If you know me, my house is forever changing. When my husband was in the Army, I’d change the house around all the time. I still change things up a bit but not quite as much now. Too many projects and too little time!
Last year I found a round coffee table to my liking on Craigslist and paid $30 for it. I’m just now getting ’round to fixing it up. I knew what I wanted but didn’t know how to go about it. So this weekend, I went to Home Depot with Mr. Simplyladdie (he was getting stain for our picnic table), picked out a few items, and asked the associate at the paint center for his advice. He gave me his approval on my plans to do with the table and I set out on my way.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- Kilz Original primer
- Rust-oleum Chalked Paint (linen white)
- Rust-oleum Gloss Clear Spray
- Ryobi orbital sander
- Gator 5″, 120 Grit, Sanding Discs
- Clean Cloth (or paper towel)
First, I began sanding the sides and legs of the table with my Ryobi orbital sander with a 125-grit sand paper. Then using a clean cloth or paper towel, I wiped the dust off the surface and sprayed painted it with the Kilz primer. The primer will allow the table to absorb the paint better and not let the brown show through as much. I primed the bottom shelf, the sides, and legs of the coffee table as well.
After the primer to dried completely, I spray painted the table with it’s first coat of chalked paint. I decided to keep the brown top as is.
Again, allow the chalked paint to dry before spraying on a second coat. I had just enough before running out of chalked paint.
After the second coat dried, I sanded the entire table down until it was smooth to the touch.
Following that, I took sand paper and rub parts of the chalked paint off. I “roughed” up the areas that would normally be worn by regular use and added more distressed marks in various places until I liked it. Give it a go. You can’t mess it up!
Finally, I applied the gloss clear coat all over the table except for the TOP. I believe the brown top gives the table a little bit of charm. I didn’t want it to be stark white since my couches are already white.
That’s it folks! It turned out okay for my first time “distressing” any furniture. What do you think? Let me know if you have a better way of distressing furniture or any tips you have for me. I’d love to hear from you!