You probably have one. That ugly card table you bought when you needed cheap, makeshift extra seating at Thanksgiving. Over the years it has gone from kids fort to dog grooming station to craft table and painting platform. It might be black or gray, or if you are really lucky, hunter green.
I have come so close to putting this piece of loveliness out on the curb many times, but I held on to it because it does have its uses. Needing an extra table in my sewing room, I dragged it in from the garage and cleaned it up. Still, it was almost painful to put it in my place of happiness. But then I had a thought. One of those "why didn't I think of it before?" thoughts. I could spray paint it and give it a new top. It could be....dare I say it...cute!!
So I did. And it is.
I was so happy with the transformation, that I painted the chairs, too.
Now, I have to tell you, spray paint and I have not always been the best of friends. I follow the directions, do what they say, and yet I still have drips and runs and I get spray paint everywhere!! But I have learned that #1 - when they say shake the can vigorously for two minutes, they mean it. This is a great job for a husband or a teenage son. It makes a huge difference in the amount of splatter I get. #2 - temperature matters. After the first coat, I let the table dry outside in 90 degree heat. The surface was too warm for the second coat and the paint wrinkled up. (I didn't care enough to redo it though) #3 Either paint outside, far away from the house or you need to cover everything in sight!
I used Krylon paint because they had the color I wanted (blue ocean breeze), but I did discover afterwards that many experienced spray painters recommend it for the nozzle and because it dries quickly.
I removed the table top and recovered it with a yard of vinyl that was purchased at JoAnn Fabrics. There was no need to remove the old vinyl, I just stapled right over the top of it.
This project took four cans of spray paint. That sounds like a lot, but one can does not go as far as you might think and there is a lot of overspray when painting those skinny table and chair legs. The Walmart price was $3.67 each and the vinyl was $12.99 a yard but I used a 50% off coupon. So, for about $21, I got a cute, "new" table and chairs.
And here it is in my sewing room, adding a much needed support for free motion quilting.
I had fun with this project, but now back to what I really love...