Styling the padding of a table?

Styling the padding of a table?

  
table 
    {
     padding: solid black;
    }

Hello Everybody,

I want the padding in the cells of my table to be colored solid black. Why does this not work?
I have tried other stuff, but nothing is working.  The table comes up on the page invisiable.  
I want to see the outlines of the cells of the table.

Thanks in advance.

Frank
Use border instead of padding.

Like 
 
table
{
   border: 1px solid black;
}