I have been wanting to make over a Little Tikes item for quite some time! Most of the items aren’t my favorite colors and I love a challenge! I set a Craiglist alert for Little Tikes play houses and never really came across any that I wanted to invest in. Either they were still too expensive (in my opinion) or just too worn out.
Lo and behold my old neighbors (they have moved now) set outside an old Little Tikes picnic table in pretty bad shape. I was heading off to work and saw it sitting at the end of their driveway with a free sign attached so I snatched it up quickly and took it home. I was bound and determined to get this thing looking brand new! Operation Little Tikes Picnic Table Makeover was now in order!
The hardest part of the entire project was removing the debris from the picnic table. I’m pretty sure it was paint and had previously been painted at some point. I have no idea what kind paint was used but it was no fun to remove. Parts of it chipped off easily but other parts would not come off! I looked everything up online on how to remove paint from plastic and nothing seemed to work. I even tried to use nail polish remover and let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it off with a wool pad. That didn’t work either! 🙁
My last ditch effort was to just try and sand it down. I was afraid to do this because it could scratch up the plastic. My first try was with medium corse sand paper and it definitely left marks. I then found the finest sand paper I owned and it actually worked perfectly!! I was ecstatic!! It didn’t remove it all but it got rid of the majority of the excess paint!
The next step was to start spray painting. I used Valspar Premium Finish in Exotic Sea and Everglade Glen, both paints are paint and primer in one and for metal, wood and plastic. My plan was to paint the yellow and pink area with Exotic Sea and the blue areas with the Evergald Glen. I taped off the different areas and started painting. It worked pretty well but it did leak through a little here and there. There are curves between the sections of the table which don’t allow for perfect tape lines. Once it was almost finished I used a piece of card stock paper and held it between the cracks of the table so that I could get a nice clean line between the sections. It worked great!
Once it was all dry I brought the table inside and used a stencil I purchased at Michaels to add polka dots to the top of the table. As I’ve said before when stenciling add the paint to your foam brush or roller and remove most of it by dabbing it on a paper towel. This will ensure that it does not leak through the stencil and creates clean lines. For the polka dots I used a white interior paint I already owned.
I let the polka dots dry over night and I gave the entire table, top and bottom, 2 thin layers of Primer for Plastic by Valspar. I realize the paint was intended to be a primer, but since the spray paint I used was made for plastic, I figured this would be a good top coat to protect the table. It says that the primer increases durability. It is a clear spray paint so it went on nicely and I made sure to thoroughly cover the table for best protection.
I’ve never worked with plastic before so it was a fun learning experience and I’m anxious for Lucy to have many fun memories on this picnic table! I see lots BBQs and outdoor fun in our future! As you can see from the above pictures Lucy is already enjoying it! (It sure was hard to get her to sit still long enough to take a pic! haha)
Have you ever refinished plastic furniture? How did it hold up and were you happy with how it turned out?
Can you believe Summer is half way over?! It makes me sad to think about it so I try not to! I hope everyone is enjoying it so far and having lots of outdoor fun with your friends and family!