Can you believe it? Beckie Farant, the creative genius behind ROADKILL RESCUE is featuring another of my projects.
If you are new to my blog, then you may have not seen this one:
My Roadside Plank topped Farm Table
The table was already a free to me from a friend who had moved, poor little table was left behind…..It was serving as my outdoor patio table, perfectly happy, but waiting for an upgrade.
One day I received a text from a friend.
“Big pile of wood planks off Highway 4, on the gravel, room enough to pull over”.
(I pulled over where the arrow is…)
This is what I found, they were very dirty
I cleaned them thoroughly by first a good power wash, to remove the large chunks of dirt and debris. Next, I got to work scrubbing them with a ton TSP and hot water, and a little help from Mr. Red:
After cleaning them up with Mr. Red, my helper, I secured them to the table. I did this by first doing a “dry fit”. It is kind of like putting a puzzle together, and you have to see how each plank fits together, then change them around a bit for a tight fit. Once I had the look I wanted, I used Gorilla Glue, and weighted the planks down to dry. Next I drilled pilot holes at each end, then used long screws to secure them to the table. When the planks were set in place, I used a skill saw to do a rough chop on each end, then sanded the ends until smooth. I sealed them with several coats of an outdoor poly, and VOILA
We have a gorgeous new Table
I love the variation in the color and the imperfectness of it.
There is much more to the story, like the fact I broke the speed limit and then some to get my car pool to dance so I could get back and grab the planks. I wasn’t exactly equipped for the job, I was in heels and a skirt. Do I let a nice outfit come between me and some “junque”? NON! A nice man pulled over to help me because he thought the boards had fallen out of my car then looked at me like I was crazy when I told him I was picking them up off the highway. It was quite the process to get them clean, but so worth it!