DIY Painted Red Table in 2 Coats!

This table has such amazing lines.  It was given to me by some friends who were downsizing.  I almost didn’t want to paint it because it was hand made years ago back as a high school wood working project.  After I thought about it long and hard, I decided on some paint.  I wanted a dramatic colour, but was undecided between red, blue, yellow or black.  So I asked you!  And by very popular vote, red was that winner.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wood Table
  • Oder-less Oil Primer
  • Colour Sample from Benjamin Moore
  • Roller
  • Brush
  • Sand Paper
  • Stays Clear clear coat

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As you can see, it was pretty beat up.  I had to lightly sand the entire table with a 120 grit sanding sponge to get it all nice and smooth.  When that was all done, I wanted to prime the whole table.  I used an oil based primer for this for a couple of different reasons;  First there was a large felt pen stain on the top that I couldn’t just wash out, and two I didn’t want the tannin’s of the wood to seep through the paint and dis-colour it.

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Whenever I have to use an oil based primer, I like to use Insl-X Odor-less primer.  It still smells, but not nearly as harsh as a regular oil based primer.

After the primer was dry, I lightly sanded the entire surface to give it a very smooth finish.

Now I was ready to paint the RED!  HC-181 Heritage Red from Benjamin Moore to be exact.

I used a brush and a roller combination for the whole table.  And in between coats, I would just wrap the brush and roller in a ziplock bag!  Make sure you squeeze out as much air as possible, then you can keep like this for days and days!

Because it was a smaller table that I was working on, I opted to go for Benjamin Moore’s pint size colour samples.  I had already primed it properly, so I could use this kind of paint.  I would just have to put the right clear coat over top for the most protection!

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While I was painting the table, my daughter was painting her own artwork!

OK… I’ll be honest… I was painting… she came along and touched wet red paint and got it EVERYWHERE!  So I got her all set up to paint her own project 😀

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After the first coat I was in love!   It was turning out amazing!  And even though it was a bright colour, I only had to do 2 coats!  Man I love Benjamin Moore paint for that!

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When the two coats were fully dry, I applied two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Stays Clear in the Low Luster finish.  This stuff is meant for floors!  So you know it’s going to protect your furniture!

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Look at how amazing it looks!  Please ignore the massive dent in my wall that I’ve been procrastinating fixing 😉

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I just love this little table!  What a cute plant stand, night stand or side table!  But it didn’t quite fit my decor.  So I decided to host a contest!  If you want to get in on my contests, then like my Facebook page for your chance!

Here is the table in it’s new home!  A Councillor from the township of Langley B.C. won it and it looks adorable in her bedroom!

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