Hi there, awesome Friends, and Happy Independence Day to my friends here in the United States!
I appreciate you guys SO much and how supportive ya’ll have been about me replaying some old favorites around here, to be able to spend more quality time with my boys while they’re out for the Summer.
We have really been enjoying ourselves, but guess what Jack and I did last week? We went thrifting and picked out a couple of new pieces to work on! It’s hard to get completely away from it I guess, but he was looking to make a little money and I have to admit, I missed having a paint brush in my hand. I loved having Jack out there with me again though!
I will share one of those new makeovers on Thursday. 🙂
Today I am bringing another favorite out of the vault. I originally shared it around Halloween time, but it is much better suited for the Summer!
I spied this set at the thrift store a couple of Summers ago:
Anyone remember this one? Wasn’t it gorgeous before? No it certainly was not, but I shared it on my Facebook page when I found it and together we decided I should get it anyway. Although the top is laminate, the chairs are solid wood 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.
But after letting it sit in my garage for the better part of a year, I finally gave it the cottage-inspired makeover I had imagined it could be:
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.) I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used. Read my full disclosure here.
How to Paint a Laminate Kitchen Table
Sand the Surface
To paint a laminate table top, first you need to sand the surface.
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” in a satin finish 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, so spray paint to the rescue! 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.
What do you think about a two-toned table and chairs? I kind of love it.
I hope you enjoyed this look back at this cute set!
I’ll be back on Thursday with a brand new makeover…this sofa table I picked up for at the thrift store recently:
Till then, I wish everyone a safe and fun Holiday!! 😀
UPDATE: See how this sofa table looks now HERE!
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