Dress Up Plain Nesting Tables with This Easy Paint Technique

Nesting tables add style while saving space. Give a set a pretty upgrade with this DIY splatter paint method.

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Make the most of a small space by decorating every little detail. Even the most mundane surfaces can benefit from a touch of style. The tops of these nesting tables, for example, receive an eye-catching makeover with the help of splattered acrylic paint. 

To get the look, you'll need to master the method. Before painting the actual project, we recommend testing the technique on a piece of cardboard. Continue testing until you're confident about your abilities, then move on to your furniture piece. 

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What You Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Nesting tables or flat furniture piece
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Painters tape
  • Tack cloth
  • Spray paint primer
  • Satin spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Wet rag
  • Clear spray top coat such as enamel or polyurethane

Step 1: Prep the Table

Lay down a drop cloth to protect your surroundings. Prevent overspray by using painters tape to cover the legs and edges of the tapletop. Then prep the surface of the table by sanding it lightly with fine sandpaper. Wipe away any dust with a clean rag. 

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Step 2: Paint and Prime

Apply an even coat of primer to the tables. Let dry. Then apply a coat of satin spray paint in your desired shade. Let dry overnight. To make the job go faster, you can opt to use a two-in-one paint-primer instead.

Editor's Tip: Always apply spray primers and paints in a well-ventilated area. Also consider wearing protective goggles and a mask. 

Step 3: Splatter Paint

Thin acrylic paint with water until it becomes the consistency of thick ink. Load a paintbrush with the thinned paint and splatter it on the surface of the table with a quick flick. If you don't love the look, immediately wipe off paint with a wet rag and repeat the process. 

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Step 4: Seal Table

Allow the splatter paint to dry thoroughly. Then seal the surface with a couple coats of clear spray top coat. Let top coat dry before using the table. 

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