I headed to Lowes and bought $11 worth of lumber. I got 6″ boards for the top and 2″ boards for the sides. My idea is that I would construct an upside down tray for the end table so I can take it on and off whenever. There will be no damage to the table and in the winter I can store it in the garage. The edges of my table are rounded, but I decided to make a square topper for both ease of construction and I like that I will have more space when we have dinner out there.
I used my trusty miter box and cut the “trim” pieces to size.
I then gathered my supplies so that I could construct the top. I had a nail gun, liquid nails, measuring tape, a hammer, and pliers.
I added a bead of liquid nails and then used the nail gun to attach the wood pieces. I messed up a few times and had to use the pliers to pull out the rouge nails. It took me about an hour to put the top together and I wanted to quit a few times- haha! Getting it square and the spacing correct and level was a little hard. I used the hammer to put the nails in all the way for the few that weren’t.
It isn’t perfect, but it turned out good enough.
I painted the whole thing with deck paint. It will match our railing and hopefully protect the table topper a bit from the elements. I finished with a clear coat for a little extra protection.
Here’s the before of the ugly amber glass one more time:
I put the top on the table and was thrilled with the result! Of course, the first thing I had to do was put the accessories I have been hording for the deck.
I had fun styling the deck with pretty accessories while Don ate his morning snack, and my props 🙂
Check back next Monday for my deck’s newest progress post! If you would like a daily sneak peek, I am posting a photo a day on Facebook of the deck so you can better follow along.
If you missed any of the past deck posts, here is the deck plan
and here is the first week’s progress (and embarrassing mistakes)
I DIYed a play kitchen for the Deck out of a thrift store piece of furniture
My tips for how you can style your outdoor space (and a sneak peek of the accessories I am using)
Thanks for following along!