Summer DIY Project: Refinishing an Outdoor Table

Our family has been using our backyard more and more as our boys get older, and it’s always a treat when we can get all of us outside to play (and work) in our own backyard.

The past month or so I’ve started doing a little DIY project: refinishing a round butcher block table.

The table was my husband’s childhood kitchen table that he used to eat at with his family, also a family with two boys. It was given to us by his brother, who had also attempted to refinish it but never quite got it done. It has a large pedestal with a base and a lot of dings and dents from forks and the like. We let the gorgeous butcher block get weathered by the elements, watching the varnish peel away, but now decided it’s time to show it some love and refinish it so that we can have our own family dinners in the backyard, but it would also make an excellent surface for potting.


To get started, I first wiped it down with a damp towel and cleaned off all of the spider webs and dirt. Next I sanded it with an electric sander, multiple times, using medium grain wood sandpaper (wearing mask and goggles of course).


The final step which I have yet to complete is filling the gaps with wood filler and sanding, then staining. I picked out an awesome blue outdoor stain that I hope will look amazing. I’ll keep you updated on my progress in another post this summer! For now the boys are using it as a new surface for their chalk drawings! 😉 Happy Summer!







About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.

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