Monday, October 17, 2011

coffee table how-to

                          Thank you all so much for all your sweet comments about the
                                                           table transformation!
                                                        Here's how it went down:
                                     One more look, just because we love before and afters!












   
The Products:
Rustoleum Protective Enamel Oil Based - Gloss Almond
Anita's Metallic Craft Paint - Classic Gold
My Favorite Purdy Brush
Small Brush - from Kid's Art Kit
                                                              The Price:
                            Rustoleum Enamel - $9/ quart -  used about half
                                          Metallic Paint - $3 - used about half

                                                              The Prep:
                                    Per Rustoleum instructions, I gave it a light sand,
                                 sprayed it down with water (squirt bottle) and dried. 
                          Taped off the fretwork and medallions I wanted to paint gold.
                                   
                                                            The Painting: 
                                              I used 3 coats of Rustoleum Enamel,
                                        allowing 24 hours drying time between coats.
                              After the 2nd coat I sanded lightly with 220 grit sandpaper
                                            and then took my leaf blower to it
                              to get all the particles out of the thousands of crevices!

                                                         The Problems:
       I wish I would have filled these little holes, and the area where the boards meet,
       I did everything except pour the paint in them hoping they'd disappear, no luck.
       This is the worst of them, and I'm sure it's one of those things only I notice. :)

                                                                    

                                                                     Patience!
                                     Each coat took almost two hours and the gold fretwork,
                              I lost track, I just kept at it whenever I had a few spare minutes,
                                                   the good news, it dried quickly! 

                        I love the high sheen lacquer finish ~ it was definitely worth the time!

       

9 comments:

Inspired in Arvada said...

Thanks for sharing all of your tips. Sign me up! This is so beautiful it was worth all of your effort. You have a great eye for selecting the best paint colors, always a challenge for me when working with white.

Sarah's mom said...

The holes wouldn't bother me, they just add character. Beautiful job on a beautiful table.

Holly said...

I really like how you spelled this out in steps/categories. I know sometimes tutorials or how-to explanations can get quite wordy (from my own experience and something that I'm critical of myself on) so I really think this is great from a post set-up standpoint. And the after=FABULOUS! Only you will see those little things.

Chubby N Chieque said...

I drool and says... WHAT! seems not the same coffee table, eh?

What a great job you've done. Hats off...


TY for sharing...

Greetings from chilly Stockholm,
/chie

A Vintage Vine said...

Looks great...sometimes patience is not my best suit! When I have a piece like this and it takes me a lot of time..."I think why am I doing this"? Then when it looks this great I am happy I did! High 5, great job!

Amanda said...

wow! that turned out great! So much lighter & brighter.

René said...

It looks incredible! I recently used oil gloss on a cabinet and was thrilled with the outcome. Much better than latex for shine & durability. Wish it was easier to clean up.

Katie said...

Beautiful makeover!

Pam said...

I love it!! I have a very similar coffee table that I've been trying to get the nerve up to paint. Seeing how yours turned out has put me right over the edge.

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