Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Little Tikes Picnic Table Make-over

A friend of mine, who happens to have a blog of her own (What Mommy Does), picked up this Little Tikes plastic picnic table for me from a consignment sale. It was in pretty good shape, structurally, but desperately needed a make-over. It was faded from being in the sun, and it had green and brown permanent paint smeared on the top surface. At least, I hope it was just paint! 

I got my original inspiration from Caroline's Crafty Corner

  • plastic picnic table (used)
  • fabric for the top (vinyl or laminate)
  • staple gun and staples
  • spray adhesive 
  • 2 cans spray paint for use on plastic surfaces (purchased from Home Depot)
Step 1: Take the table apart. This particular model was fairly easy, as it just snapped apart. Some models will require you to unscrew screws in a couple of places. 

Step 2: Wipe the pieces down with a damp rag. Then use rubbing alcohol to clean the plastic before you paint. This will help the paint adhere better to the plastic.

Step 3. Lay the pieces out on a tarp or a flattened cardboard box. Spray all the pieces, coating both sides of each, with spray paint. You will have to do this over the course of several hours. Spray one side. Let dry. Turn over and spray the other side. Let dry. Repeat with 2nd coat.

Step 4: Cut your fabric to the appropriate size, leaving about 4 inches extra on each side to allow for easy manipulating. (You'll see what I mean when it comes time to wrap the corners.) Spray the top surface of the table with the spray adhesive and adhere the fabric. Let dry.

Step 5: Turn the table top over and staple the fabric to the back. The corners were a little tricky. I ended up just giving it a pleated look, as this particular model of table had rounded corners, which were to
difficult to get perfect. 

Step 6: Reassemble your table and you are done!