Jul 3, 2012

A Thrifted Table for Two

Hi Ya'll

Remember my porch refresh from 
 a short while back? 
If not you can see it here "refreshing the porch"

Well, I showed you the after of the front part of the porch...but I didn't show you an
after of the side porch.
 Here is a reminder of how it looked before

which to be honest has NEVER been used! 
You really can't see it from the street...
and you can't see it when you walk
 up to our front door
and it's long and skinny just like the front porch...
so I just ignored it!


I was determined to make it useable!

I went shopping my house! 

I first thought I would get all creative...and put a few odds and ends together, 
and make a potting bench to set there...
but I knew I would really NOT use it way over around the corner.
I would not want to lug everything up there...and try and squish past the chairs on the porch 
with big bags of potting soil...
so it would be totally wasted there!

so I kept shopping the house...

Then I spotted this table...

which has been stored in my garage 
for at least 2...3...ok more like 4 years!
(handsome assistant is saying 5)
I purchased it at a yard sale for 30.00
It didn't have a top but it did come 
with 4 matching chairs...

When I purchased this set...I was sure I 
could come up with a table top if I channeled 
my inner Martha ...
but I didn't...and it sat...and it sat...and it sat...
and somehow survived my handsome assistant...who once assisted a whole set of wicker, into the fire pit..because it sat in the garage, ignored for to long
 (in his opinion)

I didn't divorce him
but he wasn't looking all that handsome 
at the moment either...

anyway....back to my story...I got out the black spray paint and gave the table 
and 2 of the chairs...a fresh coat of paint.
Then...I recovered the seats with some fabric I had on hand 
(recently purchased for a different project...and then decided it wasn't the look that I wanted for that particular project)
but it would be perfect for my black and white porch!

changing the fabric on this type of chair is
 one of the most simple projects and can take a chair...from old and drab...and give it such a facelift!

Once I got the chairs painted and dressed in polka dots...I had to come up with a tabletop.

In the back of my mind...I had an idea...

a coffee table that I wasn't using currently was stored in the basement...
(ok...even I admit my hubby puts up with a lot!)

It had a square glass insert...
about the same size...
and I prayed...and God answered my prayer...and it not only worked...but really it's the perfect size!

Can't get any easier than that!

So here is the after of my little 
secret side porch for 2...

All accessories I had on hand...
except I did purchase another of those
 battery operated lanterns at Walmart.
 If you have followed my blog for any length of time...you have seen my little silver birds...they flutter and perch all over this house!
The wooden box...another of my yard sale finds for 50cents...was also in the garage...waiting for it's day to shine. I took some white spray paint...and lightly frosted it. I didn't care to much for the result...so I grabbed the gray spray paint...and lightly frosted it with that as well...and I love how it turned out. 
It looks old and worn...and I didn't even have to sand it at all. 
Very easy!

I am thrilled with my side porch now. The perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning...though sunny...and a great place in the evening...totally in the shade...I know we will use it now!
Maybe I'll surprise my handsome hubby with a lantern lite dinner one night...when he threatens another trip to the fire pit!

Now, I'm just waiting for this heat wave to break...so I can remove everything again and stain the floor, and paint the pillars! If the last month is any indication...it may be fall ...or winter before then!

So until next time...
Stay safe and cool!

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

God Bless! 

linking to:
southern hospitality /thrifty-treasures 
making the world cuter 
between naps on the porch 180th-metamorphosis-monday  
alderberry hill make-scene-monday 
boogie board cottage masterpiece-monday  
the dedicated house make-it-pretty-monday 
ivy and elephants colours-of-summer 
farmhouse porch cowgirl-up 


  1. I love your table for two! It turned out to be just the right thing for your side porch. Here's to many days enjoying that new, cozy spot!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  2. How pretty!!! Love what you did with that table and chairs! Love shopping in my house too! Your side porch is so inviting!!

    He is lucky you didn't divorce him for burning the wicker!!!

  3. It is so pretty. Love the way it turned out. Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a cozy spot for coffee...you are very, very talented, Sharon!!!

  5. Oh Sharon!

    That is a FABULOUS tranformation - I cannot believe how awesome and thrifty frugal you were - WOW - talk about an amazing look for less.

    I am super amazed and impressed!

    LOVE your project, well done, ma'am!

  6. Love the table for two. You did such a great job I adore the accessories. Have a Safe and Happy 4th!


  7. This is amazing and gorgeous. What an inspirational post! I would love it if you share this awesome post at our What's It Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us!


  8. Gasp! I love it! Great job on making her pretty! Visiting from Boogieboard Cottage. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-4.html Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. You are just SO awesome with your thrifty finds and redoing them into beautiful pieces!

  10. Well that is just lovely Cheers Frances

  11. Your table is adorable!! Love the chairs, too. Such a great job.

  12. What a fabulous transformation! The black spray paint looks great and I love the polka dot seat covers! I had to laugh when I first saw the table becaue about 10 years ago i had a sofa table just like your table! When it went out to the curb I never thought I could transform it with paint. Black and white is classic. Glad you had a nice time in Michigan. Too bad you had to miss all those garage sales!

  13. I believe some people say, "Squee!" when they find something really great! This is definitely a "Squee!" kinda project! Such a great look, it is definitely a place that I would love to sit and relax. Great job! Love it! Found you on the Pinning Party and you betcha! I'm pinning this!

  14. This is so beautiful! The polka dots are so friendly and the space so inviting!!! Love that you went shopping in your house and came out with that :)

  15. Your porch is beautiful! I have enjoyed reading your blog. I am your newest follower!


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