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a grazing table with snacks

Overview

Summer entertaining is easy with a dedicated grazing table - one you can load up with breads, cheeses, fruits, salads, meats, and desserts and leave for guests to help themselves and enjoy. Creating a grazing table is a simple D.I.Y. project, making use of an old door or tabletop. We’ll walk you through how to make one.

Steps

1Prep the table base

If you are upcycling an old door or tabletop, the first step is prepping the base for your grazing table. Give it a light sand with a power sander or sanding block and sandpaper. Wipe away the excess dust with a microfibre cloth before laying down a drop sheet and placing the table on top.

Apply a coat of 3-in-1 primer sealer and leave to dry. If you’re using a new door or tabletop, you won’t need to sand it back – simply apply the primer.

undercoat being filled

2Apply paint

Now that the primer is dry, it’s time to apply your chosen paint colour. Make sure to give the paint a good mix before pouring it into the tray.

Apply with long, even strokes and let the roller do the work.

table being painted

3Paint the table legs

As the legs for this grazing table are metal, it’s best to use spray paint. Place the legs on top of the drop sheet, and don your safety gloves, glasses and dust mask. Hold the spray paint can 15cm from the legs to ensure you get a nice even coat, and the paint doesn’t pool or drip. Apply one coat and leave to dry.

Apply a second coat and leave to dry.

paint spray is applied on saw horses

4Secure table to legs

Once the table and legs are dry, position the table over the legs and secure with screws through the top, using a drill. You may need another person to hold the table steady as you drill.

Your grazing table is now ready to be assembled.

drilling

5Ready to get started?

Check out our wide range of doors, which are perfect for adapting into grazing tables.
a grazing table with snacks

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.