Our kids picnic table was starting to show its age. It needed a makeover. And it needed to get painted to match the rest of our tropical outdoor spaces. However, I did not want to paint it with a brush… getting in between all those slats would take forever. Luckily the Super Finish Max sprayer was there to save the day!
But instead of just painting it a flat color, I decided to see how the sprayer could tackle an ombre sunset. I am happy to report it was amazing!
To prepare the picnic table for paint, we removed the warped table top and seat boards. We will be replacing them later. Then we cleaned off the years of dirt. Before adding a fresh coat of paint, the entire picnic table needed to be sanded. The sanding is done to rough up the surface of the old paint making the new paint stick better. Also sand any rough spots. Then make sure to clean away the sawdust before painting.
To create an ombre effect with the Super Finish Max sprayer, you will need 2 colors of paint that will blend well together. Since we are painting a sunset, the lighter color will be yellow and the darker a reddish orange. Tape off any areas you do not want painted with painters tape and brown masking paper. Then add a little bit of the lighter color to the bucket of the paint sprayer. You only want to add enough to be able to spray out and cover the area you want. If there is too much, it will be harder to tint it darker later. Spray the first part of the ombre (the center of the sunset).
Then remove the bucket from the paint sprayer and add a little bit of the darker color to tint it a shade darker. Stir it up in the bucket with a paint stick and adjust as needed. Reattach the bucket to the sprayer and then take a minute to spray out the remaining lighter color from the sprayer. I used the inside of the picnic table to do this so it still had a little ombre to it, but not as perfect as the outside. Spray the second layer of ombre letting the color splatter slightly over the first. Then repeat all these steps until all the ombre is completed.
If you want the last layer of your ombre to be true to the color you choose, you will want to clean out the sprayer and then add just that color to the bucket before spraying the final layer. I did not do this because my orange was slightly red so the last layer was perfect with a tint of yellow in it.
Let this dry then tape off the ombre area. Paint the bottom of the picnic table with the Super Finish Max sprayer for the ocean color.
To really make the table look like a tropical sunset, I hand painted the silhouette of some palm trees over the painted ombre. I made a template from paper and traced it onto the sides. Then filled it in with some black paint.
Also, we sealed the table with a clear coat to protect all the work and hopefully keep our sunset shining, even after lots of love from the kids. I share a fun tip for sealing a painted picnic table on the blog with the rest of the tutorial.
Then we attached new boards for the table top and seat and we are ready to enjoy summer! It’s like a tropical vacation every time we eat outside.
For more tips and tricks for creating an ombre with your paint sprayer, make sure to check out the complete tropical painted picnic table makeover here and you can follow-along at Houseful of Handmade for lots of other amazing DIYs for the home.
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