Barbecues, outdoor parties or a simple weekend lunch with the family are all great occasions to use an outdoor table. An outdoor table is a nice addition to your outdoor patio and yard, if sometimes a costly one. If you have an old dining table you just cannot bear to throw away, repurpose it with paint or varnish to create a table for outdoor use.
Things You'll Need
- Oil-based primer
- Disposable gloves
- Outdoor paint
- Finishing pads
- Marine spar varnish or tinted polyurethane
- Lint-free shop paper towels
Using Colored Paint
Clean the dining table with mild liquid soap and water. Allow the table to dry completely.
Use the sandpaper to remove any finish that is on the wood table. You need to sand away the existing finish completely prior to applying a new coat of paint to ensure the new paint adheres properly.
Use a paintbrush to apply a coat of oil-based primer to the table. An oil-based product penetrates the wood surface easily and is more durable than water-based products. Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from being stained by the paint.
Apply outdoor paint to the freshly sanded dining table. You can choose to use spray paint or gallon paint and a paintbrush; either method works well. Outdoor paint is important to use as it can withstand the weather elements, such as rain, snow and sunshine, which can warp and destroy the wood surface.
Allow the freshly painted dining table to dry for 48 hours before using.
Natural Wood Finish
Follow Steps 1 and 2 in Section 1 to prepare the indoor dining table for outdoor use.
Use a finishing pad to apply marine varnish or tinted polyurethane. You can purchase these pads at paint stores and home improvement stores. Work with the grain of the wood for a consistent and natural wood appearance.
Wipe off the varnish or polyurethane with lint-free shop paper towels. Wipe in the direction of the grain. The shop paper towels are more durable than commercial paper towels and you can purchase them at paint stores and home improvement stores. Work quickly before the varnish begins to dry and becomes too sticky to work with.
Let the varnish dry overnight and repeat Step 3 up to five times. Numerous coats of varnish give the wood the durability to endure outdoor elements.
Tips & Warnings
- Apply paint or varnish in a well-ventilated area. Allow finishing pads to dry completely before disposing of them according to manufacturer recommendations.
- Move the painted dining table indoors during cold winter months to protect it from the harsh elements.
- Photo Credit Thomas Jackson/Lifesize/Getty Images brush in paint image by Vladislav Gajic from Fotolia.com
How to Repaint a Metal Table
Metal tables, especially those used in outdoor gardens and patios, can quickly rust and deteriorate from exposure to the elements. They should...
How to Varnish a Dining Table
Applying varnish to a dining table is just about as easy as applying paint. However, because of the characteristics of varnish, you...
How to Paint a Dining Room Table
If you've checked out the prices in furniture stores, you're well aware of the high cost of purchasing new furniture. A dining...
How to Paint the Glass on My Patio Table
Patio table glass is painted mainly for decorative reasons. Clear glass tables often show fingerprints and what lies beneath the table may...
How to Paint a Glass Coffee Table With Krylon Fusion Paint
Glass coffee tables are available in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. Coffee tables provide an area for drinks, plates, magazines...
How to Polyurethane a Table
Adding a clear coat of polyurethane brings out the natural beauty of a wood table. Polyurethane topcoats applied over painted or stained...
How to Clean a Wood Dining Room Table
A wood dining room table is usually the centerpiece of a formal dining room. Depending on the family, a dining room table...
How to Use an Indoor Dining Table Outside for a Patio
It is easy to use an indoor dining table outside for a patio, particularly if you are unconcerned about exposing the table...