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!
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!