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How To Paint A Kitchen Table

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How To Paint A Kitchen Table

Originally posted in 2011, I thought this would be perfect for our Transforming Your Space M Challenge since it was a fairly simple project (after I learned a lesson!) that made a huge difference. I love paint and it’s power to transform! I never dreamed that I would ever paint my kitchen table when we bought it. For ten years though we abused it daily, it survived a brutal move with a terrible moving company, and the polyurethane coating never did look right after it was damaged in route to our house on the day we bought it. The table was loved to pieces, literally, and that is why we had to paint it. Passing through our kitchen, you might not have noticed the table’s beat-up appearance. From far away or cleverly covered with a tablecloth when it got really embarrassing, the table just didn’t look that bad. Upon closer inspection though, your eyes are assaulted with the damage that has happened to it. The polyurethane coating was flaking away, the ends were terribly damaged on the table, and a huge gash went right through the center of it that I never thought the table would ever recover from. We decided that we would stain the table and restore the tabletop with a nice deep and rich color. We bought lots of supplies to stain the table and I couldn’t wait to get started. For two days I sanded the table to within an inch of its poor little life. The polyurethane coating remained. I bought polyurethane stripper and left it on the table for twenty-four hours. The polyurethane remained. I sanded the table more. The polyurethane remained. I cried. I rocked in the fetal position. I kicked myself for starting a project that I didn’t feel as confident in. I gave up. We ate at a sad folding table and chairs for an entire week, only to discover this staining would not happen at my novice level of furniture staining. At this point, I had nothing to lose. We decided to paint the kitchen table. The chairs were in good condition other than a quick reupholster to the tired fabric that had been on them. The table legs also happened to be in decent condition so we made the decision to leave the table legs and chairs in their natural wood color (partly out of laziness and partly because we needed our kitchen table back) which definitely cut down on the work. I am no expert on painting furniture so I consulted with my best friend who has been painting her furniture recently and the ever amazing and wildly talented Kate, from Centsational Girl, who has this amazing tutorial on how to paint furniture. Between the two of them, I felt a tad more confident than I did before. Once the table was sanded and wood filled in the spots that were really rough on the table, we applied two coats of the Zinsser Cover Stain Primer over the table. Between each coat, once the tabletop was fully dry, I gave it another good sanding and wiped it clean with a cloth. I had to admit, even with just the primer, the table was already looking better. Once the primer was dry, I applied two coats of paint to the tabletop. We wanted our tabletop to match our kitchen cabinets so we chose Valspar Blanched Pine (7005-15) for the shade of white we were looking for. Two coats of paint were applied to it. The first coat was applied with a brush and then the second coat, I used a roller and then used a brush to smooth out any roller marks. I did take Kate’s recommendation and added Floetrol to the paint (as directed on the packaging) which really did seem to help cut down on the mistakes that I usually make when painting. This paint conditioner will definitely be used again when I tackle another painting project. After the paint was dry, we then applied two heavy coats of polyurethane to the tabletop with an angled brush. We allowed the polyurethane to set on the tabletop for four days with no use. I think this was one of the hardest parts about the process, but we wanted to make sure that the tabletop would really be able to withstand our daily abuse once we brought it inside. The table legs were reattached, the new-to-me chairs were slid under it. We were in business. Here is our newly painted kitchen tabletop.  It is not perfect, but we truly did the best we could to improve upon something we already owned. I am so happy to have a tabletop that I don’t have to cover with a tablecloth and my husband is thankful I am done with this project, I am thankful to have reclaimed the garage, and we are all thankful that we didn’t have to purchase a new set of furniture for this room.
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How To Paint A Kitchen Table

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How To Paint A Kitchen Table

Painting Kitchen Chairs Get tips on painting kitchen chairs. Painted Kitchen Table Design Ideas Got an old kitchen table that’s just not doing it for you anymore? Don’t trash it – paint it. We’ve got tons of ideas for styles and colors, and a few how-to tips to lead you to the painted kitchen table of your dreams. Kitchen Bar Stool Painting Ideas Bar stools get a fresh, updated look with paint. Stenciled Side Table From the pages of HGTV Magazine , Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers tells you how to remix this old item with a little more than paint. How to Paint a Colorful Kaleidoscope Table Paint a decorative glass tabletop inspired by the symmetrical, geometric patterns seen through a kaleidoscope. Make a Reverse-Painted Tabletop This decorative tabletop/wine bar calls for both technique and imagination. Learn how to make a tabletop with the reverse-painting technique. Painting Kitchen Islands Get tips on painting kitchen islands. Painting Kitchen Appliances Customize the look of your kitchen by painting kitchen appliances. Painting Kitchen Chairs: Ideas and Options Give your kitchen chairs a new look with a fresh coat of paint. Painted Kitchen Shelves Get tips on painting kitchen shelves.
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How To Paint A Kitchen Table

Hi Kate, I just found your site and I love your work and your very detailed tutorials! I need all the vital details I can get…which other sites can sometimes leave out of the equation causing me a lot of hassle. I am a novice at painting furniture and need to be aware of a lot of the little details (like how many coats of primer and paint, & how long to wait in between). THANK YOU SO MUCH for this:) Okay, I am very confused by the primer and paint that you used to paint the kitchen table. From what I gather, the primer is oil based, the paint you used is a water based enamel alkyd paint. My husband is adament that I cannot use a water based paint over and oil base primer. Does the BJ Moore Advance paint you used operated like an oil based paint???? Can you please explain to me what primer(s) to use with what paint(s) (plural). I’m dealing with a husband and some men from the paint store who are from the old school…and they tell me I’m headed for trouble painting like this. Can you please give me some clarification on primers and paints. Thank you so much!
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How To Paint A Kitchen Table

Hi Kate – I am normally not a DIY kind of person, but your painted kitchen table project was so beautiful, I decided to take it on. I followed your exact instructions on an old oak pedestal table that I got at a thrift store and I just applied the final coat of paint this morning, and so far it looks great! I now will let the paint cure for a week, and then apply the wax coats. Now that I have a lull in the action, I want to turn my attention to the 4 wood chairs that came with the set. I plan to prime them with the same stuff used on the table (Zissners), but not sure how to paint? I would much prefer to use a spray paint since the chairs have a lot of detail and I am not sure how well I’d be able to paint them with a brush. But Benjamin Moore does not sell spray paint anymore, and I want to use the same color for the chairs that I did with the table (Swiss Coffee). I tried a tool call Crown Spray Gun – which did not work out for me. Any other suggestions?

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