BLACK & WHITE SUMMER SAFARI TABLE

July 28, 2016

Entertaining

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Black and white table setting with safari animals via @thouswellblog

We’ve been using our outdoor dining table frequently for dinners on the patio, but our stained and sealed hollow-core door tabletop was starting to show wear. Now that we added black metal side tables to the patio, I thought the tabletop would look nice with a coat of solid black paint as well. Since the tabletop is used outdoors and we take it on and off the patio often, I needed a spray paint that would stick well and stay durable so that the finish wouldn’t come off as we used the tabletop. I turned to the durability of Krylon SUPERMAXX All-in-One spray paint with Superbond® Technology (available at any Sherwin-Williams store) for its best-in-class adhesion, rust protection, and indoor/outdoor use. Since the spray paint is both a paint and primer, I was able to skip sanding and get straight to painting. You can see how it compares to other leading spray paints on their website (they show much paint a strong piece of tape pulls up after 7 days of curing).

Krylon Super Maxx All-in-One spray paint via @thouswellblogKrylon Super Maxx All-in-One spray paint via @thouswellblog
Black and white table setting with Krylon spray paint via @thouswellblog

After spray-painting the tabletop black, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to create a fun black and white summer tabletop. I used black and white Krylon spray paint to create a safari theme with animal figurines down the table for a fun parade that filled in the center of the table. For each table setting, black and white napkins from Kate Spade Saturday (R.I.P.), and a touch of green under the glass salad plates provide some color and pattern. I decided to keep the flower arrangements simple, so I chose a mix of green dianthus and white lilies.

Black and white table setting with Krylon spray paint via @thouswellblog
Black and white table setting with safari animals via @thouswellblog

Spray paint can be just the trick to unifying a table once you’ve established a straightforward color palette, because you can bring a variety of objects into the same setting with one color. The animal figures looked and felt like children’s toys before, but with a coat of white paint they became chic centerpieces for the table. The only animal I left unpainted was the zebra, because its black and white stripes fit perfectly with the table’s aesthetic! Another themed touch was the bamboo flatware – a simple detail that felt both contemporary and appropriate for the tropical place settings.

Black and white table setting with Krylon spray paint via @thouswellblog
Black and white table setting with safari animals via @thouswellblog

Choosing a simple color palette makes table setting a breeze – especially when you find fun objects to add to the tablescape with a coat of spray paint. Bringing something unexpected to the tabletop always makes a dinner party fun! I’m excited to create more high-contrast settings on our new black tabletop.

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