My Unfinished Patio Table Weekend

Hi friends!

How was your weekend?  Mine has been b.u.s.y.

I shopped a nearby neighborhood garage sale yesterday, found an adorable table for next month’s Themed Makeover Day, and finally saw Cinderella with my girls.  It was amazing.

Today I started a long planned makeover of our patio table.

As usual, this idea hasn’t been as easy to execute as it looked in my head.

It’s not done yet, but I thought I’d share a sneak peek.

So here’s what we started with.  A standard big box store dirty patio table.  The metal kind with 12×12 ceramic tile inserts.


patio table before 3


Except that they aren’t exactly 12×12.  Don’t ask me how I know.  Let’s just say it ain’t from measuring.

So anyway…I bought a 4 foot by 8 foot half inch thick piece of plywood at Home Depot, and sweet talked the gentleman at the store into cutting it into 12×12 squares.

This is when I discovered that the tiles weren’t exactly 12×12.  But the squares sure were because Home Depot guys are accurate.  So I used my trusty scroll saw to trim them down.  I’m a measure once, cut twice kind of girl.

The table frame has been spray painted in Hammered Black by Rustoleum.

Fourteen squares have been sanded, and six have been stained.  In a couple of different colors, cuz my first choice was ugly.

Here’s a shot of the partially finished table.


DIY wood and metal patio table



Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with the finished project photos!  Have a great week!

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2 thoughts on “My Unfinished Patio Table Weekend

  1. i have the same table with the exact same dilemma..can not find any tiles..I would love to do that to our table, but what size did you end up cutting the squares to make it fit perfect?

    1. Hi Nicole, thanks for visiting! the squares are 11.5 inches square. I started with 12 inch tiles because I assumed the original ceramics were that standard size, then had to cut them down when I realized that they were smaller. :) You could also measure the open spaces to determine what size the tiles should be.

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