We have had an old wood banquet table for about 10 years. We use it outside every summer for all our parties and entertaining and believe me it has been through just about everything.
We acquired it well-used (from someones garbage I believe) and just cleaned it up and use it year after year. At one point we even purchased laminate to cover the top with and that helped it to last a few more years.
Unfortunately this year when we took it out we realized it was getting pretty ratty looking. The laminate had come loose from the wood and bubbled in a lot of places and the metal edges were actually pretty sharp. My nephew even ripped his favorite dragon ball z shirt on the corner at our annual Father's day barbeque and we felt really bad about that (We sewed the hole in the shirt and bought him a new one too!).
We kind of knew the table would have to go eventually so we were prepared to one day have to throw it out. But I really didn't want to, and neither did my husband. A new banquet table would cost us around $90 and yes, that would be much easier, but in my opinion, and his, not the best option.
We really try hard not to throw out a lot of garbage and we are both avid do-it-ourselfers (Is that even a word?). If we can find a better use for something or redo it then we keep it and do exactly that.
So, naturally we decided to keep that old 8' banquet table and redo it. We kept the good parts and replaced the moldy, staple riddled, ruined laminate covered wooden top. And even better, we didn't even throw out that old top....we ripped off the bubbled laminate and repurposed it to be used on the saw horses as a work table! Now we use it for painting and other projects with no worries about ruining it. Bonus for us and less garbage for the dump!
Total cost of redoing the table: $40
Total cost of not having to throw anything out: priceless!
Watch the video below to see how we did it!
And yes, it was a joint effort between my husband and myself! Pretty much everything we do is!
See how easy it was? So next time, before you just throw something out, think about all the ways you can use it or redo it first and just maybe we can all work to save the world with one less piece of garbage at a time....
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