You might have caught a peek here or there of the naked unfinished pieces, but now that we've really finished them, I can show you more of what we've done. We've already shown you how the deck turned out (still loving it!), but now we can show you some after pics of the patio table, benches and buffet that we put together.
First, we painted all of the newly constructed furniture white. This included the 4 benches, the table and the buffet. Then, I took a sander to each piece, giving special attention to the edges and corners, to give it a roughed up/distressed look.
Here's the break down on the all 6 pieces of patio furniture:
Table (seats 10)
Measures 96"L x 48"W x 32"H
The top of table was made using 5/4 treated deck boards.
The frame was made using treated 2x6s that were bolted onto treated 4x4 posts for legs.
Internal frames for two ice box insets using treated 2x4s so that we can do this or this when entertaining.
Benches (4 benches, each seating 2)
Measures approximately 45"L x 14"W x 18"H
All benches were made using 2x4 treated lumber construction (frames and tops).
Total cost to make each bench was just under $10!
Measures approximately 48"L x 16"W x 36"H
Treated 2x4s were used for the legs and the frame.
The top of the buffet was made using 5/4 treated deck boards.
Trim screws with small heads were used and were countersunk to allow for a rustic look without the distraction of obvious screws.
Once constructed, as with all treated lumber, we had to wait it out to allow the wood to cure. The recommendation is to let treated lumber stand and cure out for at least 30 days (and even longer in rainy weather) before applying any paint, stain or treatment.
We erred on the side of caution, because we had an especially rainy summer, and waited until fall to finish it up. Using the handy dandy paint sprayer, all pieces were given two coats of Valspar off the shelf exterior white in satin finish. The sprayer made the job go MUCH quicker, and because I was going to be sanding and roughing up the pieces, we weren't so worried about small drips here and there. Not that I had to worry much with that anyway, as Vern has gotten the spraying thing down pat.
We are LOVING how these turned out!
Do you have any outdoor projects you're trying to wrap up before holiday/winter season hits?