Junkin' Finds, Summer

Thrifted Vintage Patio Table Makeover for the Summer Porch


Summer is HERE and our family has been spending so many leisurely moments on our “summer porch.” The massive, 44 foot long porch was a major selling point for us and obviously the first thing we loved when we first stepped on it an estate sale a year and a half ago. 


Here is picture of  how one end of the porch was looking right after we gave the porch a fresh coat of paint and started sprucing it up last summer. I was just using what I had to try to furnish the porch at the time, thinking it would be easy to find furniture.  NOPE! We have spent the entire year shopping for porch furniture, but never could find anything we really loved (or we just wouldn’t pay the ridiculous prices! I decided to just be patient and let the thrifting magic happen!



In March of this year I found this vintage metal table at a local consignment shop for only $15! I knew the petite size would be perfect for placing in front of the small vintage metal glider on the end of the porch.



Of course I loved it’s chippy shabby vintage goodness, but I knew it needed a fresh coat of black paint to pull the seating area together.


I was too impatient to run to Lowes to buy the black Rustoleum metal paint I usually use for outdoor furniture, so I grabbed a can of flat black spray paint I had on hand and transformed the table in about 20 minutes. It took longer to scrub the nasty glass top clean than it did to repaint the base!


I decided to swipe the two small matching black chairs that we have been using on the opposite side of the porch to complete this sitting area and I think it’s coming together great! Today I have plans to head to the greenhouse to find some huge ferns for the black pots, and of course I can’t wait to style up the “new” table!”


I have had this thrifted basket for a few years that I used to corral garden supplies on my potting bench. I am going to use it on the table, but I am not sure what the contents will be just yet. I like that it has handles so can easily move it and prop our feet up on the table. *The vintage faux bois bowl planter was a $10 estate sale find this weekend. More about my plants and planters in an upcoming post.


For this post I grabbed a planter from the steps and made a bouquet from the daises I cut when pruning back a clearance shasta daisy. It is going to be fun to style this table seasonally, but also useful for snack and summer tea time!


I am so glad you stopped by to visit me “on the summer porch” today! I have missed you, dear readers and friends! I have so much to share this summer and my newsletter is starting back up this week, so be sure to subscriibe if you haven’t already. I will be sharing more of my patriotic porch at the end of June, so please plan to drop by again.


Happy summer, and happy thrifting!




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  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    Your porch is amazing; so deep and relaxing!! How fun that you could find your metal table thrifting. Everything is looking beautiful!

    June 13, 2024 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    What a lovely spot Amber! LOVE it, and you did a fabulous job on the table. You’re right – it really does tie the space together. I see many happy hours on the glider this summer!

    June 13, 2024 at 3:33 pm
    • Reply Amber

      Thank you so much Barbara. Now I just need to get the thrifted gilder soldered and painted. Always a project!

      June 13, 2024 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    It would have been hard for me to paint that adorable white chippy table. But seeing the finished seating group makes it understandable. It all looks great. Loving the color in the cushions and pillows.

    I’m about to spray paint our chipped chairs with black Rustoleum too. I hope they turn out as nice as your table did. Love the basket and how you styled it. I think I might need to find one for myself. 😉 Enjoy your beautiful patio!

    June 20, 2024 at 3:15 pm
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