Pin It Finally, my local Goodwill was fruitful in the furniture department!
After almost a year of lustfully lurking around blogland at everyone’s Goodwill makeovers, I finally have one of my own to share.
BEFORE (Please excuse the darkened look of my pictures. During the winter months, my basement is my workshop.)
Not bad for only $15, right? A solid wood table with little to no scratches. It’s only draw back was the color. It was that blond pinkish wood stain from the 80’s/90’s. Easy fix!
First, I tried to sand it down by hand. Then, I finally decided it was time to get one of these.
I could see Carpenter Dad beaming from 130 miles away! The legs still had to be sanded down hand, but this made the top a breeze.
Using a good quality synthetic bristle brush, I applied one coat of Rustoleum’s Painters Touch Primer in Grey.
It was my first time using brushable Rustoleum paints…I’m usually a spray paint gal. Since the winter weather is still lingering up here in Illinois, I had to try something else out.
The Frugal Girl has some wonderful furniture painting tips and several inspiring posts using the brushable Painter’s Touch paint. I decided to give it a try.
After one coat of primer, you could still see the wood grain coming through.
Then, I applied 3 thin coats of the Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in Black Semi-Gloss.
Using thin coats is key with this paint. The thinner coats keep the finish looking flawless. It takes some patience, but the results are wonderful.
Here’s what it looked like with the first thin coat.
Another tip: I found it easier to work on the legs then the top. Meaning that I did all three coats of black on the legs first, flipped it over and did three coats on the top.
You should also try to keep with the grain of the piece, if there is one. This makes any brush strokes less visible.
The picture below shows how you can still see the grain on top of the finished table.
After leaving the final coat of black paint dry overnight, I applied Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in Satin. This will hopefully make the piece stand up better to my little guys torture. (One coat all over, and a second coat on top.)
This project has converted me to the Painter’s Touch brand on certain large projects for sure. It goes on so smooth and brush strokes just disappear.
The formula is much thinner than regular paint, which creates the need for multiple coats. In the end, the results are totally worth it.
Now I need to figure out what to put on top of my lovely finished table.
Although, the boys have already “decorated” it with superheroes and Matchbox cars. Try working with that color palette.
I’m linking this post up to the below parties! Check them out for some fabulous inspiration!
Susan’s Metamorphasis Monday, Kim's Make Your Monday, Kimba’s DIY day, Kimm’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, Blue Cricket Design's Show and Tell, Maryann's Power of Paint Party, Gina’s Transformation Thursday, Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Friday.