I bought this table at a garage sale for $5. My son used it at college by his bed for his computer and remote controls. It was perfect with the little compartment on top. He is newly married and wanted the table, but their colors are red and black. SO, I set out to paint the table for them, but I really don’t like stripping or sanding!
I thought I would try this technique, and I was a little worried, but I love the results.
This is what I used:
- Zinsser Cover Stain Primer Stain Blocker – Bond Coat
- Benjamin Moore Advance Paint (water based oil paint)
- Mini Paint Roller
- Cheap Foam Brushes
Start by cleaning your furniture if needed. My table was clean so I just wiped it really well with a wet cloth. If it is greasy or grimy, use Liquid T.S.P. Cleaner/Degreaser.
After clean and dry, paint the Zinsser Cover Stain Primer on it. I did two coats with one hour of dry time in between.
After that is dry, it’s time for paint. Benjamin Moore has a new paint that is oil based so you get the smooth finish, yet cleans up with soap and water. It’s a little expensive, but think of the time I have saved not stripping the finish off!
It seemed way too pink when I opened it, but I knew it would dry darker. I just had to wait to see.
I started on the bottom side using the foam brush in the corners and hard to reach places. Then I used the mini roller to get the flat surfaces, being careful to not leave marks or drips.
I rolled and kept rolling and rolling until the was completely smooth. A little paint goes a long way.
The downfall to this paint is that it requires four hours in between coats and 16 hours before using the table.
I gave it three coats, but you may be able to cover your piece in less. Wash the sponge brush in between coats, however put the roller in a plastic bag so you don’t have to keep cleaning it. I didn’t clean it until I was done.
I didn’t apply polyurethane or any sealer as this being an oil base paint, it is not supposed to be necessary.
Again, I DID NOT sand or strip the finish before painting!