88. Fall Leaf Patio Table Top

glass table topOn a hot sunny summer day, our patio table’s glass top came to a crashing demise:broken patio table glass

We have no picture of the glass all over the flagstone, because we were very busy setting up for a house concert. The band carried right on with its rehearsal, unphased by the crashing glass.

Apparently, I could have ordered a new glass table top. But, nooooo, Gail has to make a new one. I considered using the broken glass in epoxy as the table top, but thought it would make it too heavy and use too much epoxy. Little did I know….

In the fall, I collected and pressed leaves from our yard.

I located, at the landfill and Habitat For Humanity’s Restore, some weathered-looking wood. I was looking for a more barnboard look, but this is what I found:lay out boards for patio table

I cut the boards, bevelling and painting the perimeter edges, and joined them with my biscuit joiner (neat tool!)Biscuit joining

Hot-glued the leaves to the boards.laying leaves on tabletop

Masking-taped the holes from the bottom.

Set up an epoxying station with plastic on the level floor of the workshop.

Bought a kitchen countertop refinishing kit ($50 at Home Depot). It consists of a two-part epoxy that needs to be very thoroughly mixed together.countertop epoxy

Here are the very easy instructions for using this product:

Step 1: Combine parts A and B and mix thoroughly. Step 2: Pour on countertop.  Step 3: Spread with brush.epoxy coat #1

The kit “covers” 30 square feet. Applied product will set in 24 hours, with full cure in 72 hours. See this post to read about my first experience with this interesting product in our powder room.

Unfortunately, because I didn’t glue the leaves down thoroughly enough, most of their edges lifted up. The first coat did not cover the leaves.

After I apply the epoxy, it finds its level, like water. In other words, it settles down into any hole or crack it can find, and I wasted a bunch of it because it collected on the plastic underneath the tabletop.

This is all to say that one coat didn’t cover the leaves.

Two coats didn’t cover the leaves.

And, in fact, three coats didn’t quite cover the leaves. But, at $50 a pop, I declared it good enough. Finally, for the last coat, I taped up the edges so the epoxy wouldn’t just flow right off the surface.B&W leaf table

3 coats of epoxy

We’ll see how it wears, and I may break down and apply another coat. leaf-covered patio tabletop

In the meantime, Tess took a lovely photograph of its reflections. She calls it “What’s water, what’s sky?”Sky or water?

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2 thoughts on “88. Fall Leaf Patio Table Top

  1. A table top that is inventive, creative, recycled and very useful. Love seeing the reflections in Tess’ photo too.

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