When Mr. Frugalista, a.k.a. my furniture buyer saw this wooden lattice tiered table online he asked if I would be interested. Heck ya! For a couple of years, I've been wanting a small portable beverage bar cart for our deck and this would fit the bill perfectly.
This is what the tiered side table looked like when we got it...
What I didn't know, before bidding on it was that it had a gorgeous wood laminate top. Bonus!
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The first thing I did after a good scrub with soap and water, removed the shiny finish on the laminate top with paint stripper (*affiliate link). Then I sanded it down to the natural finish using an orbital sander (*affiliate link).
You can see in the photo above that the laminate top is attached to plywood with nails no less. The raw edges leave little to be desired so it got prettied up with a piece of oak trim with 45° mitered corners.
I thought about painting the base in a bright bold aqua color, like the Vintage Patio Nesting Tables I refinished for last month's coastal theme or the Candleholder Repurposed Into A Bistro Table and Bistro Set. Knowing this was going to be a keeper, I decided to stay with the sage green color we have going on our deck to keep things unified. I decided to give Rust-oleum Chalked paint (*affiliate link) a try in the color Sensible Sage.
With all the lattice slats I knew painting the base with a brush would be tedious so I pulled out my Homeright Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer (*affiliate link) to do the job. After running a velocity test, I thinned the paint and applied three coats.
Once the paint was dry I flipped the table over and applied Minwax Wood Finish (*affiliate link) Dark Walnut Stain onto the top using a clean lint free rag.
It's my go-to stain color...
I sealed the top and painted base with a mixture of dark wax and linseed oil (*affiliate links). I love how the dark wax added depth to the sage paint color.
I had these hand painted porcelain knobs (*affiliate link) in my stash and thought they would make perfect hooks for hanging things like bar essentials.
In my stash, I also had this fun pewter garden tool hook (*affiliate link) and thought it would work perfectly for hanging a tea towel.
This past weekend we enjoyed using the cart for snacks and beverages while taking a break from our DIY wedding decor projects. Our daughter is getting married in two weeks and if you've been following me on Instagram, I've been sharing sneak peeks at all the rustic wedding decor we've been making. I'll be sharing the reveals on the blog after the wedding.
Another thing I found in my stash was the perfect casters to add to the feet, putting portable into the Portable Beverage Bar Cart.
I'm thrilled to finally have that portable beverage cart that I've been pining for the last couple of years.
I can't wait to see what my talented friends in the DIY Furniture Girls group created for their Outdoor furniture pieces. Please pin directly from the original source.
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