Summer Tiki Bar | DecoArt Garden Table Makeover - LAURA'S little PARTY

Summer Tiki Bar | DecoArt Garden Table Makeover

July 31, 2015

This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

Today I'm sharing how I refurbished an old gardening table, into a festive Summer Tiki Bar!

I found this table, a couple years back, at our neighborhood block sale. I thought it was a steal for only $10. I removed a mini basin that sat in the center of the table. It was most-likely used for potting purposes, etc.

The table once had a painted window, as a backdrop. I had to remove it after I accidentally cracked it. Whoopsie!

I was in the middle of planning an Olaf themed Summer Luau for my boys' birthday party, and I was looking to create a tiki bar. I knew the gardening table was a perfect candidate for a party makeover!

I chose paint colors that coordinated with our party's decor. DecoArt had just the right colors I was looking for.

Supply List - Here is what I used.
1 8oz. Americana Multi-Surface satin Acrylics - Deep Turquoise
1 8oz. Americana Multi-Surface satin Acrylics - Pumpkin Orange
4 2oz. Americana Multi-Surface satin Acrylics - Cocoa Bean
Paint brush assortment

I started off by wiping down my furniture piece. Since the table resides in my backyard, lots of dust & spiderwebs had collected. 

I took my bottles of paint and poured them into a bowl, for easier access. When I saw that I only had 4 small bottles of Cocoa Bean {miscalculation on my part} I was a bit concerned...

As I was brushing on the paint, I was amazed at the coverage. It not only went on smoothly, but I knew right away that my 4 small bottles would be just enough to cover my garden table. And with the look I was trying to achieve, a second coat wouldn't be necessary. {That's great news for this get-done-quickly, kind of girl!}

 Now it was time to start brushing the smaller portion of my gardening table. I wanted the top half to be painted with a deep turquiose. I used a small brush for this area. Again, the paint just glides on, and sticks really well! 

I am still amazed at how much I was able to cover, with just (4) 2oz. bottles! And I was really happy with the look my paint brush had achieved. It didn't look perfectly covered, and that's exactly what I was going for.  

Now that the paint had dried for a day, it was time to start adding all the fun details! I started with this faux bamboo wall corrugated paper, from Shindigz. I cut a piece to fit perfectly where the missing glass once sat. 

I printed out some tiki men printables, and used them to cover up the wooden hearts that were on either side of the gardening table. Drink dispensers were filled with sweet tea, and pineapple juice. I hand stamped tags from Michelle's Party Plan-it, and tied them to my dispensers, with raffia.

Bamboo paper straws, from Oriental Trading, and Hawaiian Tiki Swizzle Stir Sticks, from KegWorks, were displayed in a Mason Jar. 

Coconut cups on top of a bamboo tray, from HomeGoods, helped invite the guests to serve up a drink, at the new tiki bar!

I took the Americana Pumpkin Patch color, and painted one of my cake stands. It was the perfect pop of color for my tiki bar. I also added a tiki bar banner, also from Michelle's Party Plan-it. Attaching it to a paper grass skirt added more of a "tiki" feel. Paper lanterns, tissue poms, and tissue balls hung above the bar. 

I hope you enjoyed my garden table makeover! I had so much fun transforming this old piece into something fun + festive, for our Summer party.


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