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Add Color to Your Picnic Table

June 5, 2017

Posted by Ashley VanderWall

Add a pop of color to your Children's Picnic Table

Sure, a picnic table looks nice when left unpainted. But it looks even better with a little color. Apply stain for a classic look or a bright paint color to add pizazz. Painting or staining a picnic table is not hard or time-consuming. It’s an easy afternoon project. We added a pop of color to our Children’s Picnic Table and love the results.

Ready to try it out for yourself? Here’s how:

How to Paint a Picnic Table - Materials Needed

1. Gather your materials. You’ll need:
  • Children’s Picnic Table Kit
  • 7/16 in. Wrench
  • Hammer or rubber mallet
  • Your favorite paint color (We used less than a quart of paint on the children’s picnic table.)
  • Paint brush
  • Drop cloth

Tip: Choose a paint that is weather-resistant. We used a high-gloss, all-surface enamel. If you’re unsure what to use, ask your local paint supplier for a recommendation.

2. Lay out all the individual wood picnic table components on a drop cloth. It’s easier to paint the components before they are assembled.

Outdoor Essentials Children's Picnic Table Components

Note: You can paint a picnic table that is already assembled. If possible, we recommend painting prior to assembly for ease of painting.

3. Paint the top side of the components. Let paint dry completely.

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Tip: Don’t forget to paint in between the wood slats! It will be noticeable if missed.

painting outdoor essentials children's picnic table


4. Flip the components and paint the other side. Let paint dry completely.

5. Assemble the picnic table following the installation instructions.

outdoor essentials children's picnic table final blue

The painted Children's Picnic Table is perfect for little ones from three to eight years old. If you don't have little ones, add some personality to an adult-sized picnic table! With an adult-sized table, you will obviously need more paint than we used here, but the process is the same.
Happy painting!