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Striped Picnic Table


Set the table for a whole season of festive cookouts by giving it a new summer coat. The wooden slats of a classic picnic table provide a ready-made outline for stripes. Red and white are very versatile -- with blue napkins and flag "bouquets," the table's ready for patriotic gatherings; adorned with bright red, orange, or yellow tableware, it would have "casual barbecue" painted all over it.


  • Semigloss latex exterior paint
  • Primer
  • Blue painters' tape
  • Red and white paint


  1. Step 1

    Semigloss latex exterior paint and primer will give a picnic table a shiny new look. Prime table; allow to dry.

  2. Step 2

    Cover the edges of alternating slats with blue painters' tape.

  3. Step 3

    Apply two coats of red paint to the untaped slats, and allow to dry. Remove tape, then apply new tape to edges of painted slats; paint two coats of white on remaining slats, and let dry.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2004

Reviews (1)

  • harvard44 9 Jul, 2009

    What a stunningly simple but GREAT idea! A yellow and green picnic table would look festive too.