How to Paint a Picnic Table


Everybody loves a picnic with delicious treats and yummy delicacies. But a worn or dirty picnic table with peeling paint can make your appetite head south. Fortunately, it's easy to bring a weathered table to back to life with a little TLC and a cheery coat of paint. Make a weekend project of painting your wooden picnic table, then enjoy a picnic with your family in the great outdoors later.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • Hose
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Wire brush
  • Medium fine sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer
  • Tarps or dropcloths
  • Exterior primer
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Exterior paint
  • Exterior spray paint
  • Mix a small amount of mild detergent and water in a bucket. Remove excess dirt or stains from the picnic table with a scrub brush dipped in the solution. Rinse well, and allow the table dry thoroughly.

  • Remove loose or chipped paint with a wire brush. Scrape in a repetitive motion to lift away any large chunks.

  • Smooth any rough paint patches or worn wood with a piece of medium fine sandpaper. Feather the edges of any pits or scratches.

  • Wipe away any sawdust or debris with a tack cloth. Paint or primer will not stick to dust or dirt.

  • Lay a drop cloth on your exterior patio, garage, grass or wherever you will paint the table.

  • Spray or brush an exterior primer on the bare wood. Don't forget the legs of the table. Allow the primer to dry completely before proceeding to paint the picnic table.

  • Apply a quality exterior paint as the final finish. Use a spray can or paint brush and use smooth, even strokes. Let the first coat dry thoroughly, then apply another coat.

  • Allow the coats of paint to dry completely before using the picnic table.

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