Project tutorial

Metal Nesting Tables Makeover

$20 and up
Project cost
2 hours
Estimated time

Nesting tables are the perfect addition to any space—they provide table space when you need it, and floor space when you don’t. I found a set of metal outdoor tables on consignment, but the finish was dull, and in need of a new protective coating.

To give them a pop of color and a coating that is both durable and helps prevent rust, I teamed up with our friends at Rust-Oleum® to pick the perfect palette of colors from their Stops Rust® Satin and Metallic spray paint lines. Read on on to see how easy it was to give these metal nesting tables a makeover in a snap.

This project is sponsored by Rust-Oleum. All opinions are our own.

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Step 1

Assess the Surface Condition

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

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

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

Step 4

Clean the Surface

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

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

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 First Coat

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

Fiish the Application

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.

Jenn Largesse
Jenn Largesse is the editor and creator of House One. As the daughter of a carpenter and an english teacher, she has been honing her love for woodworking and writing her entire life. After nearly a decade as a writer and producer for This Old House, she bought her first home in rural New England and launched her blog, Build Basic.

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