DIY PROJECT: A Pinteresting Picnic Table

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Yesterday I noticed a friend of mine pinned an awesome Little Tikes Picnic Table Re-Do…. the tutorial originally came from Caroline’s Crafty Corner and I decided to try it out for myself.  After all I had the same exact sun faded picnic table just sitting in my back yard – so why not? Hehe.


little tikes table

Little Tikes/Step 2 Picnic Table
Krylon Fusion Spray Paint
Stapler & Staples


1.)  Get a picnic table!  I got this one a few years ago at a garage sale for $3… it was already starting to fade and the yellow had little crackly lines all over it, but it served it’s purpose in our back yard for the time being.  Check garage sales, Craigslist ads, thrift stores… you are bound to find one cheap.

2.) Using the screwdriver take it apart.  There are only 8 screws.  At this point I grabbed the garden hose and sprayed it down because there were gross spider webs and dirt in the cracks.  Then I waited for it to dry in the sun.


3.)  Using the Krylon Fusion Spray Paint I painted the two end greenish pieces a dark brown.  I made sure to cover the entire thing and painted both sides.  This paint is dry to the touch in 15 minutes, can be handled in one hour, and becomes chip resistant in 7 days.


4.)  While the paint was drying I headed inside with the table top and bench seats.  I wrapped them completely in fabric and stapled it to each piece.  Some of the corners were a bit difficult because of the rounded edges.  After I had them covered in the fabric I did the same with the clear vinyl.


5.)  Once the bench seats and table top were completely covered in fabric and vinyl I reassembled the table.  Since I chose to not use the little caps that went over the screws the screws were not too small and would go right through the holes, so I just added washers and was good to go.


And now once I get the million bins of girls clothing out of my living room the girls will have a great place to eat, color, and play that can easily be wiped clean.  Plus it fits in with my décor…. that is something that can’t be said about the vast majority of kids products!  Plus the girls love it.


And the great thing about this project is you can use any print fabric and color paint to make it completely unique to your house!  Happy crafting!

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40 Responses to DIY PROJECT: A Pinteresting Picnic Table

  1. Devon says:

    This is such a great idea. I just snagged one from an online garage sale for $20 (brand new over here they are $100+) Has anyone ever covered the ones that go with the umbrella in the center?

  2. Wes says:

    Awesome idea! I just saw one of those for free on the Freecycle Yahoo page. I’m going to go get it and do this today.

  3. Betty Baez says:

    wow this is great it looks beautiful!

  4. Donna Martin says:

    that was a beautiful table

  5. jenii says:

    Hi I know u just explained how to do this but how is this fabric shinny looking

    • Meghan says:

      I wondered the same thing about it being shiny. I reread it. She wrapped it in fabric then again in clear vinyl!

  6. Sandra VanHoey says:

    Wow, my daughter had one that was a total mess and with everything we tried, couldn’t get it clean. Thanks for this info, she just might now be able to make hers look much better

  7. Beth Rees says:

    That turned out so cute. I have seen it pinned, but haven’t tried it yet. You may have convinced me to give it a try

  8. Jessica M. says:

    This is so cool! I will keep it in mind when I am out rummaging this summer!

  9. Danita Delgado says:

    About how much fabric did you use?! I’m SO doing this!

  10. Carmen C says:

    I totally need to do this

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