Patio Table Makeover


We were lucky enough to “inherit” a glass table when we moved into our house five years ago. Basically, the old homeowners left it in the back shed. It is functional, but so not pretty. I had bought some inexpensive plastic chairs for our back deck, but I don’t really like these chairs. The nice thing is they do fold up flat, but if the kids try to get off of them, the chairs tip over. Not good.

I have been on the hunt for some metal patio chairs through Craigslist for months, but nothing was showing up. About two weeks ago I was in Target and all the patio furniture was marked down for clearance. So, I picked up four metal chairs for $12.25 a piece! If you have ever tried to buy patio chairs (especially metal ones) you know this is a good deal. They are a plain black satin finish.

Now that I had my chairs I could finally redo the table to match. I got some ACE Rust Stop Spray paint in black satin. I took apart the table – it has two separate pieces – the bottom part with the legs and the top part with the glass.

With the help of my husband, we removed the glass and I spray painted each piece. It actually only took one can of spray paint to do both pieces.

Since this piece was so old, the plastic pieces that hold the glass into the metal rim were cracked and broken – not at all salvageable. So I went on the hunt to find replacement pieces. To save you all the trouble this is what I got: Part 30-916B in Black (no longer available). They are called “table rim clips”. I found similar ones here.

And here is what the table looks like put all back together.

I am really happy with the way it turned out. The table itself cost less than $10 to redo (just the cost of spray paint and the rim clips). Not too bad!

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  1. The wonders of spray paint! Way to score on those chairs, too. Very nice. ~Poppy

  2. Thanks Poppy. I love spray paint! :)

  3. Jodie marshall says:

    Just wondering if you could explain in a little more detail how you got the glass out of the metal rim. Thanks in advance

    • Hi Jodie!
      In my table, there are small plastic clips that hold the glass in place. The glass sits inside the metal rim and the clips go in underneath the glass to hold it in place. Simply remove the plastic clips and you will be able to carefully slide the glass out. Then, when it is time to put your table back together, you will re-install the plastic clips underneath the glass once again. Mine has 4 clips.

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