What should I paint on a wood veneer table so I can use it outside?

  12 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 09, 2021

    Here you go:

    Using Colored Paint

    Step 1

    Clean the dining table with mild liquid soap and water. Allow the table to dry completely.

    Step 2

    Use the sandpaper to remove any finish that is on the wood table. You need to sand away the existing finish completely prior to applying a new coat of paint to ensure the new paint adheres properly.

    Step 3

    Use a paintbrush to apply a coat of oil-based primer to the table. An oil-based product penetrates the wood surface easily and is more durable than water-based products. Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from being stained by the paint.

    Step 4

    You can use colored paint to match existing patio furniture.

    Apply outdoor paint to the freshly sanded dining table. You can choose to use spray paint or gallon paint and a paintbrush; either method works well. Outdoor paint is important to use as it can withstand the weather elements, such as rain, snow and sunshine, which can warp and destroy the wood surface.

    Step 5

    Allow the freshly painted dining table to dry for 48 hours before using.


  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Mar 09, 2021

    You can do it but you will need to be very very careful about keeping it covered when not in use. The rain and sun will break down the glue in the veneer and ruin it.

  • Personally, I wouldn't use a wood veneer table outdoors. Eventually, the elements will ruin it.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 09, 2021

    Hello. If it’s the type of veneer furniture that I’m familiar with usually the veneer is on a composite or a weaker type of wood. I cannot recommend using it outside unless it is covered up completely between uses. Wood can tend to mold easily in the presence of moisture.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 09, 2021

    Yes, oil based primer and oil based exterior house paint. Two full coats. You may have to repaint it every Spring.

    In addition to keeping it covered, you’ll need to put “feet” on the legs to keep them off the ground. Any moisture on the patio will wick up into the legs and accelerate the table’s decay.

    Yes decay. The table will not last more than a few years, depending on your climate and if it stays outside 12 months out of the year.

  • Em Em on Mar 09, 2021

    The best you could hope for is numerous coats of polyurethane, covering all edges well. Veneer is made for indoors. You may have luck with at least 4 layers.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 09, 2021

    You can sand and paint the table with a marine type paint that will resist all outdoor environmental issues. OR, you can paint and then use a clear marine-type sealer on the table after it's been painted or decoupaged. Have fun!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 09, 2021

    If it is solid wood, you should be good. If it is a particle or veneer construction, it will fall apart. Paint as if you were painting the exterior of a house with a primer and 2 coats exterior paint. You can also coat with marine varnish for a durable finish.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 09, 2021

    Veneer isn't really an outdoor item. I have done that in the past and don't waste your time it doesn't work well.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 09, 2021

    Hello there,

    Vaneer top table is not meant to go outside because the vaneer will eventually lift whatever you paint on it!. If you want it to stay outside for the season, then cover it with Oilcloth Tablecloth.


  • Rookie Repurposer Rookie Repurposer on Apr 01, 2021

    Thank you