As you know, we entertain a lot in the summer, hosting quite a few family picnics. Guests include my 3-year-old nephew and 2 and 4-year-old nieces. It was decided that I needed a kid’s table and mom scored a Little Tykes picnic table at a yard sale for me for $15. Hurray for yard sale season (and moms)!
But when you don’t have a yard full of fun brightly colored kids’ toys; the red, blue and yellow looks out of place, not to mention it was faded and a little worse-for-wear.
I decided a little makeover was in order.
- Spray primer (2 cans)
- Spray paint (2 cans for all over) I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
- Another can for decorative purposes (optional)
- Spray clear coat
- Vinyl decals (I made my own using supplies from Happy Crafters)
First, I lightly sanded the picnic table with a fine grit sandpaper and gave it a good spraying with the pressure washer. (Thanks, Steve!)
This also comes apart some how, but I couldn’t figure it out so I didn’t bother. Apply a coat of primer:
Then spray paint:
I let it dry and ‘cure’ for a few days.
Using my FrogTape, I created a rectangle (table runner) outline on the table part of the picnic table and taped off the rest of the table top.
Using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Design Studio software, I created and cut out the letters for a dinner time prayer.
I applied the sticker type vinyl letters to the center of my rectangle and made sure FrogTape and vinyl letters were pressed down securely.
Then gave it a coat of spray paint in Rustoleum’s Lagoon. (I used a large piece of cardboard to shield the benches.)
I peeled away the FrogTape and decals while the paint was still wet. I still have blue fingernails to prove it.
I let that dry for a few days (in my vehicle mostly since it’s been raining off and on so much)…which is why I had no choice but to be patient as well! Then I used my FrogTape again to create a border around my “place mat” and filled it in with DecoArt’s Patio Paint. Then peeled away my FrogTape and again…let it dry for a few days.
I had to touch up the paint here and there. Then sealed it with a spray clear coat (satin finish) and let that dry.
Much better! And a sweet little reminder for the little ones to pray before digging in.
We tested it out over the fourth of July. Now it fits in with our patio…
*This sponsored by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.
*Vinyl provided by Happy Crafters.