How to paint a porch table

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My husband brought home a free round dining table with three leaves that I don't have room for in the house. How can I paint it and the leaves to weather proof it for alfresco dining? I don't need to store it on my large back porch in winter, but would like to replace the picnic table we use now.
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  • William Stewart William Stewart on Jan 25, 2015
    Paint it & seal it with one of the poly coatings. Could your Husband make the table top to "TILT" for easier storing. Good Luck.
  • Denise Denise on Jan 25, 2015
    I painted one, I wish I would have done about 3 coats of sealer...other than that, it did fine :)
  • Yvonne Day Aka Miss Ruby Yvonne Day Aka Miss Ruby on Jan 26, 2015
    Spar varnish is what I would use. It is for boats and other water items so this stuff is worth it. Make sure you get the feet really well.
  • Susan Susan on Jan 26, 2015
    @ Follow sealant instructions and wrap it up tilted for the winter with a camping tarp over it and you could place it on cement patio bricks so it won't touch the ground. If that doesn't work go buy yourself something more convenient for all year use lol
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Jan 26, 2015
    @Joan McAllister did you want a wood finish or paint? May have an impact on what you use. Regardless I would recommend outdoor finishes and to use an outdoor polyurethane on it - about 3 or 4 coats. That should help protect for some time. May want to polyurethane every couple of years.
  • Joan McAllister Joan McAllister on Jan 26, 2015
    I was going to paint it a color and then seal it. I have a large back porch, 40' x 20' and wicker, three pieces new black and two antique white, two outdoor rugs and thought I would make a dining area on one side. Have a round side table in dark royal blue with flowers from my garden painted on it and sealed.
    • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Jan 27, 2015
      @Joan McAllister we have sectioned our deck into two distinct areas - one for dining and one for lounging - have a metal gazebo over the lounging area and I hang some weighted sheers on three sides for ambiance and privacy. If you choose to paint and then change your mind on colour or wood grain you can always change it. Enjoy your project and the finished effects.
  • We painted our wicker outdoor furniture with Rustoleum through a paint gun. Several coats. So far, so good ..
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