Monday, March 22, 2010
Pedestal Table FAQ
Here are some FAQ's and tips on how I painted my kitchen table!
How did you prepare the table for painting?
-I sanded the top until it was down to the bare wood. I used a mouse sander with 80 grit sand paper first to get the bulk of the work done, then I followed it with 120 grit sandpaper (sanded by hand) to give it a smooth look. Always sand with the grain!
As for the pedestal, I did nothing to it...maybe I should have sanded it a little. But it didn't have much of a finish on it, and it appears to have taken the paint very well. I used Valspar's Honeymilk in a satin finish.
Can you give me any tips on the pedastal as well as the top?
- I painted the pedestal first. It was very easy to paint - I just flipped it upside down. I used a medium size brush and painted three coats. I gave the top two coats of stain. I started with a rag, but in the end decided that a brush works best. The can of stain usually has pretty good instructions on staining! I let the stain dry for 24 hours before applying polycrylic in satin. I LOVE that stuff. It's soo much better than polyurethane. I had a high gloss polyurethane the first time I stained the table and it was really hard to keep clean. I just didn't feel like it looked good.
What did you do with your chairs?
Nothing! Yet. I am having a hard time deciding what to do with them. They are currently painted white (but they don't match the pedestal). So, I am either going to paint them Honeymilk, paint them a fun color (like turquoise), or get new chairs (either vintage or really modern).
Decisions... = /
Any ideas or opinions?
Posted by Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife at 3:05 PM