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Old 02-15-2012, 08:14 AM   #1
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I have an old metal outdoor table - a small umbrella type with openings all over the top. (no umbrella) I thought it would be good to make into a potting table since the openings would allow it to be cleaned easily.
Any crafty suggestions for making it blend into the yard well and look nice as well as being functional? Or is this totally a bad idea?
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Sounds like a good potting table----I suggest you paint it brown or tan so it is not going to show the dirt

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Sounds like a good potting table----I suggest you paint it brown or tan so it is not going to show the dirt
Good idea, do you know what to do to a metal table to paint it?
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Shake can, remove top, and spray about 6" away from the table. Use several thin coats not one thick one.
Flip it over and spray the bottom first.
Use Rustolium paint.
There's going to be lots of over spray so be carefull where you spray it.
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Joe has the answer---I use an old restaurant prep table stainless steel and best of all FREE !!
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Shake can, remove top, and spray about 6" away from the table. Use several thin coats not one thick one.
Flip it over and spray the bottom first.
Use Rustolium paint.
There's going to be lots of over spray so be carefull where you spray it.
Oh good, you don't have to do anything to prep the table first? Or remove the white?
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Oh'Mike... Free is ALWAYS good
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For the painting---wash the table well---let it dry --really dry----then paint---If it has a shiny paint now--sand lightly to scuff the surface and use a primer first--If rusty--use a rusty metal primer.
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Remove any obvious rust before priming and painting or it will come back to haunt you. Then, no matter what since it is outside, I would use a rust inhibiting primer. Hit all sides with at least the primer.

If you think a round table will stick out too much? You could cut it in half and have two semi-circular shelf like surfaces along a wall or fence. Not sure if you could recycle the supports though.

I would position it somewhere where you can run a water line with a short length of hose and gentle watering wand up through where the umbrella went. So much more handy than dragging a hose around a potting table. Cost you some PVC unless you get real fancy and want it permanently plumbed.
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Remove any obvious rust before priming and painting or it will come back to haunt you. Then, no matter what since it is outside, I would use a rust inhibiting primer. Hit all sides with at least the primer.

If you think a round table will stick out too much? You could cut it in half and have two semi-circular shelf like surfaces along a wall or fence. Not sure if you could recycle the supports though.

I would position it somewhere where you can run a water line with a short length of hose and gentle watering wand up through where the umbrella went. So much more handy than dragging a hose around a potting table. Cost you some PVC unless you get real fancy and want it permanently plumbed.
cut it in half, cool idea... no idea how to do that, but I'm sure my husband would, lol

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