As I sit here writing this post, I am somewhat at a loss as to how to start. Do any of you fellow bloggers ever feel that way? I always struggle with my opening paragraph! I mean, obviously, as you can see in my opening picture, I got a new table on our back deck, and it is an old spool that we are using as a table! This spool table is the star of the show today people!
I am madly in love with it, but I want to go back and tell you a little story about my beloved spool table.
And then, I am going to show you around the rest of my lower and upper level deck that I have been working on and getting ready for summer. Sound good? I hope you stick around, because I have lots of pictures to share today, and I am super excited to share them with you! Below is a view of the lower deck. You can click here to see this same view of our lower deck from last summer.
A few days later, I was at work and I got a text message from her with a picture of a large spool, and measurements, and he could get this one for us whenever we wanted it! I told her I would have to go home and figure out if it would be the right size, and she even went outside and measured her own patio table and it was the exact same height- Bingo! Isn’t she just the sweetest? So we made arrangements to go pick it up last weekend. Being 150 pounds, it took three strong men to get it up the stairs to our deck, but they did it (and one of those strong men was Chip, Teresa’s husband). Believe it or not, I have never met Teresa! I have to say, it restores my hope in humanity, knowing there are such nice people out there who are willing to help a sister out. I have met Chip, because he helped us get the spool, but I have yet to meet her! We have plans to go walking together and even get the kids together at the pool very soon though. And we are definitely going to have a cookout for Teresa and her husband, and also the other friends who helped us by letting us use their truck and helping get the spool up the stairs.
When I saw this spool in the picture, I fell completely in love with it. I had plans in my mind to paint it a fun color, or stain it or something, but when I saw it, I just thought it was perfectly distressed and weathered, and I am in love with it just the way it is. So right now, our only plans are to have a round piece of glass made to place on top of it. I think that will make it easier to keep clean, and I will feel more safe having the kids eat off of it. I also think the shiny glass will be the perfect touch of glimmer to this weathered spool. And I even love the chairs we bought to go with it! They match almost to perfection, and they are some of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in. We actually bought five, but one of them is currently on our front stoop. They are the perfect height for the table. You can’t sit all the way back in them if you are going to eat, but who does that anyway? They are nice and casual and loungey (is that even a word?), and I could just sit out here in them all day long!
Last weekend, we went to a rummage sale and a community yard sale, and I picked up this vintage spool and this old planter.
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