I have been loving the beautiful weather we have been having at the moment. The sunshine has made this lockdown a little easier for me. Although I have a small garden, I have been so grateful for it. I am treating my garden as an extra room. I am also trying to reuse and revive items that I already have. In this week’s YouTube video, I share how I revived an old Ikea TÄRNÖ bistro set. I also share how I made an easy sew table runner as well as painting my potting table.
I originally purchased the Ikea bistro set two years ago. Although it looks very bashed in the picture below, I am really happy with how the table weathered. Once I power washed the table and removed all of the grime, the wood underneath was in really good condition. I found it so satisfying to power wash the dirt off. I was able to get my power washer from my brother. It is one of the cheaper models from Lidl/Aldi that are often on the special buys. I was also able to hook my power washer up to my neighbour’s outdoor tap as unfortunately, my kitchen tap didn’t have the thread to connect to a hose. After my table set had dried, I whitewashed it with some paint. I mixed some white outdoor paint with some water, a 50:50 mix. Using a wet cloth, I worked it into the wood. You can apply some clear yacht varnish to your wood to seal and protect from the elements. As the hardware shops are closed, I will have to wait until I stock up on some to apply some varnish.
Easy Sew Table Runner
I used some scrap fabric to make a table runner for my table. If you are a sewing newbie, this project is great for practising your hems. I laid my piece of fabric on the table and marked it to size. Using my fabric scissors, I cut the fabric allowing extra space for the hem. I folded over the edge once, ironed it, then I folder it over a second time and ironed it. I added some pins, and then I took it to my sewing machine. I applied a straight line of topstitching along the hem. I gave it one last iron to smooth out any imperfections and styled it on my table. Check out my YouTube video to see how I made it. Or, if you are a complete sewing newbie, then check out my online sewing course.
Style Your Space With What You Have
My back garden area is grass. I have a really small area of paving, and I don’t have a designated patio area. I do have plans to get a larger shed or extend, so I am reluctant to commit to a patio area at the moment. A few years ago I purchased some rugs from TK Maxx. I pull these out every Summer. They are great for zoning space. I popped down one of the rugs and put my Ikea bistro set on top. I then styled the table using plates and cutlery from my kitchen. Why not save some pennies and shop from what you already have.
I know we are restricted at the moment, and a garden party might not happen this Summer. However, it might be a nice treat to do for your family/housemates. As a solo quarantiner, my guests are the cats lol! But, maybe you are in a larger household at the moment, it might be a nice break to revive the garden table, style it up and have dinner in the garden.
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