Before & After: A Plain Glass Patio Table Goes Bold!

published Apr 5, 2014
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(Image credit: Rea Tecson)

We don’t want to say these standard metal and glass outdoor furniture tables found on plenty of patios, decks and more are ugly (they might suit you just fine!), but we don’t think anyone would call them particularly pretty. That is until you see what Rea did to transform this plain patio furniture into something eye-catching and unique!

(Image credit: Rea Tecson)

From Rea:

It all started one sunny Saturday morning when I finally let my kids loose in the backyard. While the kids were busy, I noticed this really sad and gloomy patio table. So I thought I’d transform it and use it inside! After wiping this thing with a wet rag to remove the debris and let it dry, I got into painting. Painting the legs was pretty easy; I used a glossy white spray paint with multiple thin layers.

As for the glass top, I used the Americana Decor Chalk Paint in everlasting white, left over from another DIY project. After painting the glass part with a foam roller, I let it dry and I got scared because the texture was cracked!

So I added another layer of paint over it, paying special attention to the cracked areas. Multiple layers were added with about 10 – 20 minutes of drying time in between, depending on what I was doing. Then I finally had the finish that I wanted: it wasn’t smooth but it wasn’t cracked. I let the paint cure for a week. But when I finally had the time to tackle the gold-dipping and gold-striping of this table, it was super fun and super easy!

I dusted off the table then start taping it off, using Frog Tape. Remember to press your tape down to the surface with special attention to the corners, edges and curvy surfaces. Then I also used the same Frog Tape for the gold dipped legs. Then came spray-painting this baby! I used a metallic gold spray paint, Krylon Metallic Gold Spray Paint. I sprayed multiple thin layers.

Carefully remove the Frog Tape while the paint is still wet to get that nice crisp line. Then spray paint with clear acrylic for protective coating. I. love. it. I’m glad I went for half-horizontal, half-vertical stripes. It looks edgy and modern. I am especially in love with how the top looks like when your looking down at it. Oh I just love transforming anything bland to fab.

See more on Rea’s blog.

Thank you Rea!