Re-finishing the Kitchen Table

5 May

When I first moved into my current apartment nearly two years ago I moved in with basically the furniture I’d used to furnish my bedroom in the three residences I’d lived in since graduating. I think I only had two chairs. My little brother got married about a week after I moved and my extended family, who were in town for the wedding, all came over for dinner one evening. While I had acquired a kitchen table by then it was in pieces. Thankfully everyone was sweet and didn’t mind sitting in my camping chairs or on the floor.

I got this table from the sister of my boss. She had painted the legs and sides red (which you’ll see I chose to stick with), and I believe intended to decoupage the top. I guess the project never happened and the table ended up in here garage sale, and when it didn’t sell she very generously gave it to me!

After all the time and money (nothing outrageous but probably $50+) I spent on it I would have to agree with what my mom told me when I called her to tell her about my free table. “It would be easier and cheaper to buy one.” Moms are always right aren’t they? Even though I would’ve had a table months sooner I’m glad I made my own unique one.

I’m always nervous about messing my projects up, but felt a bit better about things after finding these two posts about painting furniture and painting laminate: and

I won’t bore you with my step by step process, but I did learn a few things about painting furniture.
-If you prime it and plan to paint over the primer with a fairly dark or transparent (red) color, tint your primer! I had to paint so many coats of red to get the white primer not to show.
-I did primer, paint, and a top coat. The guy at the hardware store told me that I needed to use all acrylic based or all oil based paint. No mixing and matching.
-This can all be done in an apartment. I worried that I really needed a garage or backyard, but drop cloths and low VOC paint made everything work out!

So after nine months my finished table! My only complaint was that the paint didn’t harden like I thought it should. Even now if I set down a warm bowl or my sewing machine on the table it leaves a mark. I was upset at first, but I’ve moved on now.

I’m definitely no expert furniture painter, but if you have questions about what I did feel free to ask!


One Response to “Re-finishing the Kitchen Table”

  1. Kaylee May 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I love the way it turned out! the color is awesome.

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