Garage sale season is in full swing, and I have a patio table trash to treasure story to tell you.
Patio Table Trash To Treasure Rescue
You’ve heard the saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?
Well, one Friday morning a couple of weeks ago, there was an unfortunate accident at our neighborhood playground. (lemons) No one was injured, just so you know. It was early morning when I headed down to survey the damage, and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed one of my neighbors setting up for a garage sale.
I strolled down to check it out and there sat a rusty and kinda crusty patio table with curvy legs. I nonchalantly asked how much and the owner replied “$8.”
SOLD to the girl without any cash on her.
Now I don’t know about you but at 7 am in the morning I don’t have any cash on me or any other time for that matter. She offered to hold it, and I am not ashamed to tell you I ran home, borrowed money from my thirteen-year-old son, then proudly carried my trash to treasure patio table home.
I’m sure you would have done the same thing right?
Trash To Treasure: The Outdoor Edition
Anytime my friend Kimm of Reinvented invites me to a trash to treasure party, I say yes, please!
So this table is the lemonade sweet friends and to think I might have missed it.
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I could have just applied a little rust neutralizer, washed it off and called it a day. But where’s the fun in that?
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I mixed up a custom vintage green color using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for my farmhouse side table. I wound up not using it, so I decided it would be the perfect color to use.
Here’s my color recipe:
Two tablespoons Kitchen Scale
One tablespoon Boxwood, plus a little extra 🙂
I added the Kitchen Scale first, which is the lighter color of the two, then the Boxwood.
The result was not too blue and not too green, just right.
I must tell you I was completely amazed by how well the paint adhered to the metal. I expected to get a little flaking or even chipping, but it went on smooth as silk.
Since I didn’t want this table to look like it was wearing a brand new coat of paint, I used 120 grit sand paper pretty aggressively. I wanted to see some of that rusty goodness underneath.
Then I wiped the whole thing down using a tack cloth to remove any excess milk paint dust.
At this point, I had to decide what I needed to seal it with. Usually, I would apply hemp oil or wax, but I wanted this table to be able to stand up to the elements.
So I checked in with my friend Wendy of Front Porch Mercantile who is my go-to person when I have a question about any of MMSMP products. She suggested I use an outdoor type sealant. So I decided to use Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane.
Helmsman is specially made for indoor/outdoor use and will protect your surface from sunlight, temperature change, and moisture. I sealed my milk painted headboard bench with it last year, and it has held up beautifully.
Sometimes my vision becomes a reality and sometimes, well not so much.
The reality is I am in love with the way this turned out.
Am I allowed to say that about my own project?
Can we chat just a minute about these three olive buckets?
I ordered them from Decor Steals a couple of weeks ago. Even though they aren’t the “real deal” I love the patina they have.
So now you’ve read my patio table trash to treasure rescue story.
Have you any great trash to treasure stories or garage sale finds to share? I would love to hear all about them.
Grab a cup of coffee with me and let’s hop around to see what kind of trashy stories these awesome bloggers have to share!
Kimm at Reinvented
Kim at Hunt and Host
Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled
Pili at My Sweet Things
Randi at Dukes and Duchesses
Ashley at 3 Little Greenwoods
Courtney at All Things New Again
Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea
Tonya at Hey There Delyla
Denise at My Thrifty House
Wendi at H2O Bungalow
Jeanette at Country Design Style
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