There are two main designs of this picnic table. The first is smaller, has 8 screws, and the legs are flush with the top and seats. The second is slightly bigger, has no hardware, and the top and seats sit on top of the legs. Currently the only picnic table being sold new is one with the seats and top sitting on top of the legs and now it has a big umbrella hole and well to hold drinks in the middle- not the best to cover without first cutting some plywood or something to cover the holes up. I thought the first one would be way easier and neater to upholster so I set off looking for that one.
I stalked my local Craigslist for a while and a couple picnic tables came up but all of them had the umbrella hole. I looked on Ebay but they were pretty pricey there, plus shipping. I finally decided on Sunday, while both Ben and Molly were sleeping, to place an ad in the wanted section with a picture of the one I wanted and an asking price of $15. The next day after I returned from work and grocery shopping, I checked my email and I already had a reply. I jumped all over that and within two hours the table of my dreams was mine!
Awwww yeahhhhh! I was over-the-moon excited!
I seriously felt like Ralphie from A Christmas Story every time someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday/etc. "I want a Little Tikes picnic table!"
We met up to exchange the goods in a Target parking lot and I took Ben and Molly with me. Since we were there, Ben decided to go look for a white sheet to get started on our living room rearrangement. We couldn't find one cheaper than $40 so I suggested we visit my favorite fabric store to see if it would be cheaper to get some fabric and sew it to size. It wasn't cheaper, but while there, I pretty much immediately found the perfect fabric to wrap my table with. It was everything I wanted: green, chevrons, and colors that would go well with the legs since I didn't want to spray paint them. Ben actually saw one he liked more that was green with zoo animals on it but I didn't want a fabric with characters on it so I turned it down. It was about $8 a yard but on 40% off and I got two yards as per the instructions. It was plenty and I have lots left over for other projects. Cost me about $11.50.
Since the people working table make small talk when cutting your fabric they always ask what you're making. I told them and even though I wasn't going to buy the vinyl that day (I planned to make this next week) she showed me where it was so I could measure and price check. It comes in lots of thicknesses but I just went with the thinnest and cheapest one, which was 40% off from like $1.99, so when I came back the next day I got it for pocket change of $1.90. Yeeeeaaahhhh!
Yesterday I asked my parents if they would come over to hang out and help me move a bookshelf into my old bedroom so I could finally organize AND to get some help cleaning the legs to my table. Since it was an outdoor toy it was pretty dirty and I was able to wash the top and benches in my kitchen sink but the legs were big enough that I would have had to use the bathtub and because of my back injury (yup, still hurts) I would have had a hard time bending over to scrub them. Well, turns out that blowing out the sprinklers doesn't shut off the hose so I was able to take them into the yard and hose them down. Yay! My dad and I drilled some holes in the bottom of the legs so the water could drain and we decided to make the whole table that day while mom and Kyan attended to Molly.
Taking the table apart was easy. This one has 8 screws that are covered with a bright yellow cover. Each cover had a hinge so I just pried them open with a screwdriver and undid the screws. I decided not to keep the covers so I used some black washers my dad had in the toolbox to make sure I didn't mess anything up with their length. After washing the parts you wrap the top and benches with the fabric and just use a staple gun to fasten it in place. We use 5/16'' staples because it's what we had and, until it randomly broke, my dad used his fancy air stapler on the table top. There are plenty of guides linked in the original blog post I found but it was very simple. Once we got them covered in fabric we went over them again with the vinyl and before long all the pieces were done, the table was reassembled, and the result was fantastic!
The angle everyone photographs it from... lol
Molly "trying it out" and fussing because HELLO G-ma, I am only 3.5 months old! I wanna be held and walked around!
(yes, my dad is laying on the floor fixing my clock... wut's it to ya?)
It looks so good and I'm so happy I didn't have to spray paint the legs!!
So... a quick recap:
Table: $15; craigslist
Fabric: ~$11.50; 2 yards; loads left over
Vinyl: $1.90; 1.5 yards; loads left over
Staple gun w/ 5/16'' staples
Total cost: $27.40... Not bad at all! One of these new was prolly like $60. The one they sell now is about 85 bucks so I got a cool personalized table for way less than original!