I am a fan of the upcycling movement. Sure, there is nothing like buying something brand new, but I also love restoring or making old things feel and look new again too! Today I am going to share how I redid my kitchen table.
First off, I lightly sanded our table (with a hand sander) to remove the finish on it.
Next, after wiping it down (with a microfiber cloth), I primed it using Zinsser 1, 2, 3, primer. I realize my paint had primer in it, but I just know how much a kitchen table gets used and abused, so I wanted to be certain the paint stuck.
Here I am in the process of priming. Priming definitely adds more time and takes a good 15-24 hours to dry afterward, but I think it is worth it. Painting all of those spindles…ah! I only painted one coat of primer because it covered it so well and thick.
The next day, I was ready to paint. I used a combination of a spray can and a roller. The spindles and legs were so much easier to paint with the aerosol can, whereas I rolled the tops of the chairs and table. I painted two coats on each item.
I let the paint set and dry for 12 hours before I did the last step, which is the polyurethane finishing coat. I used the satin to add a little shine, but most importantly I wanted to seal the paint on well. I did two coats of this, but in hind sight, I should have done three.