{DIY} Otomi Patio Table

Hey, hey, hey friends! How was your weekend? Ours was crazy busy, and unexpectedly cold, but that didn’t keep me from finishing my last project for the Home Depot Patio Challenge. And I am positively giddy to share it with you today! Most projects start out grand in my head, but never seem to translate into what I envisioned. It’s rare for one to live up to my expectations, much less exceed them. So I was thrilled when this little table turned out even cuter than I’d hoped…I dare say it’s my favorite project to date!

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This outdoor table was in sad shape, so I gave it a fresh coat of Rustoleum ‘Real Orange‘ (to go with the DIY Dry-Erase Serving Tray). It was a quickie makeover, and I didn’t plan on posting anything about it. After all, how many times have we seen the power of spraypaint? (But really, does it ever get old?!) I threw this image up on InstaGram (@cassiesugarplum), and many of you commented that you couldn’t wait to see what I was going to do with it…so that got me thinking (which doesn’t usually end well).


I was brainstorming all the usual patterns and shapes, then my aunt suggested otomi! It was an ah-ha! moment…clearly I’m a fan of Mexican decor and bright colors. And who didn’t fall instantly in love with Grace’s Otomi Headboard?

I’ll spare you all my trial and errors, and just tell you the simplest way to pull this off. (Because we’re all about fast and easy around here. And isn’t that what bloggers do…work out the project kinks for the rest of us?) After drooling over Lena Corwin’s Otomi Stenciled Dresser, I downloaded the otomi pattern she graciously shared here, and printed out her template. I played with the size a bit so the scale would be right for my table. Then I traced all my favorite shapes on clear contact paper, but any that you can see thru would work.

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After cutting them all out, arrange them like a puzzle on your surface…the busier the better.

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Then carefully peel the backing off the shapes, and apply them to your surface. Lightly smooth around the edges so paint doesn’t get through, but not so hard that you can’t peel them off after.

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Then give the surface several light layers of a contrasting color paint. My aunt was too anxious to wait for reveal pictures, so she came over to see for herself. Of course I put her to work helping me peel the shapes off once they were dry, using a razor blade to get each one started.

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We literally gasped and high-fived at the finished table…I adore the lively colors and vibrant pattern, not to mention the uniqueness.

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The table has been painted so many times that some of the orange peeled off with the contact paper. But I actually think it adds more character and patina to it.

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I can hardly wait to show you the entire patio, but I think you can probably guess the colors we used. Oh, and total time spent on this project was only about two hours! I’ve already started looking around for more things to otomi. Oh geez, I’m using it as a verb now. What do you think of my crazy little table? Are you as smitten as I am?! Do you love otomi, too?

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  1. love it! i came close to getting that stencil for our hallway, but i changed my mind- LOVE it on this table- it's so perfect for outdoor fun! our outdoor fun stuff is currently being covered by snow.

    Posted 3.25.13 Reply
  2. That turned out so cute! What a fun makeover.

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  3. These colors are so cheerful! Fun project! We're covered in snow over here so I'm super jealous you can even stand to be outside.

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  4. Chris wrote:

    Seriously? Who thinks of this stuff?! And that rug? I'm drooling. Can't wait to see the rest of the space!

    Posted 3.25.13 Reply
  5. Niki wrote:

    Love it! What a fun and interesting transformation. And I love that some of the orange peeled up with the contact paper. Makes it that much more unique!

    Posted 3.25.13 Reply
  6. It turned out great. Such a fun detail! xo Kristin

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  7. April Hoff wrote:

    I'm so in love with this little table….My grandma gave me a little outdoor table similar to this one. I think I have some spray painting to do!!! LOVE it! 🙂

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  8. Love it when expectations are exceeded! Super cute project. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  9. This is adorable! I will take two please.

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  10. WOW! That is all. WOW!

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  11. Well, your aunt is a genius!!! It looks gorge! Such a great idea.

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    • Agreed!! I always consult her on projects…she has the best ideas!

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  12. This turned out so beautifully! I hadn't come across otomi before, but now I'm looking for something to use it on… 😉 I'm so excited to see your patio reveal! Have a great week, Cassie!

    ~Abby =)

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  13. I love it. The orange, yellow, white combo is JUST right. The perfect perch for a nice cold beverage.

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  14. So cute! You're so creative!!

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  15. Carol Cook wrote:

    I saw the little bits of yellow and wondered how you got those – thought you planned them.

    Love the style of the table and the design and how you got it onto the table. I have been using alphabet stickers on projects – paint right over them and simply peel them off.

    Thanks for one more idea on my "to do" list.

    Posted 3.25.13 Reply
  16. Kyra wrote:

    Cassie, I'm overwhelmed!
    I absolutely LOVE the table.
    Great great great idea!

    Posted 3.25.13 Reply
  17. Your Otomi table is absolutely Atomic. Love it! Cannot wait to see the final reveal. Stay warm!

    Posted 3.25.13 Reply
  18. lindley wrote:

    Still can't get over how cute this turned out, but how about some real truthfulness in this post….we did not peel off the stickers with razor blades because between the two of us we could NOT open the box of blades. That's a pocketknife in the photo. 9 years combined college….well, it was still tons of fun and the table is just too cute…high five indeed!! Love, the aunt

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    • Opening the razor blades was one of those 'trial and errors' 😉 They don't need to know just how 'blonde' we are. Yes, WE!

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  19. Love love love!! Such a cute way to use that popular pattern!! Can't wait to see the full space 🙂

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  20. You never cease to amaze me! This is just so fabulous I can't stand it! I'm also obsessed with your choice of rug. Like I wish it was in my entryway. Must hunt your blog for the source. 🙂 LOVE your style!

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  21. I'm loving this! I love the inspiration dresser also. Such a fun design- I'm trying to figure out if I have something I can paint like this now.

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  22. Gail wrote:

    Love this so much that I have to PIN for a future project! Great job!

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  23. I love the color and the pattern you used! Can't wait to see more of your patio!


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  24. Amy wrote:

    Ooo! So summery & fresh! Love it! Did you just use white spray paint over the orange?

    Posted 3.25.13 Reply
    • Thanks Amy! Yes, just glossy white over glossy orange!
      xo. C

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  25. Such a cute table, Cass! I don't think I could pull this off. And someone truncated her posts. Do tell!

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  26. Incredible! So awesome that you took it a step further, that design adds such a great element to the piece. You and your aunt make the perfect smart cookie combination!


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  27. Love, love, love this little table transformation. What a happy little table now! and you have patience to cut out all those shapes that would have done me in!!

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  28. mwimp wrote:

    o-my-gosh!! SWOON!! i luv it and i completely agree the yellow showing thru makes it 10x's better than what it would be without it.

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  29. Sarah S wrote:

    This turned out so well! I love the colors and the little snippets of your patio we have seen {that rug!} Can't wait to see the full reveal!

    Posted 3.26.13 Reply
  30. Unbelievably talented, I love this. It's amazing and screams desinger. x


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  31. This looks SO AWESOME! The bits of yellow showing through make it even better. I totally want to copy this.


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  32. Sarah wrote:

    Cassie!! So stinkin cute! Love the orange and I love the pattern!

    Posted 3.26.13 Reply
  33. Kim wrote:

    OMG!!!! I Luhve it!!! You did a fabulous job! Wanna come to Round Rock and help me find something that needs "spoofing" up?! =)

    Posted 3.29.13 Reply
  34. Cindy wrote:

    I'm having an orange obsession lately. I'd love some drapes like that but don't want to spend a lot.. making me think, and you know how dangerous that can be!

    Posted 4.2.13 Reply
  35. amy moore wrote:

    LOVE this side table. I have 2 plain white Ikea side tables that I am looking to spice up-this has re-inspired me and given some good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  36. Jayne wrote:

    What a great table! The orange table really pops against the hot pink rug. I like both those colors, but I would never have thought of putting them together. Now I can't wait to see the rest of the patio.

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  37. Patios wrote:

    Wow it's so cute, I am willing to lay a hand to make some too and if I would be given a chance I'll prefer to use black lotus which will perfectly suit to my patio , I can feel that it will look gorgeous like yours.

    Posted 4.7.13 Reply
  38. Such a pretty project. I just love it. Pinned!

    Posted 5.8.13 Reply
  39. I love the orange and all the pattern! It looks great!

    Posted 5.8.13 Reply