You might remember last year when I painted this table. I picked it up at the Salvation Army around ten years ago for thirty bucks. My son and I used it for a school table until he went to high school and then it was relegated to the back porch. I then slapped an ugly coat of red paint on it, decided that was hideous and covered it up with a table cloth.
The table seemed like it would be useful, but the truth is we just never ate out on our porch. The table was wobbly from having been taken apart and put back together so many times, the chairs were the wrong height, so while it looked charming it wasn't practical. Time for change (get it?). Here's a recap of the table redo. Here's the link if you want the details: Time To Update a Table.
Here's the "table's" new function--being awesome. And yes I have looked at clock kits to make it a functional timepiece but it's a bit thicker than the ones I've found so far.
Oh! And the bottom of the table got a new life as a pedestal for a statue on the porch. There's no rule that says you have to use pieces the way they were intended.