I spotted this rusty table in a pile of A/C units meant for the recycling guy. And I knew I just had to save it!
This little picnic table is so sweet. Who wouldn’t want to save it? Especially when rusty metal table repair is so much easier than you’d think. This table had been rusting away at my Grandma’s house for years. My dad thought it was beyond rescue. So, he added it to his scrap heap. But, I spotted it on a recent visit and realized could save it pretty easily.
I had just a few days and limited tools, but it was still a quick and easy job. So, don’t worry, you can do it too. Everything you’ll need can be found online or at your local hardware store. And the hardest part is scrubbing all of that rust away. But a little scrubbing isn’t too bad, right. Totally worth it when you see your new and improved table. So, let’s get to it!
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Cost for this Rusty Metal Table Repair
This little table was rescued for about $30. I’d imagine a full-sized table can be rescued for about $50 or $60. So much better than buying a new one!
Time for this Rusty Metal Table Repair
This update can be easily done in a weekend, including dry time for paint and poly.
Materials for this Rusty Metal Table Repair
- Stiff Bristle Scrub Brush
- Dish soap mixed with warm water
- Bondo, if the holes in the metal are big enough
- Rust-Oleum Universal Paint & Primer In One, I used this one
- New nuts and bolts or screws to replace all rusty ones
- Wood, cut to size of old wood
- Drill, sander with 120-grit sandpaper, and possibly a saw
- Minwax’s Helmsman Spar Urethane, Clear Satin
Directions for Rusty Metal Table Repair
- Remove and discard the old wood. If the old screws or bolts are rusted too much, you may need to cut them off with an appropriate saw and blade.
- Grab that stiff brush and bucket of soapy water and scrub every inch of that metal. Remove as much rust as possible. Especially the loose and flaky bits. Rinse clean.
- If you have holes in the metal to repair, use something like Bondo. It dries very hard and is used by mechanics in auto repair. I didn’t need it this time.
- Once dry, completely spray the frame with the Rust-oleum, or similar spray. I used 4 or 5 cans total. Be sure to follow instructions and drying guidelines for the spray.
- Cut your wood to match the length of the old boards. You can always ask your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to cut it for you, if they offer that service. I normally would have used Pressure Treated Lumber. But my dad grabbed normal interior Common Board for this table.
- Sand the boards on all sides with 120-grit sandpaper.
- Drill holes for the new bolts. Use the frame or old boards as a guide for placement. Make sure to remember where each board goes. The holes may not line up to each spot.
- Since I was using Common or Whiteboard outside, I was sure to apply 4 good coats of a strong exterior urethane. I’ve used this urethane on lots of outdoor projects, like my DIY Backyard Bench. And it holds up really well in this killer Texas sun.
- Attach the boards with the new hardware and you’re good to go.
That’s it! Time to enjoy that like-new table!
Check out the incredible makeover on this Office Chair I rescued from the curb.
And this DIY L-Shaped Backyard Bench can give your backyard style that’s also super easy to clean.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and repair your own . Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!