Fiona, noting our dearth of deck furniture, set to work with a hand-saw, hammer, nails and some scrap wood a couple of weeks ago. She managed to create a nice little bistro-height table. It was terribly wobbly, so together we measured, cut and added some cross-braces like the ones on the dining room chairs. She primed it but was stalled on inspiration for additional finishing. Until I mentioned the possibility of putting a ceramic tile mosaic on top.

We had done mosaic tile pavers back in 2004, as part of our GRUBS gardening club, but Fiona was just an infant then. We got out all the old tools and supplies, and whatever cast-off ceramic tile bits we could muster (you might notice a bit of colour similarity to our kitchen backsplash) and she set to work on the top of her table. It was a great project in the sunshine of a warm June day.

Now we’re waiting for the adhesive to dry. Tomorrow or Wednesday we’ll add the grout. By Thursday we’ll have a lovely place to rest our home-made frappucinos while sitting in our grotty $5 resin chairs.

Deck Furniture

5 thoughts on “Deck Furniture

  • June 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    That looks lovely! Great job, Fiona. I loved to build things when I was a little girl too. Still do, in fact.

    Doesn't Chuck have a smithy? Maybe he could make some wrought iron deck chairs. 🙂 In all his enormous amounts of spare time, I know….

  • June 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Lovely – really like the flower. We like building our furniture too.

  • June 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Thats pretty cool!! Thanks for the idea!!

  • June 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    We were just talking about our lack of deck furniture and how we could remedy that without spending a fortune. I saw the finished photos of this table and it is fantastic! What a wonderful way to create something beautiful and meaningful. I am off to plan how to do this at our place…what a great thing to get the kids involved in!

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