When your child wants a ping pong table… and you price them and think, Uh, not sure about that! what do you do?
First, get a big ol’ folding table that has been used and abused from your garage. Ours had been used to do crafts, spray paint on, host birthday party treats (covered by a cloth, of course!) and to hold wood to saw. Yeah, it was beat up. Yikes is right! I sanded and wood-filled a gazillion dips and dents and dings… and sanded again. And primed. and sanded… and primed again…
After letting the primer seal for a couple days, it was time to paint. The boy picked out the colors for his ping pong table. Who’s to say one must have a traditional green with white stripes ping pong table? Oh, no sir, not here! Notice the winter jacket? This was done over Spring Break and, I’ll tell you, here in the Great White North it was still mighty chilly and damp. That might be why it took a few days for the tackiness of the paint to seal up, given it was below 50˚. After the orange base was done (it took about three coats) and nice and dry, it was time to tape off the perimeter for the trim paint (forest green). We used BIG paper lawn bags our dear neighbors left us when they moved last summer (sooo miss them!) to completely cover the inside area. The perimeter took a few coats too. The boy (and very scary-looking dog next to him with eyes shining bright) liked the progress being made! Both were starting to see lots of ping pong fun in their future! After it was dry, I decided we needed a stripe down the center too, so I added one. After which, I sprayed the whole thing with a clear acrylic spray sealer.
The net was ordered from Amazon, but we got the paddles (50¢ each) and a few balls from Goodwill. True, the table is more narrow and a bit shorter than a regulation table but the boy and the neighborhood kids think it’s nifty… and it’s ORANGE!
Total cost? Well, I had to buy the net, some paint, and the accessories, so I’d say, probably around $20-25? Not bad.
But, moreover, it was a super fun project to do with my dear son.