Painting an old coffee table to give it a new lease of life

Author: dpinning  //  Category: DIY Tips, How To Guides

Nobody likes to have tatty or worn out furniture in their homes, but with a few simple tools and supplies an old coffee table can be given a new lease of life. Whether you have had the table for a number of years or picked it up on a whim from a charity shop or boot sale, a bit of sanding and painting can make a big different and create a focal point in your room.

Cleaning the table

Use an old rag (t-shirt material is good) and some mineral spirits to give the table a good clean. Make sure to clean all of the nooks and crannies and clean as much dirt off the surface as possible.

Sanding the table

Sand the entire table down with 150 grit sandpaper; this can be done by hand but it is much easier to do with a palm sander with a triangle base for reaching the hard to reach areas.

Repair any damage to the table

There are bound to be some dents and gouges in the table and although it might sound daunting these are easy to fix. Simply fill in any dents with wood filler and leave to dry for a couple of hours then sand the area smooth again to match the existing surface.

Priming the table

Give the table a wipe down with an old cloth to get rid of any leftover wood dust and paint the primmer on. There are many different types of primmer on the market and it is recommended that you follow the instructions of your chosen product. Give the table at least two coats of primmer before moving to your chosen colour.

Painting the table

It’s time to add some colour to your table, so take your chosen colour and apply 2-3 light coats until full coverage is achieved. You can also add some stencilled patterns if you like to match a particular theme or mimic a pattern of something else in the room.

Applying a clear coat

Clear coats are designed to protect the paint from damage and give a professional look. They are usually available in gloss or matt finishes and can be brushed on or sprayed on through an aerosol can. Apply 2-3 coast of the clear onto the table and leave to dry for at least 2 days; this will give the paint a chance to harden.

Once its dry it can take pride of place in your front room.

Picture: id-iom

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