Giving your dining room table a much-needed make over

Removing the old surface finish

Removing the old surface
finish

There is nothing more rewarding than revamping a piece of furniture covered by a drab, outdated, and damaged painted décor, especially when you can already envision its new appearance.

It is also pleasing to give a solid piece of furniture a second life, instead of contributing further to our world’s growing trash problem.

I started by removing the layers of paint on this table with paint remover and a spatula, then I sanded its surface.

Anatomy of a makeover finish

Anatomy of a makeover finish

I applied a little bit of compound to even up the surface, sanded it again, and laid one coat of primer followed by two basecoats.

I drew the design freehand and started painting the main lines. I then developed the pattern adding details and colors.

Drawing the broad lines of the new surface design

Drawing the broad lines of the new surface design

I used off white as a base color, followed by bronze and blue/grey/green for accents, to lighten up the shape of the furniture. One single color all over the table would make it too stocky: you need the accents to “sculpt” the furniture.

New decor painted on top of the table

New decor painted on top of the table

Once the décor was completed, I lightly sanded it to soften its lines and applied 4 layers of acrylic varnish to protect its surface.

Details of the table top decor

Details of the table top decor

 

Lightly sanded butter cup flower detail

Lightly sanded butter cup flower detail

 

 

 

 

Table in situ

Table in situ

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