Good Morning and welcome to my first tutorial!
Today I am writing about a Craig’s List transformation. I have been looking for a round table to use as a work table in my office and recently found this one on Craig’s list. It was pretty beat up and needed some TLC. Here is what I did…
After a light sanding on the table top to remove the gunk from the previous owner, I mixed up a batch of my favorite paint recipe which I adapted from Martha Stewart’s chalkboard paint recipe.
1 cup of latex flat paint
2 rounded tablespoons non-sanded grout
1/4 cup water
Pour paint into a plastic container. Gradually add the grout, stirring until well blended. I usually do this about 1 teaspoon at a time. (You can add it all at once for a chunkier paint, which actually gives your painted piece more character because the clumps of grout add some texture and when sanded they pop through and look like a light layer of paint is underneath.) Add about 1/4 cup of water and stir. Continue adding water while you paint as the mixture will thicken.
I really like this recipe for so many reasons. I am able to paint without priming or sanding because the paint really grabs the furniture. The clean up is much easier and the paint glides right on in a nice thick coat. The finish is a velvety matte look that works well with a casually comfortable home.
Next I began painting the table starting with the base. I used a brush to paint the detail areas. Before I turned the table right side up, I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process so that I could add more paint to any thin areas before I painted the top.
These are the tools I used to apply my paint. As I mentioned, I used the brush for the detailed areas and used this nifty little disposable roller set to paint the flat areas. It came with a lid so I just covered up the leftover paint and will use it a little later.
Here it is in my office. Much better! Typically I like things pretty classic and simple but I may add some hand painted details later. I will let you know if I do.
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