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Quick Table Turnaround

A quick paint job completely transforms this table

I recently took two stools and turned them from a mismatched mess into a beautiful pair that my friend, Tammy, is proud to pull up to her bar. We started talking about her kitchen table and how to make it feel like it blended more with her kitchen vibe and the new stools.

That table is oval, heavy, sturdy, and unfortunately, covered with laminate on the top. I knew it would take awhile to remove that and based on what could be underneath the laminate, she could be without a table for an extended period. She had been eyeing a round table that I had in inventory for a while, but the color on the base of the table was not right for her kitchen.

Color is never an issue and so easy to change, so we decided to switch tables! Painting the base of the round table would be much easier than the extended work needed for the oval table.

As you can see, in one of my eclectic, bohemian feeling days, I painted the base of this round pedestal table a striking bold blue color. I actually loved it a lot but found a larger round pedestal table and put this one in my shop to transform one day.

That day has arrived!

If you’ll recall, Tammy’s stools were painted a cool minty green with wood accents at the top and bottom of the stool. They also had stained rush seats:

We wanted the table to work with both the stools and her wood, rush seated chairs, so I used the same green on the base of the table. Because I wasn’t going to stain that part, I did a simple scuff sand on the base to prepare it for spray painting.

I turned the table upside down and covered the table top portion with plastic, using my favorite Frog tape to secure it. From there, I mixed the same green and white paint from the stool episode.

Using my spray painter, it took less than 15 minutes for the first pass. I let it dry for 4 hours, then did a second coat.

To add some dimension, I used dark wax on the finished pedestal also.

The wood top of the table was very blonde and that was especially evident after painting and waxing the pedestal. To bring the wood rush chairs together with the table, I did two coats of stain on the top. It darkened it just enough to blend with her wood chairs.

Both the bottom and top were polyurethaned to keep the color and stain preserved for a long while.

I think the table turned out well especially for a half day project!

Be sure to come back and watch how I remove the laminate from the original oval table…


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