As you saw in my previous post Trade Days…. Yay!, I found the most adorable little bicycle table. Quirky? Yes! Fun? Double Yes!! Here is how it turned out.
Remember how it started?
Look it was kinda cute to begin with but lord knows I cannot just leave anything alone and not tweak it a little. I knew the second I saw this table that I wanted it to go on my back patio. Problem was my back patio was also a mess!
Here is what a patio looks like when a.) it has been ignored completely over the winter because no one wants to hang out here when it is cold out b.) it has been ignored for the early part of this awesome Early Spring weather we have gotten here in Big D because all my kids want to do is play in our front yard with the 15 other young kids that live on our street (seriously we are SOOOOO lucky to have kids all up and down our street) and c.) your 70 lb. dog thinks this is his personal sleeping area (see part of the culprits head to the far right of the picture? He was trying not to show his guilty face in the picture!). So, time for a cleaning and time to realize that the cushions must be picked up every time we are not out here or the dog will ruin our lovely cushions. I had to give the bicycle table a really good cleaning with soap and water first. I opted to not rough up or sand the piece because it was already pretty roughed up to begin with. Next step was a good spray Primer.
So far I have had good luck with many different brands of spray paint Primers. I had this on hand from a previous job spray painting an old chandelier so I used it for this application as well. I then decided to spray paint the seat of the bicycle black to make it stand out a little.
I thought I had more in between pics of the process but alas I do not…. so I will just detail what I did. Not rocket science so I am sure you can follow along just fine. I allowed the entire bike table to dry thoroughly between coats – as in many hours to be safe. Once my black bike seat dried I wrapped it in tin foil (so much easier than blue painters tape and it won’t make any of your paint peel). I decided to paint the rest of the bicycle in this Rust-oleum color.
I tend to lean more towards buying Rust-oleum Spray Paints because I prefer their colors. I don’t know that this brand is any better than the others because I have not tried them out as of yet. I think I will though soon! I like this Slate Blue color but am not 100% sold on it yet. I will live with it for a while and see. Anyway, here are the “After” shots of my wonderful little table.
Don’t mind my fence that needs to be re-stained! Gotta get on that too!
I know I say this everytime…. but…. I am super happy with the way this turned out. As a matter of fact, I am sitting on my newly cleaned patio with a glass of ice water sitting on my updated Bicycle Table, writing this Blog Post on my laptop and enjoying a beautiful Spring Day!!
See You Soon……
PS - I am new to this Link Party thing, but I am giving it a whirl. I linked this sweet bicycle table to the Blog Burlap & Denim for her Monday Link Party today with the theme "Favorite Things". I do believe this table turned out to be one of my Favorite Things! Click on Burlap & Denim's button below to check it out!