I decided that I was going to paint the veneer white like the walls so it would make the kitchen seem more open. It worked for many years and we had quite a few compliments on our table.
After quite a few years, and a few more coats of paint to touch up over the chips, stains and marker or paint from the kids' art projects (I didn't use a sealant)....this is what my table looked like:
Notice the paint peeling off of the veneer on top, and if you can see it, my kids' art projects ended up on the wood underlay of the table.
The table still worked great, I still have kids that do art projects on it, so buying a new table was not logical. We just had black granite counter tops installed, so I did some research and decided to do this to my table:Amazing right? I L-O-V-E my table!!!! And since this photo I have 2 toned the entire house, so it looks really nice against a tan wall.
So here is what I did:
- Sanded and scraped off as much of the old paint as possible. I also sanded and stained the wood underlay to get off all the paint and gunk from the sides and legs.
- Painted the top with WATER BASED primer. I used a roller, I found it does not leave streaks like the brush did. and let it dry.
- I then Painted the top with WATER BASED HIGH GLOSS color shaded black from Walmart and let it dry in between coats. ( I think I did 2 coats)
- Top it off with a WATER BASED HIGH GLOSS sealant.
The top sealant coat makes the painted table very durable and makes wiping things off the table easy. It's water based paint so we don't have to worry about it contaminating our food and it looks brand new.
I used Minwax Polycrylic protective finish sealer:
This make over cost me right around $20. I have a unique beautiful table. The thing I like about remaking old stuff is that is something were to damage it, you can touch it up, and if you can't you're not out a ton of money.
It's amazing what a little paint can do. ☺
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