i should be mopping the floor: Old Door Patio Table

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Old Door Patio Table

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Our DIY patio table has been in the works for a while. I'm so happy it's DONE and we're able ot enjoy it all summer long. This table is made up of an old door from a friend of mine and plumbing conduit that my husband configured for the base. 

Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
I've had the hardest time finding a dining table for our patio. After living here an entire year, I just went for it and made my own. Initially, we went with the plumbing pipe table base because it was the simplest solution with minimal construction...now I just love how it looks and can't imagine it without the pipe. See how we put this together below (including the painting techniques).

Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
As you can see from the photos, I left all of the holes and indentions from locks, knobs, and hinges. I think they give this table so much character. One big question I've been asked is regarding the top of the table. I thought about putting a large piece of glass over the top to give it one level surface. However, the decorative squares act as perfect built-in places at the table. And they do not mess with how place settings sit on the table. It's not ideal for writing or anything like that...but we don't really use a patio table for that in our house, so it's okay with us. I may still add glass...I just want to see how it goes without it for a bit longer.  


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
So we started with our door. This was given to me by my sweet friend, Bonnie, about a year ago. It came off of her grandma's home and was destined for a burn pile...until Bonnie asked if I'd like it (ummm...yeah). Again, we decided on plumbing pipe legs to avoid any kind of big build (we're tired, y'all...it's been a wild spring!). But, I never knew I would love the plumbing pipe base so much. 

To make a similar configuration, here is what you'll need (give or take):

We used 3/4" plumbing pipe for all pieces. You'll have to be consistent with this.
  • 1- 60" pipe (this is the long piece at the bottom that holds it all together, both ends need to be threaded)
  • 8- flanges
  • 6- t parts
  • 4- 24" pieces (threaded on both ends)
  • 4- 8" pieces (threaded on both ends)
  • 4- 4" pieces (this is what is pictured...this was a little tall for our chairs and we went back and switched these with 1" nipple pieces later, threaded on both ends...but it's total preference)
We purchased all standard lengths and didn't need anything cut. 
However, most big box stores can cut and thread plumbing conduit, if you ask.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
We literally just screwed it all together by hand.
We used a wrench on the final "go-round" just to make sure it was all tight.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
You can see how we configured it all below.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
One set of flanges sat on the ground. We attached the other ones to the bottom of the table, using 3/4" screws that were thick enough to hold the flanges in place. We did pre-drill the holes to avoid splitting the wood on the door before screwing.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
The paint job on the plumbing pieces was a complete mistake that worked out for the better. I had it in my head that I wanted to try to coordinate the pipe with the finish on the chairs I purchased. So, I spray painted them with white chalk-style spray paint. I spent hours doing this to get a nice, even coat. The minute I was finished with it, I realized I had just wasted a boatload of time to make the piping mimic PVC (which was definitely NOT the look I was going for). So, I lightly sanded the white chalk-style paint to reveal the silver plumbing finish in large areas of the legs (I used a coarse grit sand paper for this). Then I used a dark wax and made the pipe look a bit old and weathered. I ended up loving the outcome...but it was totally not planned!


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
For the door, I also wanted a weathered look. I used my wax puck over the surface. This creates a light barrier where the paint doesn't completely adhere to the wood...making it easier to sand off later.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
I used my Waverly chalk-style paint in Agave for the door. 
I just brushed it on in two coats.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
I hand sanded it to get a nice, weathered look. 


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
I used Waverly's White Wax (love this stuff) to go over the entire table and give it a washed, look. I wiped off any excess with a soft cloth. After that completely dried, I used a marine-grade sealer since it would be in the elements.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
As crazy as it sounds, I ordered these chairs on Amazon, y'all. I love this style of chair but had a hard time finding an outdoor version that wasn't a floppity-jillion dollars per chair. But, good ol' Amazon came through. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE EXACT CHAIRS I GRABBED ON AMAZON.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
To show what I mentioned earlier, a plate and entire place setting fit perfectly in the decorative areas of the door. They don't wobble or anything. This was another fun, unexpected surprise. 


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
To see how I made my polka dotted tin can centerpieces, click here


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.


Old Door Patio Table | Make a fun table with plumbing conduit and an old door! Complete photo tutorial.
I highly recommend an old door patio table to anyone...
we're super happy with how ours turned out!






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