Published by Naomie Whitely, Sep 06, 2017
If you got the itch to change the look of your dining room but not in a right time to purchase a new furniture, you can consider to buy a second dining table or modify the existing one. It’s always exciting to undergo a DIY project during the weekend, right? So, all you have to do is looking for the perfect used table and give it a makeover!
As any other thing in this world, aside from the exciting factors, there are also challenge to remodel a second-hand dining table. You may find damage and scratch, or maybe dull varnish in some spots. You’ve got to deal with those damage before you begin the makeover process. Here are some easy tips:
1) Strip the table’s top
To deal with surface damage and uneven coat, you may need to strip the top. This process will wash any old paint or varnish off your table. You can apply any stripping agent available in the market. Coat your table’s surface with the chemical, let it sit for roughly four hours, and then start to scrape the layers away. The scraping away process will be so easy and fast, and Voila! You get a smooth-surfaced table!
After the stripping process, wipe down the top with a slightly damp cloth, wipe it dry and continue to sand.
2) Sand and apply primer
Take a grit paper and sand your table top to remove all dirt, then wipe it down with a clean cloth. Then using a foam roller, apply two coats of base coat/primer all over the surface. In between coats of primer, sand your table again to get a smoother surface.
3) Use oil-based paint and avoid latex
An oil-based paint works wonderfully on almost any surface. The only downside is you can’t usually get the color mixed, thus you have to choose from the colors available.
And for heaven’s sake, avoid latex like a disease. The resulting product will be very hard to clean and leaves wipe marks each time you try to clean it. Latex also scuffed and rubbed-off immediately.
One thing to keep in mind when painting with oil, let the paint to the job for you. Using a brush, apply a thin layer and not to brush over it again. The paint will even itself out slowly. So, try to minimize brushstrokes as much as possible. Apply the first layer horizontally and let it dry for roughly 24 hours.
Before applying the second layer, sand the table lightly with the orbital pattern to make sure an even and smooth result. Then apply the second layer of the paint vertically (the width of the table). After waiting for another 24 hours, you’ll be incredibly happy with the results.
4) No top coat needed
Using a poly/top coat with oil-based paint is redundant, so you better avoid it.
5) Choose glossy finish
The gloss finish looks so beautiful and charming, and it cleans up like a dream, too! You can also play with colors and patterns to create a stylish look.