Who: Karl Jungbluth
Where: Boone, Iowa
"Our cast-iron table is now the perfect spot for alfresco dinners, but it was in terrible shape when we first saw it at a farm auction. We could see its potential, though. For the metal parts, I scraped off several layers of paint and sprayed on a fresh coat. I also removed the stained, warped linoleum tabletop, and spent a couple of hours sanding
down a piece of white oak for the new top.
"The finishing touch is the door, inspired by the huge oak trees in our yard. After sketching the design, I cut out two versions with a jigsaw and rounded the edges with a router. The screen is sandwiched between the two layers. Now we can sit outside here all summer long without getting snacked on—it's a real relief."
Shown: The screened-in room keeps out even the smallest insects, making it a perfect spot for meals and bird-watching.