This painted picnic table project can turn your table into the focal point of your backyard or patio. All it takes is some spray paint and a little creativity.
We’ll show you how we added this sunburst pattern onto our wooden picnic table with spray paint. Of course, you can choose your own paint colors and create a design of your own. This tutorial will show you how to get started.
Just follow our step-by-step instructions for your own fun, colorful painted picnic table.
DIY Painted Picnic Table Project
- Picnic Table
- Drop Cloth
- Sand Paper – 220 Grit
- Painter’s Tape
- Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x – White Primer
- Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x – Satin Lagoon
- Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x – Satin Summer Squash
- Tape Measure
- Tack Cloths
NOTE: Before you start, be sure to spread your drop cloth(s) under the picnic table or on nearby items that you don’t want to get dirty.
Step 1 – Sand the Table
Sand the entire picnic table with 220-grit sandpaper. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Wipe the table clean with a tack cloth to remove all dust.
Step 2 – Prime the Surface
Priming is an important step with any paint project, especially when you’re painting raw wood. Applying a primer will promote top coat adhesion.
First, shake the Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x Primer for approximately one minute after the ball begins to rattle. Then apply the primer onto the entire surface in a steady back and forth pattern. Hold the can approximately 10-16 inches from the surface to avoid drips and runs.
Once the primer has dried, you are ready to apply your base coat color.
Apply Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x Satin Lagoon onto the entire surface. Again, shake the can for approximately one minute after the ball begins to rattle. Then hold the can 10-16 inches from the surface and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion.
Allow the top coat to fully dry for at least 24 hours.
Once the top coat is no longer tacky to the touch, you are ready to apply your tape. Have fun with this step, and create any shape you desire!
For the sunburst design you see on our picnic table we traced a circle onto the table using a pencil. You can trace a household plate or pizza pan, or use a compass. We masked off the circle with the painter’s tape.
Then we took the painter’s tape and used long pieces to work our way from the circle (sun) out to the edges of the picnic table (shown in the photo above). These long strips of tape make the rays to the sun.
Now you are ready to apply your accent color of Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x Satin Summer Squash. (Make sure you protect the rest of the table with your drop cloth from possible overspray.)
Shake the can for approximately one minute after the ball begins to rattle. Then hold the can 10-16 inches from the surface and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion.
Cover the entire table top, covering the tape.
Then lift the tape off and admire the painted design.
Once the paint has fully cured, you are ready to enjoy the new hero of your outdoor space! So grab a few friends and fire up the grill.