How To Paint A Table (sort of)

Happy How To’s Day!

Remember when we re-did Kev’s Mom and Dad’s back porch?

Well, we filled that little yellow vase on top of the chicken coop with old scrabble tiles (from etsy) for a reason.

…and we finally finished up that project yesterday!

The idea was to create a little game table for our niece and nephew (who spend a lot of time out in the porch), so they’d have something fun/educational to play with.

We started with this pretty metal tray table we picked up at a local flea market for $8…

We made a trip to our local True Value store to pick up some supplies. A sample of “Halycon Green” (by SW), and a “Spray Gun”…

Kev’s been wanting to try one out for a while now. Basically, it’s a little aerosol can that comes with a little glass jar.

You can fill the glass jar with whatever color paint you want, so you can create your own custom color spray paint.

We could hardly wait to try it out, and I think we shot more “We’re in the backyard, we’re hyper, and this is the coolest invention EVER” photos, than actual how-to photos for this post.

(Note: no latex paint was injested during the making of this post)

Unfortunately, we were so excited to get rollin’, we didn’t read the part about thinning your paint before we took turns spraying with it…

…so it didn’t come out very well, and ended up clogging completely after about 15 minutes. Boo. Back to the brush I went…

After I finished painting the legs, I sprayed the top of the table with a couple coats of spray primer, and a couple of coats of Heirloom White-colored spray paint.

Then we applied a “What’s the Word?” graphic from Leen the Graphics Queen

(I spy someone trying to hide his dirty fingernails! Hee hee!)

And here’s what we ended up with after all that goofin’ around…

I think it’ll be fun for the kids to create words together out in the porch.

You know…in between their iPhone calls to each other.

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  1. says

    Shucks that the aerosol spray didn’t work out!! But why not a paint sprayer? Is the aerosol spray cheaper? I have gotta keep an eye out for that the next time I’m in a home improvement store!

    • Layla says

      Yeah, those little spray cans are under ten bucks, but we used our True Value gift card to get ours, so it was free. Too bad we didn’t read the part about how to use it correctly! Live and learn! LOL! 😀

  2. says

    Too bad you couldn’t have been at our rummage sale this summer. I had a set of 4 of these TV trays for sale. They didn’t sell so I donated them to our church rummage sale that’s going to be held in a couple weeks. Now that I’ve seen your cute tutorial, I might have to get them back :-) Very cute project here! And I’ve just gotta get one of those spray guns!

  3. Lisa says

    I tried that paint sprayer and I did thin down my paint and it still
    didn’t work. Love the concept though.

  4. says

    Thank you for hosting! Too bad about the new spray thingy—-but I agree—reading directions is way overrated. What a great bunch of links today!

    Have a good one!

  5. says

    Ahh… I grew up with those same TV trays. They look awesome in ‘today colors ‘ I might add. :)

    Thanks for hosting… linked up how I built a pallet sofa at #196!


  6. says

    All of these awesome projects could keep me hoppin’ until 2021!
    But first, I linked up my final lemonade stand of the summer!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at

  7. says

    Hi Kevin & Layla! I just love love love the porch makeover you guys did! I really enjoyed reading about it from start to finish! You guys are so talented! I love your blog! Thanks for hosting this great party!

  8. says

    Okay, Layla! I have been meaning to link up with you since I started blogging (a whopping 2 1/2 months ago : )), but somehow I’ve always managed to lose track of the last Tuesday of the month. So, this month, I finally linked up…and how! I kind of went a bit overboard, I’m afraid. #’s 206-213…yeah, those are mine. (I’ve been saving up! : )) Hope I didn’t overwhelm you with my tutorial zeal!

    Thanks for hosting!


  9. says

    Aw, that’s so cute! The hubs and I love to play Scrabble– this would be a perfect project for us. Maybe we could even use our nerdy engineer skillz (yes, skillz) and recreate a game board on the tray!

    I’m going to have to give that sprayer a try! What did they recommend you thin the paint with?

  10. says

    While living on the central coast of California, I used a paint sprayer with a compressor {very “LOUD”} but got r don! It was convenient cause I painted a lot with a creamy white. Was a pain to clean. Now I paint with many colors and thought about trying one of those aerosol cans. Will try to remember to water down the paint first.

  11. says

    Thanks so much for hosting this guys! I normally dont link up, this was my first time, but I was so excited about my pillow I had to share :)
    Hope ya all have a great weekend!