With me studying non-stop for the boards the last few weeks, Jay had been getting a little cabin fever. One afternoon we were taking Butters on his walk and noticed our neighbor had thrown away an oak table top. The reason for this was obvious, it was broken in half. I didn't give it a second thought, but Jay got all up-cycle-y on me and gathered it up to take into the garage. His argument was "It's really nice wood," and mine was "It was in the crazy cat lady's house." She has 5 cats. Mine was a good argument.
The super shiny lacquer finish on the table is from using Spar Urethane. It's designed to protect wood on boats, so Jay thought it would be good at protecting the wood on our wet deck. The plant waterers and the crummy tin awning result in a lot of water getting on everything up there. Our grill table was pretty gross after a year of being out, so we wanted to make sure this one was more protected so it lasts. The stain we used was dark walnut.
It's nice to have our little outdoor spot looking more hospitable, especially since we've had a few cooler evenings recently. I know my parents are hard at work refinishing their deck in KC, anyone else have an outdoor space they're tackling?