When I pulled the back off for the 600th time, I decided to check Craig's List.
And that is when I saw a listing for a table and 4 chairs for $30!!!! I had been learning about the power of spraypaint and felt ready to tackle this project!
The table had an awesome structure, but it was surrounded with this carved scrolly-type etching. It was everywhere and quite overpowering, so I decided to fill it in with this:
After dust was EVERYWHERE, I pulled out my KILZ spray paint primer. As a homeschool family, we use our kitchen table ALOT....so I knew that this table needed to withstand 3 meals/day, science experiments, lego battles, spilled drinks......I needed the power of KILZ!
KILZ was a little expensive at our hardware store...$4.99/can, but it was less than the gas to drive to Home Depot. I used 1 can of KILZ on the top sanding lightly after coating it.
Then I got my Krylon Ivory Gloss spraypaint and started lightly coating the table.
Can you see the layer of dust in my garage???? LOL
I think that I needed about 3 cans of Ivory to completly coat the table and the leaf. Thankfully, it was ON SALE!!! at True Valuefor $3.22/can. (They often put their spray paint on sale and carry both Krylon and Rustoleum brands!) I think that it's somewhat cheaper at Wal-mart, but again.....the drive....
(I think that it was at this point that my neighbor walked over and asked me what color I was going to paint the table.......uhm.....it's already painted?!?)
After letting it dry, I started the sanding and glazing process. YES....sanding again!! I went along all the lines and using a piece of folded sandpaper, I roughed it up.
I then took glaze....unfortunately, I borrowed some from my mom, so it came in an old Folger's coffee can! But you can make it by buying Behr Glaze and having it tinted. You may have to ask Home Depot for assistance there. I have often used stain to "antique" my furniture, but the glaze worked much better.
I was able to give the table depth by rubbing on the glaze and wiping with a damp cloth. I applied the glaze heavier to my sanded areas.
I would do some glazing and then step away for an hour so that when I returned, I would have "fresh eyes." I could see areas that I had missed or areas where I wanted the glaze darker.
After the glaze dried, I sprayed a clear coat of spray paint polyacrylic sealer, but then realized that the table would be heavily used and needed something stronger.
Since I already had some of this Minwax Polyacrylic satin finish.....I brushed about 3 coats on.
And here she is....in all of her glory....
She wipes off SOOOO easily!!
But wait......wasn't the whole reason that I was on Craig's List was for the chairs?????????? :)
I'll show you those later!!