This is not a good before pic.
I apparently forgot to take a pic of the end table in all its dinged wood and formica topped glory.
This little table was $7. It is solid wood but very very dinged up. As an added bonus the top is formica. Not exactly a decorators dream piece.
But as I have learned, a lot of elbow grease (sanding and more sanding) and a coat of paint (well, several coats) will result in something that looks entirely different. Especially when the piece has nice lines and good storage space.
How did I transform the piece?
Step one: Sand, sand, sand. Then sand some more, especially the formica top. You need to give the primer something to "grab" onto.
Step two: Wipe with microfiber cloth or other lint free cloth to remove all the dust created by sanding.
Step three: Prime. I used Kilz oil based primer (the smelly version since I was working in the garage).
Step four: Let it dry, overnight.
Step five: Tape off the base and the edges of the two layers. (I painted the flat surfaces in a glossy finish and the sides and legs in a flat finish.) Spray glossy paint, in thin layers, letting dry completely between layers. Once you have the coverage you like, let dry for at least 24 hours.
Step six: Mask off glossy surfaces with newspaper and painters tape. Spray flat paint, in thin layers, letting dry completely between layers. Once you have the coverage you like, let dry for at least 24 hours.
Step seven: Remove tape and place in intended location. In our case, this was our front bedroom.
Here's wishing you luck (and strong forearms for the sanding) on your revamp projects.
Cost of the Project:
$ 7.00 Cost of end table
5.00 Can Kilz Primer
2.00 1/2 Can Glossy White Spray Paint
2.00 1/2 Can Flat White Spray Paint
2.00 Most of a roll painters tape (you can see in the pic above why I ended up using so much tape)
$18.00 Total Cost
I am linking this project to
the Power of Paint Party.
The Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home