Patio Table Makeover. Refresh an old and tired patio table with a can of spray paint. Paint makes everything look new again!
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. Our old ugly patio table needed a major refresh.
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Let’s Start with The Table
The table itself is actually a mix of two patio tables that were mixed together. What the heck? This made the table look even worse with two different finishes on the metal.
I originally purchased cheap plastic chairs for our back deck, but honestly, I don’t really like them. They were off white so they sort of matched the table.
Related: Spray Paint Plastic Chairs
They fold up flat, which is nice. But the chairs tip over if the kids try to get off of them. Needless to say, it is not ideal.
I have been on the hunt for some metal patio chairs to replace our not so sturdy plastic ones through Craigslist for months. Nothing was showing up. I didn’t want to do anything to the table until I found the chairs I wanted. Who wants to paint something twice if you don’t have to?
Thankfully, a couple of weeks ago I was in Target and all the patio furniture was marked down for clearance.
I picked up four metal chairs for only $12.25 each. If you have ever tried to buy patio chairs (especially metal ones), then you know this is a good deal! They are a plain black satin finish.
The ones I purchased are no longer available but these chairs are similar: Patio Dining Chairs
Now that I had my chairs I could finally redo the table to match.
How to Paint a Metal and Glass Patio Table
How to Remove Glass From a Patio Table
I started by taking apart the table with the help of my husband. The patio table is made up of two separate pieces – the bottom part with the legs and the top part with the glass. To remove the glass you have to first remove the clips under the glass.
The clips on my table were old, and the plastic was hard and cracked, so they popped out easily. If yours are in good condition you may need to pry them out with a flat head screwdriver.
Prep the Table For Paint
Then, I scrubbed everything well with soap and water and allowed it all to dry.
I hate sanding. Whenever I can avoid it, I will. Since my table was ugly but not actually in bad shape, I didn’t worry about sanding first.
Spray Paint the Patio Table
It only took one can of spray paint to do both pieces. For this project I purchased Ace Rust Stop Spray paint in black satin. However, my go-to paint for most projects is Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer. Allow it to dry thoroughly.
assemble the Table
As I mentioned above, since this table 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.
The pieces are called “table rim clips” – who knew? They come in black, white, and clear.
Once the table was put back together, it looked so much better – almost like a brand new table!
Patio Table Makeover: Before and After
I am happy with the way it turned out. The table cost less than $10 to makeover which included both the cost of spray paint and the rim clips. I am always amazed by what a little spray paint can do to completely change the look of something.
Now you don’t have to pass up a less than perfect patio table at yard sales when you see one for a great price. You can make it over yourself!
Helpful Tips for a Patio Table Makeover:
- If you do not plan on sanding, use a paint with primer (or a separate primer, first) to get the best results
- Many spray paints now come with both paint and primer, so you can use one can for the job
- If your table has uneven spots or rust, be sure to remove that before painting
- Use light, even coats of spray paint and allow them to dry between coats according to the spray can instructions
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