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Refinishing A Boring Table With Paint


If you have an old table that is looking worn out or just needs a refresh, try painting it. I had this table that I bought years ago. The table is a great size and in pretty good condition and I thought it would be perfect to use as a gift wrap table in our new work area we are creating for our baby gift business, Alpha Zulu Baby. The wood tone, however, did not match our color scheme so I decided to paint it.

I started by sanding the table

I used my small orbital sander for this. You need to sand off the shiny layer so that the paint has something to grab onto. I sanded the top, the sides and the legs.

After sanding, you will need to make sure you wipe off all of the dust. You can use a damp towel or a tacky cloth to do this. If you use a damp cloth, make sure you let your table dry before painting.

Once my table was clean, I started painting. I used a semi-gloss paint with a primer in it. We chose the color to match the green containers we use to store our inventory for our Monthly Preggie Packs.

I applied the paint with a brush specified for flat surfaces. I ended up painting the top of the table with 3 coats and the sides and legs only needed 2 coats of paint. I allowed about 2 hours between coats

After the paint completely dries, you need to add polyurethane or some other protectant to the top or you pain will just scrap off. We are using this table primarily for gift wrapping so we decided to add a rubber table mat so that we would not damage our table with scissors or the heavy rolls of gift wrap. I ordered the rubber mat slightly larger than the table and used a utility knife to cut it to size.

Alpha Zulu Baby Gift Wrap Table

To make the table even more functional, I added wheels and these Sunnersta storage systems from Ikea. Now I have everything where I need it, even if we need to move the table to the other side of the room.

I am really excited to wrap our next order.

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