Greg and I were driving down one of the well-traveled roads in Hanover a few days ago when we spotted a table sitting on the side of the road. I didn’t think much of it, but Greg said, “Did you see that table? It looked pretty cool.” I just agreed and went back to singing along to whatever 80’s classic rock song playing on Lite 98. All of a sudden, Greg decided to turn the car around to go check it out. He parked on the nearest side street, which was about a quarter mile away, and walked down to the table, only to find a crumpled up piece of wet paper next to it that said, “Free Table”. Greg quickly walked back to the car, opened the door and said, “It looks decent. I think I lift it into the back of the truck!” Good thing we happened to be driving my parent’s SUV.
Because the table was on the other side of a huge ditch, we basically had to park the SUV inside the ditch. I couldn’t even open the passenger door. Greg was determined to get this thing in the car one way or another, though. I don’t know how he did it (this table is solid and heavy), but he loaded it into the back of the SUV all by himself. The back doors wouldn’t close because the table was a bit too long, so we very carefully drove down the road to the nearest CVS with the back doors open – I know, totally illegal. We don’t recommend it. When we finally got to CVS (it seemed like it took forever even though it was only a few miles down the road), he went in, bought a nylon rope for $2, and tied the back doors shut.
When we unloaded the table, I finally got a good look at it and realized I was extremely happy that Greg was so determined to get it home. It looks like someone started it as a project, but just didn’t finish it or else it’s been very much weathered. The lines are strikingly similar to this outdoor Restoration Hardware table – which I love. It definitely needed some TLC, but that made us happy because we’d be able to make it ours.
We’re planning on putting the table on the uncovered aggregate patio adjacent to the carport. Since the patio is a light tan color, we think the table would really pop if it was stained a medium dark color like Minwax’s Special Walnut. It’s right at 72.5″ long, which should seat 6 people comfortably. We might even be able to squeeze in one more person on either end if we extend it by a plank or two.
The top has a lot of character with all of the different types of planks. You can’t really tell from the photo, the top was nowhere near level. The back-right and front-left sides are both higher than the others, and some of the boards are popping out. It also needs a good few sanding sessions to make it smooth and splinter-free.
So, here’s our plan for this bad boy:
- Take the top off and level it out.
- Nail down the loose boards.
- Sand all the surfaces to prevent splinters.
- Sand some more.
- Stain with Minwax’s Special Walnut (our favorite color).
- Seal with a weather-proof polyurethane.
- Bask in the awesomeness of our new $20 (for sandpaper, stain, etc.) patio table.
And that, my friends, is that we’ve been up to the last 24 hours. In a day or two, we’ll be back with a progress post with lots of pictures and how-we-did-it info. Here’s hoping we don’t encounter any problems!