Woo Hoo! We made it through the prep-work of our refinishing project! Prep is essential to achieving a professional finish at home, so I encourage you to head back to Part 1 if you missed it. Priming, sanding, and painting all sound pretty straightforward, but I will walk you through my process.
For this table I wanted to try out a new paint, well new to me, FolkArt Milk Paint. I fell in love with Pink Dogwood! The curves and details of this table just screamed feminine to me and I wanted the paint to match. FolkArt Milk Paint is not your typical milk paint that comes powdered and needs to be measured and mixed; It is a pre-mixed paint that offers a similar finish to milk paint or chalk paint. You can find it in the craft section of most stores and online.
Be sure to head over to my Safety Page prior to starting this project and remember to follow all manufacturer instructions on your products. For these steps you will need safety glasses or goggles, gloves, something to keep your hair pulled back (I like wearing a hat when painting to avoid paint in my hair), and depending on your paint choice you likely need a well ventilated area to work and/or safety mask.
Step 1 - Clean
After all the prep work from Part 1 is complete wipe the table down with a tack cloth or slightly dampened white cloth to remove any dust. This step is essential. Any dust or oil left on the table will create blemishes in your final piece.
Step 2 - Prime
I know many paints do not require a primer. FolkArt's Milk Paint does not, but priming will save paint and give you a better finish. My favorite primer is Zinsser B-I-N Shellac primer. It will not only give you a great even surface, but will keep darker woods from bleeding through the paint.
Step 3 - Sand
Sand with low grip sandpaper or steel wool and clean to remove any dust.
Step 4 - Paint
Finally, on to paint! I absolutely love all of the detailed woodwork on my table so I decided to go for a two-tone paint scheme to make it shine.
First, Paint the bulk of the piece. Follow manufacture guidelines for dry time.
Second, Paint all details and again allow for proper dry time.
Step 5 - Sand
Sand very lightly and clean with tack cloth.
Step 6 - Paint
Next paint second coat or coats if you chose multiple paint colors.
Step 7 - Sand
I know you are starting to see a pattern here! Sand one final time with a low grit paper and clean off dust.
Step 8 - Finish
Finally, apply a top coat. I am not a huge fan of wax because it requires regular refinishing and upkeep. It is also not as durable as a poly, in my personal opinion. I used a "flat" polycyclic for this table.
Once you allow for proper dry time, enjoy your finished work!
Have you repurposed or painted something fun? Share it with me in the comments. I would love to see your work! Also, if you have any questions feel free to drop them in the comment section as well and I will do my absolute best to answer.