Friday, August 8, 2014

Painting the Old Dining Room Table

Hello all!  I am excited to show you my latest project! When we blended households back in the summer of 2009 I threw a table cloth over this cheap table in the dining room and called it day.

I figured I would buy a new one in a few months and until then this guy was fine with the table cloth on it.  Well, you know the best laid plans...

We kept on using the ugly table....  But actually, it works really well!  It has two big leaves so it stretches to hold up to 12 people (albeit tightly) and it's sturdy.  Here it is last Thanksgiving all stretched out and gussied up!

I realized I probably couldn't replace it cheaply.  Too bad this one was just so ugly.  I mean, it's pressed board with some kind of plastic finish (??) and the edge is rubbery.. bleck!

I decided to go ahead and paint it.  I figured if it turned out awful then I was no worse off. I could still throw the table cloth over it, right?  And then save my pennies and buy a better one down the road.

My hubby took it apart and carried it to the garage. I started by just sanding the heck out of the top with my new Ryobi sander (he had to buy me one because his was at a job site.. oh well!) and that was pretty fun.  I used the sander the best I could on the base - it was a little bit tricky because of the tube-like design. The only real wood on this table is the very bottom of the base!

I wiped it off real well then started priming with Kilz.  I sprayed, let it dry for over an hour, then lightly sanded with a block sander.  Then I applied a second coat and repeated the drying/sanding.  I did this over one weekend.

The next weekend my hubby started painting with Rustoleum Heirloom White - the same color we used on the dining room chairs.  Well, some parts came out great, but others came out not so great.  I'm not sure if it was too hot or dry outside, but the top is very splotchy and uneven, and also very bumpy/grainy feeling.  We ran out of time and energy that weekend, then went to the lake with the whole entire family the next weekend.. and we haven't gone back to work on it.

We need to sand and put on a second coat.  He's thinking about getting a can of the Heirloom White and rolling the top?  Or maybe spraying it with his big sprayer like he did the dining room buffet.  Either way, it won't be getting done this weekend either... I'm having some dumb surgery on my left foot and won't be allowed to walk on it for three weeks. yay. -_-

So, here it sits.  Dining room's a mess.  Who knows... maybe I can just get him to finish it while I call out orders from the couch!  I can dream can't I??  hehe  Do you ever start a project and then just can't seem to finish it?  Do you walk by it every day and it drives you crazy?  **Heavy sighhhh**

UPDATE:  See the finished table here!

Sharing at That DIY Party - always a bunch of cool projects!



  1. Kelli, I love your energy! Have you ever used chalk paint on furniture?

    1. Thanks, Julie!! - no I haven't used chalk paint! Is that the way to go?

  2. Some projects just take a little longer. But, I do have several that stare at me on a daily basis wondering when will they get done. I think it's just the life of a diyer/crafter. Hope all goes well with your surgery.

    1. Thank you, Cathy - surgery went well, now I just have to figure out how to maneuver for three weeks. But hey, if I can paint a table I can figure out how to get around with only one foot ;) Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  3. Looks like a fun project. Even though some projects take longer or time consuming the end results will always make you feel like it was worth it. i love the paint you used. I am excited to see the finished product.

    1. Thanks, Jazmine! I will be sure to post an update!! (I can't wait myself!)

  4. Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  5. It is going to be awesome when completed! Re a primer; the one that I use constantly is called -- Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer and IMHO is 'the best invention since sliced bread' as there is NO NEED to sand a project unless of course its surface has been damaged with dings/scratches and requires repair. Is also great for hiding water stains or similar, sealing wood knots etc. and can be used on slick surfaces like metal, ceramic etc . Prior to applying just wipe down your project with a solution of T.S.P. (to remove dirt 'n grime), let dry and then apply. Also for your information and readers if intimidated using a sprayer; when doing smaller projects use a sponge roller and/or brush.
    Thank you for letting me add my tips. ☺ -Brenda-
    Footnote: T.S.P. can be found in most Hardware Stores. It is granular and comes in a milk-like carton and is mixed with water.

    1. Thank you, Brenda! I will definitely remember these tips next time I'm painting!!


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