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Metal Nesting Table Makeover

Nesting tables are the perfect addition to any space—they provide table space when you need it, and floor space when you don’t. Read on on to see how easy it is to give old metal nesting tables a makeover in a snap.

I found a set of metal outdoor tables on consignment, but the finish was dull, and in need of a new protective coating. Read on on to see how easy it was to give these metal nesting tables a makeover in a snap.

Steps:

Step 1: Assess the surface condition

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Begin by assessing the existing finish on the item. Check for light rust spots, chipping paint, and dirt.

Step 2: Remove or mask the glass

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If there are parts of the item that won’t be painted, like our glass tabletops, remove or mask them with painter’s tape.

Step 3: Prep the surface

Making over a metal nesting table Jenn Largesse

Chip away any loose paint and feather the edges smooth with a sanding sponge.

Step 4: Clean the surface

Making over a metal nesting table Jenn Largesse

Using a lint-free cloth, wipe the entire surface clean with warm water. Allow the surface to dry completely.

Step 5: Prime any rust spots

Making over a metal nesting table Jenn Largesse

To prep the rusty spots for paint, apply a light coat of Rust-Oleum® Stops Rust® Rusty Metal Primer Spray.

Step 6: Choose spray paint colors

Making over a metal nesting table Jenn Largesse

Because these set has three nesting tables, we’re using three complementary colors from Rust-Oleum’s Stops Rust® line—Sage, Satin Navy, and Champagne Bronze.

Step 7: Apply a light coat first

Making over a metal nesting table Jenn Largesse

Before using each color, shake the can until you hear the mixing ball start to rattle, and then for about another minute. Holding the can 10-16 inches from the surface, spray in light sweeping motions, starting and stopping each pass beyond the edges of the table.

Step 8: Finish the application

Making over a metal nesting table Jenn Largesse

Wait a few minutes, and then apply a second coat in varying directions to cover any edges missed on the first pass. Repeat this process to coat the remaining tables, working in light coats and sweeping motions. Once complete, let the tables dry for 5-9 hours before replacing the glass and resuming normal use.


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