by the elements. Plus, it was free and had a cool patina. I laid my boards on the table and chose the parts that were the least warped. Since the width of six boards did not add up to my exact measurement of 31 ½",  I put the two end pieces through the table saw to shave them a bit. 

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Using 60 grit sand paper, I went over each board, not to smooth them but to get the lion’s share of the dirt off. 

Next, I flipped over three boards at a time to secure them together, using more palette wood for bracing and a framing square as a guide. (If you will notice in the image, I did not put the screws in a neat line. That actually was intentional. If you put multiple nails or screws along one grain, it could split the board.)

Because there were metal bars in the table base, I turned the new wood top over and put the table on it upside-down. Then using some weird hardware that I have been saving for that someday project, I attached the two sets of three boards and the table base together. 

I could have just left the table that way but it did come with a glass top so I decided to reuse it, which made for a more even surface and polished look. Not bad for $0!

 After

After