Hi there, awesome Friends! I am so excited about today’s post! If you follow along with me on Facebook, you might remember this little kitchen set I spied at the thrift store over the Summer:
Gorgeous? No it certainly is not, but together we decided I should get it anyway. Although the top is laminate, the chairs are solid and the whole set was only a mere $45! It was originally $89, but all furniture was half off that day so I just had to bring it home.
I love anything cottage-inspired and I imagined this in a quaint little seaside cottage.
Can you picture it?
It’s not easy, I know.
Well I finally pulled it out of my garage and dusted it off.
And now it looks like this:
Can you believe this is the same set?? I knew it could be so much more if only given the chance.
I brought it into my kitchen to take pictures, and I didn’t want to take it out.
It was just so darned cute! I had fun setting it with some of my favorite dishes.
These ironstone plates are from Pier one and we use these everyday. The little blue starfish plates came from Homegoods years ago…
Got a laminate table you want to paint? I’ll show you how! (This method will also work for a solid wood table.)
How to Paint a Laminate Kitchen Table
Sand the Surface
To paint a laminate table top, first you need to sand the surface.
The purpose of sanding is to dull the surface as much as possible to give the primer something to grab onto. I used my rotary sander and 220 grit sandpaper.
After sanding, clean the surface free of debris. I used my shop vac with a brush attachment and followed up with a soft clean cloth.
The next step is priming.
I chose Rustoleum’s spray primer:
I hit the legs while I was at it. I cleaned them, but didn’t bother to sand first.
Time for paint. I chose latex paint for this project. I usually love chalk paint, but for something that will need to withstand spills and possible fork stabbings, I wanted something super durable.
I used an HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams paint (no affiliation) that I found at Lowes.
This color is “Watery” and I absolutely love it! I usually use Behr paint from the Home Depot, but we had a Lowe’s coupon to use. I was really pleased with how this paint went on and covered.
I used two coats applied with my good ole purdy brush, but the coverage after just one coat was fantastic. Priming first over the dark probably helped with that. You could also use a roller to apply the paint, I’m just used to grabbing a brush.
Finally to keep this table beautiful and make it as durable as possible, I used Minwax Polycrylic to seal the top.
To apply it, I used a brush specially designed for polyurethane by Wooster. The brush makes all the difference. If you use a regular brush like a brush you would paint with, you will get a ton of brush marks in your finish. (Trust me on this one.)
I applied one coat and let it dry over night, then lightly hand-sanded with 320 grit sandpaper in the direction of my brush strokes, cleaned the surface, and added another coat. I repeated that process, sanding even more lightly the second time. Your surface should be ready for light use 24 hours after your 3rd coat. I did three coats because this piece will need to withstand some abuse. If I were painting a bedside table, I might not even seal it at all.
I cheated and spray painted the chairs, giving them a coat of Rustoleum’s spray primer first. I did not sand the chairs, just cleaned them first. (Don’t mind my Halloween display in the background!)
I was not looking forward to hand-painting all those spindles. I used three cans of primer and four cans of spray paint for the chairs, which ran about $40, but so worth it, especially since I got such a steal on this set.
I still sanded the raised areas here and there after for a little bit of a worn feel.
I hope you love the transformation as much as I do.
But wait, there’s more!
Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, so I’ve got four more fabulous thrifty makeovers for you from my fellow cheapskate blogging buddies today!
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