With the weather warming up, most of us are starting to think about outside entertaining. Last year, I made over an old piece of furniture to become a water-resistant outside sideboard!
I wanted to have something on our deck that I could store some things in for impromptu snacks, drinks, etc. Not really a bar, although I’m not sure what else to call it. Then I found this old credenza in my neighbor’s garbage and knew I could make something from it.
I knew I wanted to use it outside so I wanted it to be rustic and maybe even a little nautical. And I wanted to spend as little money as I could to get it looking that way (hence the rope-knot handles in lieu of hardware).
I sanded it down smooth and stained the top. Once that was dry I taped it off from the rest of the piece. I used Valspar spray paint in red.
Then I just used some sand paper to rub a little of the red paint off.
I rubbed some dark walnut stain on and then rubbed it right off just to darken the paint a bit.
I knew I wanted it to be a little more weather resistant than just varnished wood so I gave it several coats with a marine grade (boat) varnish. I chose Rustoleum Spar Varnish and it went on so nicely. No drips, smooth application, and a nice semi-glossy finish even though it says glossy.
The doors on either side don’t open so I wasn’t worried about hardware. I used some white rope and it works just fine!
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