Y’all, it’s kind of embarrassing that I haven’t done this project already. Seriously. I’m a little bit ashamed of myself. For the last year or so (seriously! A year!) Corey and I have lived with this outside of our house:
I’m hanging my head in shame over here, you guys. We used to use this table to do projects on when we didn’t have a workshop, and it had at least seven or eight layers of spray paint, stain, and other random things crusted on it. It was absolutely disgusting. And, of course, this is the only outdoor furniture we have, so we were forced to use it any time we wanted to hang out outside. And we just dealt with it.
I know, there’s something wrong with us. But finally, this past weekend, I got fed up with the table and decided to do something about it. So, I grabbed my stripper and got to work.
No, not that kind of stripper. This kind of stripper:
I felt a little like Dexter with my giant gloves, but if you’re working with paint stripper, you have to cover up as much as possible – that stuff is extremely dangerous! Even with my giant gloves, I had to run inside a couple of times to rinse my arms off from some stripper that splattered on them.
The whole process of cleaning the table off was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I just sprayed the stripper on, let it sit for a minute or two, and got to scraping!
Looks yummy right? That’s what the paint looks like as it starts to come up – you can see how easy it is to just scrape that up. Of course, there was so much paint on this table that it took me several applications to actually get it all off, but soon enough my glass was looking much better.
But the table itself? It wasn’t looking so hot.
I couldn’t use the stripper on this part of the table, because it would strip black coating off the metal completely, which is a problem. Luckily, I never really liked the color of it anyways so I decided that painting it was the way to go. I sanded down the tabletop so that it was nice and smooth, busted out my spray paint, and gave the table a quick makeover.
And now? I don’t have to apologize profusely when we have friends over and we go outside to hang out.
Of course, now that the table is all shiny and new looking, the chairs look awful next to it. We thought about buying new cushions but we decided against it since we don’t plan on keeping this table long term, anyways. Of course, we could end up getting annoyed with the chairs and decide to change ’em up, but you know we’ll update you if we change our minds!
It’s so nice to go outside now and not have to feel afraid to sit at our own table, and we’re excited to start spending more time out there. We’ve already found ourselves gravitating towards the backyard a lot more now that we have a clean table, and we can’t wait to start bringing some dinners out there over the next few weeks! I’m pretty embarrassed that we let this silly little project take us almost a year to take care of!
Have you ever put off a really easy project for a ridiculously long time?