All I needed was two cans of spray paint to make this little table set look new again. Oh the magic of paint!
My girls have this little table that I ordered from Amazon over a year and a half ago. The top of the table and the chairs are covered with vinyl which “supposedly” makes it easier to clean. At the time, I thought it was cute and would work well for them as a place to sit and do crafts, color, snack, etc. They were 3 and 18 months at the time and loved (still do) all things princessy. The princess art was a great fit to their growing princess collection; plus the table set is very functional on a daily basis. While it may be easy to wipe food off the table I am not sure about all the crayon marks that remain behind. On second thought, that is probably little paint marks from painting activities.
Anyway, overtime, this little table started to bug me. Nothing against the lovely princesses or anything but the table just looked too pink in the family room among all the other neutral decor. You can see a closer look in this image of the paint from the girls activities all over it. The white paint at the top left corner was actually done by me. It was a test a few months ago to see if paint would actually stick to this material. Looks like it did.
I thought of cleaning up the set and donating it but I could not bring myself to do so. I knew the kids love it and it really is a place for them to call their own. There were a few days when I even put it in storage (AKA the garage). But then I realized that the kids were trying to find a spot to do their work. Of course, there is the dinning table. But they prefer their little table. And I prefer not to junk up the dinning table with all kinds of stuff. So I searched and searched online for the perfect little table as a replacement but nothing stood out to me. I was hoping to replace it with a little round table that is beige or even white. Most of the tables I was seeing were either square shaped, too expensive, or too small to fit my 5 year old. About two weeks ago, I even ordered a 4-1/2 star round one from Amazon that had been coming up in my search over a few months now. Unfortunately, I had to return it because it is not much larger than the size of an end table. I am not the best judge when it comes to measuring round tables online.
I remembered checking Craigslist a few months ago and saw a beautiful round one that looked almost new for $50. I hesitated on the $50 and by the time I checked back it was already sold.
So I finally decided that paint would be my best friend for this little set. I had bought a can of spray paint from Home Depot around Christmas that adheres to plastic. But I had no more of it so I decided to head back to Home Depot. I loved this heirloom white because it is not too white. It is more of a cream-ish color. At the store I could not figure out if it was cream or white. My three year old said in dismay, “Uhhhhh WHITE?” In a tone like why am I even asking that ‘silly’ question. I have to admit that she was right because had I read the can first I would have seen the color clearly written on it.
I sprayed down the table beginning with the top of it first, of course. Starting at the top prevents paint from dripping down at what is already painted at the bottom (as if you did not already know that). The table took about 3 coats and then it was done. This next image shows how it looks after the first coat. Once I saw the instant transformation, I could not wait for it to dry, to apply the other coats and to finish the set.
Although the table was done, I still needed to do the chairs but one can of paint was not cutting it. So I purchased another can for the chairs. I thought they would take less paint than the table since they are so small. To my amazement, they took more paint than I expected – almost the entire can for both.
I love how it turned out. My girls were happy with it because I think by now, they have come to appreciate the table for its practically rather than for the princesses on it. They even told me without a fuss to go ahead and paint it. Sorry I could not get all the photos taken in one lighting. The one day it was somewhat sunny and the next it was snowing. Such is the weather here. And I just could not keep the kids waiting and waiting for their little table any longer.
I know a few questions may have popped up in your mind so let me try to clarify a few of them for you. No, I am not a mind reader but these are a few concerns I had, too.
Paint Type: As I already mentioned, the table and chairs are covered with vinyl so I chose a paint that bonds to plastic. Make sure to read the labeling on the paint or ask questions to ensure that the paint is the correct fit for the kind of material.
Does it come off? No, it does not. At one point, one of the kids was about to clean it with a wet rag and her sister was concerned that the paint would rub off. I recently tested the set with a wet rag and the paint is already set.
- Side Note: I allowed the painted table to dry without any use over a few days (almost a week) while I waited to do the chairs since I had to make another trip to the store. The chairs were used the following day. I started to paint them like mid day and by the time they dried between coats and me doing home stuff, it was the following day before I allowed the kids to use it.
Color Choice: The color blends nicely with color scheme of our family room where the table is most used. It is mainly brown, beige, and white. Not that I totally disliked the pink table because after all, I bought it. But the white looks so much better in the room.
What about marks? Already there are marks on the table from crayons and markers. But that is to be expected with most white surfaces, especially around kids. So far the marks are at minimum.
Do I still desire a different table set? Who knows? But so far, I love the new look and the kids are back to using their table again. But now I need to figure out another chair or something for our little 14 month old who likes hanging around the table.
Hopefully, I have cleared up a few questions you may have about this quick little vinyl table makeover.
Have you painted anything vinyl before? How did it turn out? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.