Hello lovely friends! I’m so excited to be getting started on my brand new haul…The Biggest Thrifty Haul of them all! Today, I’m starting with this table to show you how to paint a kitchen table!
I scored this awesome drop leaf kitchen table for $15 at the thrift store:
Deal, right?? Especially with good furniture being hard to find these days at thrift stores. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I’m also sharing two more things from my new haul!
What I was most excited about when finding this sweet table was the fact that I had these chairs that I knew would go perfectly with it:
This table is the perfect size for an eat-in kitchen. Let’s get painting!
The only prep your table should need when using chalk-mineral paint is a thorough cleaning. I used White Lightning for this since it is not only a fantastic cleaner, but also a deglosser:
I mixed one TBSP with half a gallon of hot water and used a kitchen sponge to clean the surfaces of all three pieces. This table didn’t seem that dirty, but look at that water! I switched out the dirty water for clean water and gave everything a quick rinse. You’ll want to wear gloves to protect your hands.
Then I started with paint. I gave the table a coat of Fluff:
I like to start tables that are drop leaf like this one by painting the underside and legs first. (I will paint, sand, and seal before flipping it upright and painting the top.)
This is not a necessary step at all…just quicker than painting the whole thing by hand. Then they only needed one coat of Fluff!
If your table is older cherry or mahogany, you may have issues with bleed-through. I ended up having a couple of areas that bled-though, like on the legs in a few areas where the original finish was worn away:
And also on the underside of the table in a couple of places:
I needed to remedy that situation!
I did not anticipate that this piece would be a bleeder or I would have started with a coat of BOSS in white. (It is also available in a clear formula and coming soon is a gray version!) However, it is never too late to to apply BOSS to save the day from the dreaded bleed-through!
You can spot “prime” with it in just the areas where you see the tannins coming through if you like, or in this case, I just gave the whole thing one coat:
I let it sit overnight. Allowing proper dry time is key.
Then I applied another coat of Fluff the following day.
No more bleed-through!
Although there is no need to sand your pieces prior to painting, you will want to lightly sand all over after the final coat of paint is dry.
I sanded both the table and chairs with 220 grit sandpaper that I wrapped around an old sanding sponge to make it easier to handle:
Sanding will give your pieces a super smooth and buttery soft finish. Be sure to wear a mask when you sand so you don’t breathe in all those dust particles.
I cleaned up the dust with my shop vac, and they were ready to be sealed.
The final step to painting your kitchen table is sealing the paint finish.
Since this will be in a kitchen, I gave everything two coats, allowing them to dry in between coats.
Are you ready to see how the set looks now?
Much more updated!
But I thought there were only two chairs?
There were only two, but I shared this cute set previously…
And I priced each piece separately. The table sold almost right away, and that left me with two stray chairs in my booth.
You can imagine how excited I was to find the round table so that I could match all four chairs to it!
And that is the reason I chose Fluff for this set, to match the two existing chairs!
Of course, ya’ll know I love Fluff anyway. It almost always covers in two coats, and you may remember I painted our bedroom set in Fluff almost a year ago and it still looks as fresh as the day I finished it!
The seat cushions were recovered in the same ticking stripe as the first two:
Originally, two of these chairs already had blue and white ticking from my old old kitchen when these chairs still belonged to me. I had a blue and yellow kitchen back then and I had done the other two chairs in a yellow and blue check. My friend eventually bought them from me. Then, sometime early in the year, I believe (I’ve seriously lost all track of time!), she offered them back to me. Of course I said yes!
Ticking is so timeless and I just love the cottage feel of it!
These small blue saucers had been marked down twice to only 15¢ when I found them several years ago at a thrift store and I never use them. I love them so much though, so it was fun to pull them out.
And that’s how you paint a kitchen table!
And that is two projects done!
Many more to go!!
I’ll be back with this rocker:
See ya then!
UPDATE! No need to come back! See how this sweet rocker looks now HERE!
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