How To Paint A Coffee Table

How To Paint A Coffee Table

Remove Old Paint If you are working with a coffee table that has an existing layer of paint, you should first remove the old paint to expose the wood below. This eliminates high/low points where the old paint has chipped off, leaving “voids” with no paint. In addition, new paint and primer adhere better to the raw wood than to an older, dried out, cracked and dirty layer of paint. A putty knife is the weapon of choice to peel away layers of existing paint, but a wire brush also comes in handy. For best results, use a paint stripper along with your putty knife. Soak the existing paint with the solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions to soften the paint for removal. If you need to use a paint stripper, make sure to ventilate the room or work in an outdoor setting to avoid inhaling fumes. If the existing paint is in good condition, you may paint directly over it, provided you sand it and use primer first.
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How To Paint A Coffee Table

If you are working with a coffee table that has an existing layer of paint, you should first remove the old paint to expose the wood below. This eliminates high/low points where the old paint has chipped off, leaving “voids” with no paint. In addition, new paint and primer adhere better to the raw wood than to an older, dried out, cracked and dirty layer of paint. A putty knife is the weapon of choice to peel away layers of existing paint, but a wire brush also comes in handy. For best results, use a paint stripper along with your putty knife. Soak the existing paint with the solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions to soften the paint for removal. If you need to use a paint stripper, make sure to ventilate the room or work in an outdoor setting to avoid inhaling fumes. If the existing paint is in good condition, you may paint directly over it, provided you sand it and use primer first.
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How To Paint A Coffee Table

Although primer isn’t necessarily required on wood coffee tables where you apply paint straightaway, non-wood surfaces must first be primed so that the paint adheres properly. Primer is applied just as paint is: with a sprayer, roller or paint brush, based on personal preference. For best results, use a primer made by the same manufacturer as the paint you choose for your table. Always use a type of paint designed for the material of your coffee table, such as wood, plastic or metal.
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How To Paint A Coffee Table

Prime the Surface Although primer isn’t necessarily required on wood coffee tables where you apply paint straightaway, non-wood surfaces must first be primed so that the paint adheres properly. Primer is applied just as paint is: with a sprayer, roller or paint brush, based on personal preference. For best results, use a primer made by the same manufacturer as the paint you choose for your table. Always use a type of paint designed for the material of your coffee table, such as wood, plastic or metal.
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How To Paint A Coffee Table

Although some people prefer the old-fashioned look and feel of a used, worn-out old coffee table, others prefer to keep that freshly-painted and brand-new look. Over time, all coffee tables suffer wear and tear that breaks down the finish and paint or stain. If you want to spruce up your coffee table it’s a simple matter of refinishing the surface and applying your favorite color to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture.
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How To Paint A Coffee Table

A coffee table ties together a sitting or living room by providing space for magazines or your morning cup of coffee, and a focal point for a floral display. These tables come in a variety of materials including wood, metal and synthetic materials. If you have an old coffee table or one you simply want to change the appearance of, a new coat of paint can provide the fresh new look.
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How To Paint A Coffee Table

Sanding the Table We used 150-grit sandpaper on a palm sander, but it could be done by hand with some elbow grease. Lightly sand the entire table and legs. Lightly Sand Table Lightly sand the entire table and legs. You do not need to remove all the finish; in fact, it’s better just to smooth out the surface layer. Sanded Coffee Table This is how your sanded table should look. Do not try to get to bare wood; you will use less primer if you don’t. The goal is to get a smooth surface so that the paint will adhere nicely.
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How To Paint A Coffee Table

You would typically spray paint metal furniture with metallic paint. This specially formulated paint contains substances that coat the metal evenly and prevent rust. Before you apply the metal paint, look at the surface of the table. If the table is galvanized metal, it has an oily coating you need to remove to ensure the new coat of paint adheres well. Wiping the surface with lacquer thinner takes care of the galvanized coating. Once gone, you are ready to prime and paint.
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The long lasting, tough finish may be worth the extra time and effort you will expend by using an oil-based paint to paint your wood coffee table. This paint takes more time to apply due to its thickness, along with a longer drying time. The bright side to using oil-based paint is the luster it gives a wood piece of furniture. Oil-based wood stains provide a darkened, natural look while adding a protective coating over the wood.
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Water-based paints include semi-gloss and acrylic paints. These paints are suitable for wood and synthetic furniture. This paint provides the kind of durable and easy-to-clean surface you expect from a piece of furniture you use often, such as a coffee table. You need to apply thin coats of paint in the direction of the grain on a wood table to provide a smooth finish. Always paint in the same direction whether dealing with wood, plastic or laminate surfaces to provide the most professional appearance.
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Before you apply a fresh coat of paint to any wood, plastic, metal or laminate product, you need to prime the surface. Paint primer provides a base for the final paint color that covers any markings on the surface and old paint present. It also makes the surface better able to soak up the paint and helps the paint to stay on the surface for a long lasting finish. Oil-based primers are fine for oil-based paints and water-based paints. Use a metallic primer for metal furniture.