Adding to a new lease to a coffee table can be a to smarten old or aging
furniture. In this article, I will look at techniques and various color styles
to turn that coffee table around and get it looking smart and give it a new
quality look and feel again.
Your old coffee is a little dirty, marked and probably a bit cracked
or chipped. The first basic thing you need to do is clean it thoroughly so you
can work on it.
I recommend Oil Soap, it is safe for wood and works great to remove any
dirt or dusk from the table it has collected over the years. It’s best to
remove all the draws before you do this to get the clean done thoroughly.
Sanding and more sanding
After the coffee take is clean, sand it with medium sandpaper all
over including the draws. Do this until all the marks and chips are gone. This
is usually anything from 0.2mm to 1 cm. You will need some patience and it will
probably take you quite a bit of time, just remember it is time and effort well
The look should go from shiny to dull and now be smooth and mark free.
After the coffee table is sanded you need to give the surface a
further clean with Oil Soap, this is to get the table dust and moist free. Now you ready to apply the primer, this is
pre-paint coat layer, to fill in any large dips and allow the final coat of
paint to be even and provide a great finish.
KILZ primer is good and it is also available in a spray option if
needed. An oil based primer works great for this sort of restore task.
Once the primer has dried the table needs some basic finishing with
the light sandpaper before your final coat of paint is applied. Sanding
between layers leaves a professional quality finish to the final work, which is
a real pleasure to behold.
The final color coat is going to be applied 2-3 times and sanded with
the light sandpaper each time. Remember gloss finished are easier to keep clean
and although it seems like a lot of work, as said before a highly smooth and
even layer of paint looks SO much better!
Takes your time and remember all the good times this table given you
and you are giving just a little bit of care and lovingly restoration back to
this treasured item.
There are a few methods to paint, you can use a brush, roller or even
Leave the paint to dry for at least 24 hours and once the final layer
has completely dried you are ready to seal it. You can leave to completely
cure, anywhere between 7-28 days.
Sealing provides an extra layer of protection to the furniture,
letting it last it the good condition for a good long time.
Minwax Wipe-on Poly is recommended here because it is extremely easy
to use. A satin finish look is simply beautiful and only takes about half an
hour to dry.
Another option for white paint is finishing wax, simply apply and let
dry then your restoration is complete.