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. :)


                                     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!



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 Gruszka 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 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,

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 @ Wildwood Creek 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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