New Paint Saves An Old Porch Table

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We’ve had this old porch table for so many years, neither of us can really remember when we bought it. We do remember that we purchased it at a local Arts & Crafts Festival though.

It’s made of wood and has been on our front porch next to the old oak swing for many years. The weather had faded it’s original glory. We both loved the folksy personality of the table and wanted to keep it. 

Flag Porch Table Makeover is complete and it turned out beautiful.intelligentdomestications.com

You’ve heard it before, a coat of paint can do wonders, right! Well, it took significantly more than one coat but I think you’ll agree the new look is beautiful!





Americana Flag top porch table by the porch swing.intelligentdomestications.com

Our folksy porch table made a previous appearance on the blog when we did a mini makeover on our front porch a few summer’s ago. It was the perfect spot for a coffee cup on Saturday mornings or sweet tea on cool evenings. 

Flag Porch Table before makeover

As you can see in the before picture, it was in desperate need of some TLC. The top is actually all one piece and yet three pieces because it is a drop side table. 

Flag porch table completely disassembled for painting

The very first thing which happened was a good cleaning. Then Stacy took the table completely apart which made painting easier. He also opted to paint the table in my dining room! 

There was never any discussion of painting the table a solid color without replacing the flag. That would have been an option but we love the American Flag table. It’s a fun piece of furniture on our front porch.

After the First coat of white paint, he knew what this task was going to be like

After the very first coat of paint, it was clearly evident that there would be many more coats. The wood soaked up paint like a wet sponge.

Rust-Oleum Paint colors used for the flag table makeover

Even though we loved the Americana look of the faded colors when the table was new, we elected to go with bright bold tones for the makeover. We used all Gloss in White, Royal Blue and Apple Red. The paint was less than $4 per can so this makeover is really quite the bargain.

Top of the table before the blue field and stars are painted

Stacy used painters tape to accomplish the top strips and for the field of blue. He completely painted over the original stars and used a stencil to replace them.

Time to reassemble the table

If you recall from previous photos, there is a star engraved onto the bottom outward facing part of the legs. We chose to leave those white. 

Touching up the blue field around the white starts was tedious work

After stenciling the stars onto the blue field, Stacy went back to do a little tedious touch up around each one. That’s the only bad thing about using stencils, isn’t it. Stacy loves all the detailing though and he amazes me with his ability to not make a mess. I have paint everywhere when I do a project!

American Flag Table After Makeover with sides dropped down.intelligentdomestications.com

We are very happy with how new paint saved our old porch table! We have a ‘new’ porch table for under $15!

Hopefully we will reveal our porch makeover next spring. It’s too hot here in the deep south for outdoor projects during the summer so we have a porch makeover planned for this fall. 

Patriotic Porch Table Makeover. New paint saves an old table.intelligentdomestications.com

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21 Comments

  1. Wonderful painted table! I love how the top folds. My father refinishes furniture and buys a ton of antiques, and he’s had several tables like that. After seeing yours, now I want one! I’m going to have to raid his workshop! 🙂

  2. I love the flag table. You guys did a great job. I am like you, paint is absolutely everywhere. I couldn’t imagine painting something on my table unless the whole room is covered. Your husband really did a wonderful job painting in the details.

  3. Now theses are the kinds of projects I like doing, you did a great job in redoing it to make it bright again. I’m not sure if I would let family place anything on it, hehe. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks Alli, it was really Stacy who did a fantastic job. We did consult on the colors 🙂 I’m a giant mess when I’m done painting. I don’t know who he can stay so clean!

  5. That looks like quite a big painting job and you have done a wonderful job. It might be just my screen but the writing on the left side is too close to the margin. It is hard to read and the social buttons cover the text. Like I say it may be just my screen, but I thought I should mention it.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

    1. Hi Kathleen, thank you for your kind words. My screen doesn’t have the writing too close to the margin or the social buttons over the text, not sure what happened but I appreciate you sharing that with me. I will check on that on a different computer but on this one it looks fine. Thank you for letting me know.

  6. I’m glad I’m not the only one who makes the biggest mess painting. I get it everywhere. I need some pointers from your husband! The table is absolutely gorgeous and I’m wishing I had one. I love the bold, glossy color. You and Stacy did a fantastic job.

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