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Rev Up Your Yard: Tables that Pop

by Kim Noble 06/21/2020

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Every yard needs a fun and functional picnic table. Your outdoor table may be used to hold food, plants, craft projects, beverages and more. But, regardless of its function, it needs to look nice, and it needs to fit into your outdoor decorating theme. We have tons of ideas on turning your plain-Jane picnic table into a functional focal point. 

Add a Drink Holder

One of the most popular projects on Pinterest, adding a trough to hold drinks and ice to your wooden picnic table is an easy weekend project you can do yourself. You may have to cut and move braces beneath the table, but basically, it's just a matter of taking out the center board of your tabletop and replacing it with a length of capped and sealed rain gutter. Once attached, you can use the trough to hold drinks and ice, or it can become a pretty planter down the length of your picnic table. 

Use Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Every picnic table needs a little something to protect it from the elements, especially if yours is made of wood. Applying a few coats of paint is recommended, and if you use outdoor paint that glows in the dark, you'll add a fun functionality to an otherwise blah piece of outdoor furniture. When your table glows in the dark, it's the perfect centerpiece for your nighttime parties. 

Apply Art Resin

Art resin is a newly popular technique for turning surfaces, such as bar and picnic table tops, into slick and shiny surfaces. You'll need to brush up on this technique by watching an online tutorial, and you'll need supplies such as art resin, gloves, spreaders, and cardboard. You can even embed objects like coins into the crevices and knotholes of your picnic table beneath the shiny resin. 

Create a Mosaic

Did you know you could turn your existing picnic table into an exotic work of art simply by covering the top with a colorful mosaic? Plane the top of your wooden table first, to make it nice and smooth, then attach a sub-surface, such as plywood, to act as the base for your mosaic. Turn chipped and broken teacups, pottery and dinnerware into colorful tiles by breaking them carefully with a hammer inside a plastic bag (wear googles!). Use tile adhesive to adhere them to your tabletop in a pretty design, and grout and seal them afterward just like you would tile. The result is a colorful, eclectic tabletop that's fit for the home of an artist. 

Picnic tables don't have to be bland to serve their purpose. Use these tips and others like them to make every cookout much more enjoyable. 

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Kim Noble

I know and love the Southwest Florida area and am proud to call it home! And I'm passionate about the real estate market here. Naples and its surrounding areas,such as Bonita Springs, Estero and Ft. Myers, is world-renowned for its pristine beaches, world-class shopping, countless dining venues, boating, premier golf courses, vibrant sunsets and overall active lifestyle. The temperate climate attracts those who desire tropical weather, with an average temperature of 75 degrees with 55 inches of rainfall. When shopping for a home in Southwest Florida, you'll quickly learn that there are literally hundreds of communities to choose from. Some neighborhoods are brand new while others are well established. So, how do you find the community that best fits you and your lifestyle? That's where I come in. I've been helping buyers find their perfect place in the sun since 2005. I also help homeowners who want to sell their current home and find another to fit their new needs. With 20 years experience in the real estate business, I strive to exceed your customer service expectations by demonstrating honesty, reliability and an intimate knowledge of the market. Consider me your ambassador to paradise and contact me today to find your perfect home in Florida or sell your current house!