Paint Your Old Coffee Tables

Paint Your Old Coffee Tables

Although some people prefer the old-fashioned look and feel of a used, worn-out old coffee tables, others prefer to keep that freshly-painted and brand-new look. Here are several ways to paint your old coffee tables. Prime the coffee table using a paintbrush and a white water-based (latex) primer. You can purchase primer but it is often just as good to use watered-down white emulsion. Use a mixture of half water, half paint. Allow to dry. Water-based primer should be touch-dry almost immediately, but leave two to three hours before progressing to the next step. Sand the table again, again using very fine grade sandpaper. This will smooth any imperfections left by the layer of primer. Wipe the table down afterward so there is no residual dust on the surface. Apply a top coat. Oil or acrylic eggshell paints give a nice, low-sheen finish, as does satin finish. You may prefer a high gloss finish. Whichever you choose, paint carefully and always train the brush in the same direction, ideally following the grain of the wood. Allow to dry. Oil-based paints may take 24 hours to dry fully.

Apply a second coat for a fine finish. Sand with fine grade paper and wipe down before applying more paint. Allow to dry thoroughly. Finish your tables. At this stage you may like to add special paint effects such as stencilling or découpage. Stencilling usually involves the application of acrylic paints, while découpage is the process of sticking decorative paper designs onto the surface with PVA glue. Stencilling or découpage should be followed by a coat of polyurethane varnish.

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