I am so excited about today’s DIY project. Since starting the blog and coming up fun craft ideas on a daily basis, I haven’t had as much time for bigger projects like painting furniture. But I was when out thrifting a few weeks ago, I found this $20 mid century inspired double top side table and just had to get it. After a bit of paint I have a colorful new table for my upstairs landing area.
While you may not find a table just like this on your next thrifting adventure, the process can be applied to any piece of furniture you find. So follow along for the details on how to paint your own piece.
- Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus Spray Primer, White
- White Gloss spray paint
- Bulls Eye Clear Shellac Spray
- Latex Paint in your choice of two colors (I used a light sea foam color and a light blue color that I custom mixed using colors I had on hand)
- Gold spray paint
- painter’s tape and an angled paint brush
The beauty of using the spray primer is that it eliminates the need to sand the piece before painting it. And it even works on laminate furniture like the one I got. So begin by cleaning the table with a damp rag to get rid of dust and dirt. Then spray the entire thing with the Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer. Let dry then come back and spray the sides, and legs with the white gloss spray paint. Let dry for at least an hour.
Once the spray paint is dry, use your angled brush to paint the top of the table with your latex paint. Let dry for another hour and then come back and spray the tops with the clear gloss shellac to protect the surface from dings and scratches. You may want to do two coats of the shellac for added protection.
Now you need to leave the table to dry for a few days to really let the shellac cure and harden. Once the shellac has cured, flip the table over and tape off the bottoms of the legs and spray paint just the ends with your gold spray paint. Remove the tape and let dry for another hour or so.
Now you are ready to use your table!
As I mentioned, this process is pretty much the same for any piece of furniture you are repainting. Just spray with the primer, paint with either spray paint or latex paint, and then seal with the shellac spray. They also have paint on shellac, but I prefer the look and ease of the spray shellac.
I am loving how this space is coming together. I think all I need now is to DIY an awesome light fixture and I can call it done. Have you all ever painted furniture? Do you have another method that you prefer? If so, I would love to hear it!