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How to Paint a Coffee Table

It is right there in the middle of the room, and it can either pull the whole decorating scheme jointly or be a real eyesore if it’s beat old and up. You don’t have to go out and find a new coffee table to create your room appear together however. Almost any coffee table, even just a inexpensive wood veneer one, can be painted to complement your decor.

Sand all the places to be painted, including the legs, with a fine-grit sandpaper, such as 150 or 180. If the coffee table is unfinished, this will prepare the timber for painting. When it’s already been painted or contains a veneer, this will roughen it up just enough for the paint to stick.

Wipe the coffee table with a rag dipped in mild detergent to remove any dust straight from sanding, as well as any other dirt or grime, then wipe it again with a clean damp rag to remove any detergent residue. Dry it with a clean rag, or wait for it to dry.

Put a drop cloth in addition to a work table. Place the coffee table to the job table so that it’s at a comfortable height for working and you can easily reach under it to paint the legs.

Apply a thin coat of primer using a paintbrush, making sure to cover the top, sides and legs. Wait for the primer to dry (typically approximately four hours for water-based primer), lightly sand with a very fine grit sandpaper, such as 220 or 240, and rub the table with a rag. Apply a second coat of primer, then allow it to dry, lightly sand the table again and rub it down with a rag.

Brush a thin coat of paint over the table. Enable the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions (usually approximately four hours), gently sand with 220 or 240 sandpaper, wipe the table with a rag, then apply a second coat of paint and allow it to dry.

Sand away any drips or paint imperfections using 220 or 240 sandpaper. Sand gently and gradually so that you merely remove the imperfections. Should you accidentally sand away a lot of paint, touch up any damaged areas with a small paintbrush. For big drips, you may need a coarser grit sandpaper, such as 150 or 180. Wipe the table with a damp rag to remove any dust.

If you would like a finish that will resist water stains, then spray on a thin coat of clear coat polyurethane over the whole table, with long, even strokes.

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