It was love at first site with this little side table. I spotted her from across the room and walked over slowly as to not draw attention. The price was right, the size was perfect, and she had oh so much character. The only problem was the lovely brown wood grain finish. Nothing a little can of magic couldn't fix. She was coming home with me. This is my story of painting a table.
My table was one of those with awesome brassy knobs and a super shiny finish. I was not in the mood to try to sand those curvy legs down much so I used a good primer that is said to work even on laminate. What's not to love about making things easier on ourselves.
Ziinsser Cover Stain Primer
Medium and fine sanding blocks
(I used Rust-oleum Winter Gray for the table and Metallic Brushed Nickel for the knobs)
1. Paint the table with two coats of primer following the directions on the can for dry and re-coat times. Once the primer is completely dry, sand off the brush strokes starting with the medium grit sandpaper and moving to the fine grit to get it completely smooth on the flat surfaces. Be patient and get it right. Your paint will look so much better if you start with a nice surface.
2. Spray paint the table and the hardware using multiple light coats (moving slowly across and going off the edge to change direction) until evenly painted. Be sure to spray from all directions to fully coat all the nooks.
3. If it will be used in a high traffic area, I would recommend a protective finish like a poly or a spray on clear coat.
I love a good thrift find and this little lady was no exception. She has become one of my favorite pieces in my home. I guess you could say it was fate.
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