I picked up this table curbside last year. The wooden top was weathered, cracked, and warped, and the base was rusted but sturdy. Then I found these French café chairs at Ikea, a replacement tabletop at The Home Depot, and exterior paint on Freecycle.
I decided to paint the set to match — but not just any paint job. The secret to painting this faux-mosaic table top? Dot stickers. Plus some white paint followed by a few coats of French blue paint. FIY: The oil-based paint took forever to dry, but it was worth the wait.
Add matching French bistro chairs (don’t you just adore the chairs below?), and you’re ready for an al fresco dinner. But not just any dinner. Snag a copy of Julia Child’s cookbook and whip up a tasty French recipe for you and your honey. (If you haven’t seen Julie & Julia yet, go see it now!) Bon appétit.