Vintage Coastal Metal Nesting Tables

When Mr. Frugalista brought home this set of mid-century metal mesh patio tables that had seen their better days, my thoughts immediately went to colorful coastal furniture from the '50s. I knew with just a little elbow grease and spray paint, these vintage metal nesting tables would look amazing in bright retro colors.

It's Themed Furniture Makeover Day, one of my favorite days of the month, and the theme this time is Coastal. Being a landlocked Canadian prairie girl with dreams of one day living on the coast, I was more than excited about our theme this month.

Vintage Coastal Metal Nesting Tables

Vintage Coastal Metal Nesting Tables

This is what the not so pretty metal tables looked like before...

They definitely saw their better days but after a few coats of spray paint, they are ready for that beach house or lakefront cottage that I've been dreaming about.

Colorful Metal Nesting Tables

Don't these pretty colors just make you happy?

Stacked Coastal Metal Nesting Tables

Even when the tables are nested together, the colors still pop. The tables could be used indoors but I can see them sitting on a poolside patio.

Retro Metal Nesting Tables

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Here's how I did it

All three tables were spray painted three coats of White Gloss, Coral Gloss, and Aqua Satin.

Spray Painted Vintage Metal Nesting Tables

The feet and the circles on the legs were just begging for some retro glam. Considering the tables were just painted hours prior, I used Delicate Surface Frog Tape to mask around the circles and the legs to protect the fresh paint.

Then I applied Gold Gilding Wax by rubbing it on with my finger and let it dry for about 30 minutes before buffing it with a lint-free rag. The following day after everything was dry, I sprayed the tables with two coats of clear coat to protect the finish.

Retro Coastal Metal Nesting Tables

I'm swooning over the retro coastal vibe these tables now have and I'm thrilled with how the metal mesh tops look in these bright colors.

Whether or not you have a coastal home, lake cottage, or backyard pool, these tables would make such a fun statement for a landlocked deck, patio, or balcony during the Summer too.

Vintage Coastal Metal Mesh Nesting Tables

I'm not going to lie, that tall glass of lemonade didn't last long after taking this picture. So refreshing on one of the warmest days we've seen this June.

I used the same white and aqua spray paint when I repurposed a hurricane candle holder into a DIY Bistro Table. What can I say, I love the color so much that I also refreshed a Wrought Iron Plant Stand too and a Mid Century Coppercraft Mirror.

If you have any questions about this makeover, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

Vintage Metal Nesting Tables Before And After
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  1. What cool tables. And, I love the colors you chose!

  2. Thanks Virginia, those tables were just begging for color!

  3. These were a great find and a great looking makeover. Love the colors you picked.

    1. Thank you Donna! I did the happy dance when my husband came home with these tables.

  4. Marie, these nesting tables just make me giddy! I always learn something about painting/refinishing furniture when I pop over here. Pinning! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

    1. So glad the happy colors of these nesting tables with you giddy, Crissy, because they sure make me giddy. All those old tables needed was some personality!

  5. Stunning transformation from sad to fabulous. I love the colors you used.
    Have a great week,

    1. Thank you so much Kippi! The colors just make me happy! Hope your week has been a good one 😊


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