I am SO EXCITED about this makeover!! I have been wanting to refinish this drafting table for a long time. When DecoArt asked if I would be interested in trying out their Satin Enamels (which are best for walls, cabinets, furniture & small decor), I jumped at the chance to turn this functional but not-so-pretty piece into a sleek & classic beauty!
Here's what I started with:
I did a little sanding, so years of paint drips and blobs wouldn't be so raised & noticeable. Here's everything else I needed:
Step 1: Mix Your Paint!
Shake & stir your paint to ensure even color coverage.
Step 2: Flip your Furniture
This is one of the best pieces of advice I ever received from a professional furniture painter. When a piece is upside down you can easily access all the little crevices that are tough to reach. It also makes it a million times easier to paint the legs!
The DecoArt Americana DECOR Satin Enamel paint covered so well, this table only needed two coats!
After I finished the underbelly of the table, I flipped it and got started on the main surface:
Here's how it looked after just one coat:
Step 3: Flip it Back & Add a Second Coat
The second coat made all the difference! Just be sure to wait until the first coat is fully dry before you start the second. It sounds like a no-brainer, but in the moment (if you're anything like me), you'll be tempted to finish the piece faster than the paint will allow. This is when clumpyness happens. You don't want clumps of paint on your furniture! Be patient, you'll actually save yourself time by waiting between coats!
*Optional* Step 4: Add a Protective Coating
This is totally optional. Since this is my art table, I know I'll be getting paint, graphite, and all kinds of messes on this that I'll want to clean off. To make for easy clean up, I added a coat of DecoArt American DECOR Light Satin Varnish on the main surface of the table, plus front legs.
And that's it!! Easy, right?
Interested in snagging a jar of your own Americana Decor Satin Enamel Paint? While I used Charcoal Gray, there's a ton of other color options, all listed HERE! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out! Comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org :) I love seeing your before & afters!
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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