Well, hello there! Wow, it's been a long day. But all in all, a good one. I managed to use the pockets of free time we did have between a lengthy doctor's appointment, errand-running and unpleasant household chores like cleaning the fish tank, to squeeze in some soccer practice in the front yard with my little ladies and a cuddle on the couch to read Charlotte's Web. I was also able to finish the little bit of painting I had left on our picnic table and wheel it out to the back yard. And I'm so glad, because I'm really excited to share it with you!
So the story behind this picnic table is short but sweet. It was my grandparents', and it lived under a tree near their shed and burn barrel out on "the farm." We had lots of fried chicken on that table as I recall. I had always kinda wondered what happened to it after my grandma moved into town. And then one day, she mentioned that she wanted the barn out at the farm cleaned out so I asked her what was in it. She rattled off a few things she thought maybe I'd want, and then said, "Oh, and that old picnic table no one wants." Huh?! I want it!
But it wasn't in great shape. Here are the benches.
They were kinda coming apart, so my husband screwed and nailed them together to make them sturdy again. And I decided to paint it white. But that's kinda boring. I mean, I can't very well blog about a picnic table I painted white. "Wow!" you'd all say. "How inventive!" So I started thinking about different ways to decorate a picnic table and how I could do a post about that. As I was brainstorming table runners, I kept imagining one with a blue French linen stripe. And that was when I decided just to paint one on. Hey, this way I don't have to bring it in when it rains, and it won't matter if someone spills something on it.
I didn't need any special tools to achieve this effect; however, I did pressure wash it first to make sure all the dirt and grime was off, and to wash away any redwood stain that I could. In my mind, this allowed me to skip sanding it. Afterwards, I primed it with this:
To prevent overspray while doing the stripes, I used newspaper to cover the parts of the table I wanted to remain white, and taped it down securely. Then I taped off and sprayed the stripes with this:
Finally, I put on one coat of this (in Rhinestone):
So here it is again. Sorry I only have the one picture. As I said, I only just finished it, and the light wasn't the best when I snapped the pic. I hope to get some prettier photos of it decked out for our July 4th party. I hope to eat some fried chicken on it this summer, too!