How To… Geometric Painted Table

Looking for a garden project this weekend? Here is an easy to follow guide to updating your garden table. How to… Geometric Painted Table


  • Paint Brushes and small rollers
  • Frog tape
  • Cuprinol paint
  • Undercoat
  • Scissors/Blade
  • Pencil HB or lighter
  • Dust Sheet
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape measure/Ruler
How To... Geometric Painted Table
Geometric Painted Table


Step 1: Choose your table

Select a piece of furniture you feel could use some TLC, this is the starting point for your geometric painted table.. Think outside the box here, it could be an old piece of furniture you found in a skip, an interior piece that no longer has a home or a garden piece that you would like to update. Any piece of furniture can be transformed, it is all in the preparation!

Step 2: Prep your Table

Ensure you table is free for dust, dirt. Remove any loose or flaked pieces of wood or varnish.  Sand down the piece of furniture to remove any varnish, wax or oil ha is on the surface. The step is really important, I cannot stress this enough! Sanding gives a good key for the paint to stick to. Pay particular attention to the feet as these may be damp and need to dry out before painting.

Step 3: Undercoat

Undercoat your table. This will make painting easier and will ensure a lasting finish for the table. We recommend Dulux Wood Primer Undercoat. Make sure to undercoat all parts of the table, sides, underneath and any parts you can’t see as doing this, while it may take a little longer, will give a lasting finish that is protected from the weather outside.

Step 3: Select your colours

Select the colours you would like to use from the Cuprinol Colour Range of exterior wood paints. You can use as many colours as you like to create your desired pattern. Start by painting two coats of your base colour allowing to dry between coats.

Step 4: Draw and tape your grid

Using a pencil and ruler mark out the geometric pattern on the top of the table. Tape off your first colour outside of the outline. Use a good quality tape to not to pull the base coat off the wall. We recommend the yellow frog tape, lower tack for freshly painted pieces.

How To... Geometric Painted Table
Tape out your geometric design

Step 5: Paint your design

Press the tape down thoroughly to avoid the paint seeping under the tape. Paint your first coat and allow to dry. Apply 2-3 coats of paint until you achieve the desired effect, keep in mind some colours may require more coats then others depending on the depth of colour and what colour the base coat is.

Step 6: Remove the tape

Remove the tape while the paint is still wet to avoid the paint being pulled off.

Step 7: Tape off a second colour and paint

If you are using more than 2 colours repeat steps 5 & 6 until your design is complete.

How To... Geometric Painted Table
The finished piece – Geometric painted table

Step 8: Enjoy the result of your hard work

Handy Tips

While you may be working outside it is still a good idea to protect the area you are working on with a dust sheet, splashes and spills can be difficult to remove from deckings and garden paving. Geometric patterns work on a range of furniture pieces so get creative with chairs, tables, sideboards, whatever you can get your hands on!

How To... Geometric Painted Table
Get Creative – Geometric painted chairs