#Pandemic Picnic Table – Wordless Wednesday

Let your photo(s) tell a story.

The scavenger find….

The paint…
The end result….
The pandemic picnic table is now ready for….
The Guests!

PS. Although we’ve been having glorious weather lately, once the yellow-jacket wasps descend in September outdoor entertaining is basically over for the year. The slightest morsel of food or drink convinces these persistent visitors to overstay their welcome.

The paint is Lowe’s Valspar Seasonal Exterior color-matched to Michael’s Americana Decor chalkpaint in Serene Blue. Although it has a turquoise tint in different lighting, it’s actually more blue like the paint photo. I like the way it appears to change color depending on the time of day and amount of shade versus sun. I have an old blue and yellow beach umbrella to fit the center hole once I scavenge an umbrella holder.

26 thoughts on “#Pandemic Picnic Table – Wordless Wednesday

  1. Joni says:

    Although we’ve been having glorious weather lately, once the yellow-jacket wasps descend in September outdoor entertaining is basically over for the year. The slightest morsel of food or drink convinces these persistent visitors to overstay their welcome.

    The paint is Lowe’s Valspar Seasonal color-matched to Michael’s Americana Decor chalkpaint in Serene Blue. Although it has a turquoise tint in different lighting, it’s actually more blue like the paint photo.

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  2. Dave says:

    Nice blue, Joni! Looks different in the second/fourth photos (vs. the third), but either shade works for me. Care to reveal the brand and color? Also, looks like you have the option for an umbrella in the center. Hope you host a socially-distanced “swarm” sometime soon.

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    • Joni says:

      No socially distanced swarms here in Sept. just the wasps! I do have a pretty blue and yellow multi-colored print umbrella to go in the hole in the centre, but need some kind of stand. I’ll have to go scavenging again!

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    • Joni says:

      I’ll go in and add that comment to the text later at the end. I wasn’t sure with a wordless wednesday in the new block editor if it would show up at the beginning or the end, so I left it out.

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  3. Anne says:

    This is a delightful example of making something new from something old and it looks beautiful! Sorry about the uninvited guests that make entertaining outdoors a ‘pain’. Here we are bothered by hordes of mosquitoes and moths at night but are fine during the summery days – soon on their way.

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    • Joni says:

      Thanks Ally! I was pleased with the way it turned out. But I swear that old table will be the death of me, as another bout of back pain ensued from stooping and crouching for 3 hours! Maybe some of that old furniture you just donated will be someone else’s treasure.

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    • Joni says:

      Yes Debbie I was thinking of including it because I do have some back pain now from painting and stooping over for 3 hours…..2 coats on…….hopefully it won’t last as long as the last bout.

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  4. avwalters says:

    We have had great success with yellow jacket traps. We use them because they are not friendly for bee hives–robbing and attacking, expecially in September, when there’s honey to steal. This requires advance planning. Late in April, or early May, we put out pheremone traps–before the colonies get established. That way, we catch the queens, and avoid having the yellow jackets completely. We have to refresh the pheromone after about 10 weeks, and then we are good for the summer. Come September, no yellow jackets.

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    • Joni says:

      That’s interesting….esp after my experience last fall where they went under the siding of my house, I finally had Pest Away spray them, and then had to smell the multitude of dead larvae for a month after! Are yellow jacket traps and pheromone traps two separate types of traps, and where does one buy a pheromone trap for the spring? I went through a number of different traps for the yellow jackets, (mostly just sugar water), plus sprays and foams, last fall but they just ignored them as they were already happy with their new home under the siding.

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      • avwalters says:

        They state specifically that they are pheromone traps. There are several kinds, a “multi-wasp” one and one specific to yellow jackets. We found the yellow jacket specific one to be the best (though it does nothing to prevent the occasional paper wasp nest.) We were after the yellow jackets–specifically because of the bees, and because they can be so damn agressive. We found them at Home Depot. The traps come with one round of pheromone, and then there are separate pheromone refills. They are a little more expensive than the competition, but they are non-toxic and effective. We buy a lot–one for the garden area, one each, for house and barn, and then one for the apiary. (One of the downsides of a large property–more spread out, so more traps needed.) The key to success is early placement. If you catch the queens right out of the gate, there are no nests to contend with.

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  5. Linda Schaub says:

    This is a beautiful blue color Joni – same as the pout chair and stool I did about 15 years ago. So this is the table that done your back in a for the beginning of the Summer. Once you scavenge your remaining part, you’ll be all set for next year.

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    • Joni says:

      I was pleased with the color, but then I’ve used it before on a chair…..and yes this is the table that caused me two weeks of misery back in May….and I have to admit the 3 hours of crouching and stooping to put 2 coats on has caused some sore muscles again, but less than last time. I did 3 painting projects last week, but this week is a write-off as I’m busy doing last minute stuff for mom’s art show, and yesterday I had a gas leak…..discovered when the guy came to do the furnace/AC inspection….so had to get another company in today to fix that…..and now I’m a whole week behind in Reader again…..sigh….it’s always something!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I thought your chair was the same – we compared colors/chairs before. Well that is too bad … this table is bad news for you. That is scary as to the gas leak … that always worries me, that or a cracked heat exchanger. They can tell by dropping a video camera inside the furnace. I caught up a lot tonight as I was three days behind.

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