Isn’t the power of paint wonderful? I am always surprised how changing a paint color can be amazing. Take this table for instance. Maybe you don’t want too, the way the before was. I bought it at a garage sale about 4 years ago. It got buried under stuff but I decided to unearth it and see what I could do to it.
My only thought was to get rid of the dark color and I needed to paint stripes. I accomplished both things. I also had to change the color of this table also. Better, right?
As I normally do, I wiped it down with a solution of white cleaning vinegar and water. The top had chips in the paint so I knew I had to strip it to the wood. But that was ok because I thought I would paint the stripes on the top using stain. That was not meant to be.
I did a combination of sanding and using stripper. Using the stripper and covering it with plastic wrap makes the job so much easier.
I spread the stripper over the table top and spread the plastic wrap over it. I let it sit for over a day and when I came back it was so easy to remove the old paint. There were some areas I had to redo but it is so much better than sanding it down. The table got cleaned up again.
I can understand why the previous owner painted the table the way it was. The shape makes me think of a Pagoda. Not sure why the legs maybe? I wasn’t having it. It was going to be in a soft beachy blue. Two coats later and I could wax it.
HA! That is what I thought. There was one little spot that bled through. I sanded the small area and repainted. It bled through again. I didn’t have any shellac and didn’t want to buy any for one little spot. I won’t bore you with the details but in the end, I sanded it down for what seemed like the 100th time. Then I took a can of matte clear spray paint and sprayed the spot and the surrounding area. When that dried I painted the area with primer. It worked.
So then I repainted the trouble spot and feathered it in. Next, the entire top was painted. I really wanted to do some kind of stripe. The table owed it to me. The apron, I think that is what it is called seemed like the perfect place to add the stripe. I taped it off.
A coordinating lighter color was mixed with Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder and glaze. It made the paint look translucent. That also took two coats. Don’t allow the paint to get dry, pull the tape off prior to that. I did have to touch up some spots but it is fine.
Sand the entire piece lightly to smooth out and wax with clear. I gave it two coats.
And once again I am surprised. Surprised at how changing a paint color can be amazing. How a piece can be transformed. What do you think? Will you change the color of a painted table to make it look totally different?
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