and then she snapped: how to paint an old picnic table

how to paint an old picnic table



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Remember how sometimes I like to pretend I'm a DIY blogger? (Because I am so dang cheap, not because I am so dang crafty). Well we have this old wood picnic table (that we store on the side of our house) that we use maybe once a year when we have a big outdoor barbecue. This year as our annual barbecue approached I decided I didn't want to use this nasty old thing. So, I painted it!

First, I borrowed my aunt's sander and sanded the top of the table and benches. If I was going to be professional I would have sanded the whole thing. But, I'm a slacker, so, you know.


I think this is after I sanded. But I'm also not a professional DIY blogger, so I can't be sure.


Then I hosed it down really good, to get all the yucky dusty stuff off.


Then I started priming. I always use KILZ brand indoor/outdoor primer. Because I bought a gallon a long time ago and it still hasn't run out. I used a small roller for the tops, thinking that would be easier, but I switched to a brush for the rest and I think the brush was just as easy.


The fun part? Picking out paint colors! I wanted a buttery yellow, so I chose Summer Heat (it's an Ace brand color). I bought a quart of semi-gloss exterior latex.


I did one good coat, and very little touch up. I think I may go back and do another full coat later, but it was hot out, and I wanted to be sure it dried well enough in time for our party.


I really love how the color turned out. It's a little more ivory and a little less yellow than I expected. But I like it!


Doesn't it look great with the adirondack chairs I painted last year?


48ish hours later we put it to good use:


TDC Before and After

13 comments:

  1. Pretty! And MOTIVATIONAL! I found a bookshelf at the town dump swap tent that needs a good clean up/fix up!! Maybe this weekend!

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  2. Lovely. I really like the colour.

    In other, news, though, this is how I know we would get along:

    "I always use KILZ brand indoor/outdoor primer. Because I bought a gallon a long time ago and it still hasn't run out."

    Hahaha. You and I are the same animal when it comes to things like this.

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  3. Looks great! Love your patio, and that party shot looks magical!!

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  4. Great job! I would've thought you were a professional crafter ;o) Seriously, though, love the color paint you chose!

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  5. Love the colour; brilliantly summery!

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  6. That turned out great! Looks like a brand new table.

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  7. I love the color! I think you did a fanatastic job on your DIY table project. Your famiy sitting around the table is very pretty.

    Mary

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  8. Awesome. I still want one of those picnic tables and i do love the color.

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  9. Love the color of the table and the adirondack chairs! Bookmarking this post for future reference. Thank you!

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  10. That looks great...plus I'm guessing with the paint as a barrier, your less likly to get splinters in your butt. ;)

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  11. Wow, that looks great! I would have never thought to repaint a picnic table! I'll have to remember this for next summer.

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