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Garden table

It’s easy to create this stylish retro garden table with a little bit of help from Resene.

How to make a retro garden table

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 57

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need:

  • 50mm galvanised nails
  • 90mm galvanised nails
  • 20mm x 40mm timber (approx 2.1m)
  • 1.5m fence paling
  • Exterior PVA glue
  • Hammer, paintbrush,pencil
  • Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Freelance
  • Resene Quick Dry
  • Sandpaper, saw, tape measure
  • Tongue and groove landscaping timber cut to the following lengths:
    • 500mm (x6)
    • 400mm (x6).

To get the look: Mark painted the background fence with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Surf Crest.

Other ideas: For a soft green effect paint the table with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Dingley.

Step 1 Step one
Measure, mark and cut the tongue and groove landscaping timber to the lengths listed above and then smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 2 Step two
Assemble these together, as shown, fixing with 90mm nails and PVA glue.
Step 3 Step three
Measure, mark and cut the fence paling into three 500mm pieces and then smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 4 Step four
Attach these to form the table top, as shown, fixing with 50mm nails and PVA glue.
Step 5 Step five
Measure, mark and cut the 20mm x 40mm timber into two 490mm lengths and two 540mm lengths. Smooth rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 6 Step six
Attach these around the edge of the table top, as shown, fixing with 50mm nails and PVA glue. Allow glue to dry.
Step 7 Step seven
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the table and allow to dry.
Step 8 Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Freelance to the table, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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