I’m not gonna lie, since we’ve started our backyard makeover, my husband and I are totally in love with our backyard. My husband is so excited to show it off, he actually posts his cell number on Facebook, urging friends to come over and enjoy it with us. He’s all mine, ladies!
The last major update I mentioned in the May newsletter was that we were closing off our backyard. We’ve lived here for 14 years, and while we’ve always had high hopes for our backyard, we never did anything about it. It seemed like a lost cause because of the slanted grade, and probably laziness, too.
We really stalled on closing it off because of finances, and when the opportunity arose, we jumped on it. Especially since people were beginning to steal things out of our yard – they tried to take our Adirondack chairs. Then we added a vertical garden and bought some more interesting signs to hang on the fence. We purchased an outdoor sink at a flea market (it’s SO handy!).
We wanted more surfaces in the backyard. This was because the only table we had was the patio table, which was fine, but difficult to set for dinner when all the grilling paraphernalia was on it.
My idea was to put up a fence table. Something that could be set up or taken down with minimal inconvenience but give the extra space we needed. After discussing options, my husband got to work – using pallets, of course!
For this project, we used:
- pallet boards, cut to one size and sanded
- extra pieces to be attached crosswise on the boards
- metal chain
- cup hooks
- Thompson water seal
My husband measured the space we decided to put the table in and cut pieces of pallet wood to fit accordingly. These pieces were sanded with a palm sander.
Ideally, we wanted the table to fold up, but, we had a wall planter, and a two-by-four piece of wood that caused a snag, and it wouldn’t sit flush against the fence that way.
I suggested having the table fold down instead of up, and my husband loved the idea. So, he reworked his plan. He attached the hinges to the underside of the table.
Next, he figured out how much chain he would need for each side and cut the length he needed. He screwed the chain onto the table itself, using a washer on each side to help with the mobility of the chain. It may need to twist certain ways in order to be hooked to the cup hooks on the fence. These hooks were attached next.
We had a folding outdoor table.
Later I gave the table a coat of Thompson’s Water Seal. We attached a rack underneath the table, from IKEA. Using S-hooks, we can hang BBQ utensils and our grilling basket.
What do you think? Would you consider adding something like this to your outdoor space?