A bistro set in the making

I’ve always been drawn to the coziness of bistro sets, not their price tag so much, but I’m all for a style that calls you to sit close, lean in and enjoy those gathered with you.

Last year, our sweet neighbor was helping her mom clean out some furniture for an upcoming move, and thought I might come up with something to do with her bistro set. I didn’t have to think twice about that. I did have to come up with a plan and explanation for the family as to why I said yes and what I had in mind, but even they have grown rather patient with some of my ideas for redeeming beyond hope projects.

So here is what I was given to begin with…

the original table base and chair
the original table base and chair
original plywood and contact paper seat
original plywood and contact paper seat

I’m not sure what the original table top was as it was missing. The chair seats had been replaced with plywood covered in contact paper. It took a bit of imagination, but it had good bones to work with, and therefore potential.

A few months earlier I had picked up this solid wood table top at ReStore. I had several ideas of what I could do with it, though nothing specific. I just knew that it was worth the $5 price tag. It was painted black on top, such a sad day that must have been!

Oh the beauty of what lies beneath ...
Oh the beauty of what lies beneath …
Citristrip and a scraper work wonders
Citristrip and a scraper work wonders

I used some Citri-strip Gel to remove the black paint and it made pretty quick work of the stripping process. I did go back with some steel wool soaked in denatured alcohol to remove some of the gunk and more stubborn spots of paint stuck in a few grooves.

before and after of a little denatured alcohol on steel wool
before and after of a little denatured alcohol on steel wool

The wood underneath had a unique variation in color and grain and I decided against staining it all one color. I did use about three coats of Minwax Spar Urethane, you can read more about using this product here.

The base of the chairs and table got a thorough cleaning, sanding, another cleaning and three coats of Krylon Covermaxx spray paint in jade.

a fresh new color can change everything
a fresh new color can change everything

At this point, the table top has been screwed onto the base and it’s ready to be enjoyed. The chair seats are still in process and we’re looking forward to adding them soon. Until then, maybe I can find time to pressure wash the patio …

Freshly painted base and varnished table top
Freshly painted base and varnished table top

And the entire set, though I wouldn’t recommend sitting on the chairs quite yet.

almost done
almost done

My neighbor saw it the other day and loved the jade color and the plan for redeeming this little set. She will definitely be receiving the first invitation to enjoy our new gathering spot on the patio when the bistro set is complete.

Until then, I am learning again the profound truth of my Uncle Danny’s quote, “things take longer than they do.”

 

About Beth Moore

A Christ-follower, wife, mom to 4, lifestyle blogger, seamstress and seeker of daily glimpses of God's grace and redemption.

9 thoughts on “A bistro set in the making

    1. You should come over for coffee and some baked pumpkin goodness and we can sit on the patio and enjoy fall! Of course we would have to drag some chairs out there, but it would all be part of the adventure.

    1. I used a 60 grit sandpaper and some steel wool, and decided that was the best I could do. We’ll have to see how well it holds up before I need to touch it up. Time will tell!

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