Paint this table red now. That is what I kept hearing in my mind as I walked by this table that was on top of so many other pieces of furniture that need work. Now most people looking at this table would say it should be painted in the white shabby chic style. I understand it that is what told myself. But the red kept calling to me. So this table got its way and was painted red.
Surprisingly the table was in pretty good shape. I bought it at the same thrift store where I found the nightstand. It had something nasty on the top. I don’t know what it was and maybe I don’t want to know what it was. It isn’t an expensive piece but that is ok. I liked the delicate lines of the table. I scrubbed it with Murphy’s Oil Soap and cleaned it up.
Then I took it apart and decided to prime the table with Zinsser 123 primer. It may not make sense because I am painting the table red. The bleed through if any, won’t show but I feel better doing it, the table will seem cleaner by priming it. Once it dried I looked it over for any drips I may have missed and lightly sanded them off.
And you won’t believe this but I did not have to use a ton of wood filler. There was just a little spot on one of the legs I touched up. It looked like maybe a dog chewed it.
I mixed up my DIY chalk paint in an oops red I bought from Lowes. I use a very easy recipe, one part Plaster of Paris mixed with water to a pancake like consistency. Then added in 3 parts paint, mixed well. In this project I diluted the paint just a little more. I layered the paint in 2 thin coats.
Once dry, I put the legs back on the table, I felt it would be easier to work on it with legs on. I hand sanded the table smooth using 220 grit paper wrapped around the sponge sanding block. I went for undistressed look.
Then I was done. I couldn’t believe how quickly this table got a makeover. Could be after working on the rocker I deserved a break, he he. The table was waxed with the clear wax and then I went back over it with the dark wax. Sometimes I feel it gives it a richer look to do that. And that is my story of how and why I painted the table red now.
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