Jazz Up an Outdoor Table With Vintage Album Covers

swing and adirondack chairs and cube side table

My dad simply loves this swing. So when we moved last year, his only request was to make sure we brought it with us to our new house. On his first visit, he and my husband set out to hang the swing from a tree in our front yard. It made sense to flank the swing with our Adirondack chairs and create a nice gathering area. But what would really be useful in this area is a small table — something that can handle the elements because this little set up isn’t going anywhere. Enter Rust-Oleum NeverWet. This product promises the unbelievable — it creates a “superhydrophobic” barrier. That means moisture is downright scared of this stuff!

I enlisted my husband Andy to make a simple wood cube and set to finding some fun LP album covers to adorn the outside. This makes our outdoor setup totally unique. Watch my fun video to see the cube in action, and see below for details on how we did it.

This post is brought to you by Rust-Oleum NeverWet — “You’ve never seen water behave this way!”


Step 1

 Open Gallerymeasure album coversMeasure your record covers. For a more finished look, you’ll want to make your cube the size of the covers. When measuring, take into account the width of your plywood, and subtract that out.


Step 2

 Open Gallerymeasure plywoodCut your plywood to size.

Step 3

 Open Galleryuse a pocket hole jigUse a pocket hole jig to create pocket holes about every 8 inches. You will use these to join the boards together.

Step 4

 Open Galleryadd screws to pocket holesTo create the cube, drop one-inch screws in the pocket holes and attach the boards together.

Step 5

 Open Gallerycube before putting on topThis is what it will look like before you attach the top.

Step 6

 Open Galleryadd topPlace the cube top on the ground and work from the inside of the cube to attach the top.

Step 7

 Open Galleryattach albumsUse wood glue to attach the record covers to the outside of the cube. Trim any areas that hang over your cube.

Step 8

 Open Galleryadd support screwsSecure the covers by attaching with 1/2-inch screws in the middle and around the perimeter of the cube.

Step 9

 Open Galleryfinished cube with album coversCheck out how the finished cube looks covered with record covers!

Step 10

 Open Gallerycover with neverwetNow cover the cube with the Rust-Oleum NeverWet can labeled Step 1. Allow 30 minutes to dry.

Step 11

 Open Galleryadd second coat of neverwetSpray on the Rust-Oleum NeverWet top coat in the Step 2 can. Apply several coats, allowing to dry 30 minutes between each coat.

Step 12

 Open Gallerycube side table and adirondack chairsIt’s complete! The finished cube is in place and ready for the elements. Or a clumsy guest who happens to spill anything. (Note: In heavy rain, I’ll bring the cube inside and may need to reapply the NeverWet occasionally.)


  • Formaldehyde-free plywood
  • 20 one-inch screws
  • 20 1/4-inch screws
  • 20 LP record covers
  • Rust-Oleum NeverWet


  • Drill
  • Impact driver
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Wood glue
  • Circular saw
About Michele Purcell 


My official title is Manager of Original Video Production, but my peeps call me Go-Go. If I’m not traveling the country creating online videos like these, I can be ...

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7 Responses

  1. forex says:

    I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.You�ve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  2. emmawilson2 says:

    The patio table looks good as new! This is a great weekend project to do, and a great way to save money by buying affordable patio furniture. I think I will eventually venture into fixing the indoor furniture too. My husband and I have a nice outdoor living space made with Premium Patio that we absolutely adore. Now we can decorate our patio to make it complete.

  3. Tom T says:

    I do have a question I want to use beadbord in my shower but am afread of the wet condition do you think NeverWet would do the job?

  4. Janice F. says:

    What a great project. Thanks for the instructions. I may have to duplicate it soon!

  5. Lin Dotson says:

    I like it. It's very practical as well as decorative.

  6. Great project Michele!

  7. @June_Bug07 says:

    I just saw an advertisement for Never Wet and thought it looked amazing!!! Good to know it works! Looks great!

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