Porch Table Flip
One Room Challenge - Week 2
I’m kicking off Week 2 of the ORC with a Porch Table Flip ! For Week 1 of the ORC I just laid out my plan for my Screened-in Porch! It felt a little bit like cheating, but I was able to get all of my design ideas into one place. With everything laid out I was ready to get started!
In our previous townhome, we didn’t have a covered outdoor area. I had covers for my outdoor furniture but didn’t have one for the table – big mistake! The sun beating down on the table day after day resulted in the wicker completely dry rotting. I have been meaning to do something with this table for years (yes years). So finally, with Week 2 of the ORC kicking off, I decided it was time!
Step 1: Remove the Damaged Wicker
Using needle nose pliers, I removed any remaining wicker from the top of the table. Oddly enough, the legs remained completely undamaged by the sun! I decided to leave them covered. This way the table would still match the rest of the furniture.
Step 2: Remove the old Staples
Removing all of the old staples took FOR-E-VER! I used a combination of needle nose pliers and a small flathead screwdriver. I would use the screwdriver to shimmy the staple out far enough that I could grab it with the pliers.
Step 3: Clean & Apply Bondo
After removing all of the staples, I was left with tiny little holes all around the top. I wiped the surface down with denatured alcohol to clean it off.
Then using a plastic putty knife, I applied Bondo to fill the holes and any other imperfections on the metal!
- First, scoop out a pile of the putty. Then squeeze a line of harder down the center. A precise measurement isn’t necessary! Mix the two thoroughly!!
- Mix a small amount at a time – it hardens FAST and you will waste a lot of product if you mix too much at once.
- If the consistency starts to become sand-like, quit and mix more Bondo. This means it’s starting to harden and it will not go on as smoothly once it reaches this state.
Step 4: Sand
Bondo dries incredibly quickly and can be sanded after 15 minutes. I sanded down the Bondo using 80-grit and my palm sander.
Step 5: Paint
After sanding, you can paint immediately! I wiped my table down with denatured alcohol and then painted the table using a Rust-oleum Satin Black Spray Paint.
This was SUCH an easy project to kickstart my Spring ORC! I can’t believe I put it off for SO long & am grateful the ORC gave me the push I needed for this one!