Pedestal Table face-lift

11:05 PM

Can you believe we're already in the second week of November?  How does the time fly by so quickly? Typically this time of year, the cold weather has driven me to play Christmas songs almost non-stop.  Yes, I know some people think that you shouldn't play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but to be honest, I'm not a big fan of turkey or mashed potatoes, so I get ready for Christmas early.  (Sometimes as early as August, but you didn't hear that from  me.)  Since I don't have the cold to keep me holed up inside baking, I'm trying to get some of the bigger/outside projects done.

Remember this old thing?  Definitely beat up and ugly, but full of potential.  Battling sporadic rainy weather, I finally finished the table.

I decided that a pop of yellow would be perfect in this corner of the kitchen, so I went to the paint store looking for a good yellow for the base of the table.  Here's a tip - when you're looking for paint (especially when matching specific colors isn't a big deal), check out the "mis-tints" at the store.  If a color is mixed wrong (i.e. not the intended color), they sell it at a discounted price!  I found the perfect yellow semi-gloss in the mis-tints... for only $4.00!

My sister-in-law turned me on to this nifty little device.  If you're doing a lot of spray-painting, this is a life saver... or at least a finger saver!  As for the primer, I found this down at the paint store as well.  Good or bad, it did the trick - I didn't have to sand anything before I painted. 

I patched any little holes and dings in the top of the table with a fast-drying wood filler.

Then I used the spray-on primer to coat the top and the base.  (It ended up taking about 2 1/2 cans.)

I did two coats of the primer to make sure I covered all of the brown.  Here's a tip (especially with something with bumps and ridges, like this table base - paint one coat with it right-side-up, then turn it up-side-down to paint the second coat.  This ensures that you don't miss any little spots. 

Once the primer was dry, I painted two coats of the yellow on the base.

For the table top, I used a light cream color, also in a semi-gloss.  For the second coat, I actually poured the paint directly onto the table top.  This gave me an extra thick coat of paint and helped to smooth out any brush strokes. 

Once the paint was dry, I went around the edges with a gold leafing pen to add some detail reminiscent of an old china teacup. 

For the finishing touch, I went over the table with a few coats of polyurethane sealer.  Now we don't have to worry about scratches (or marks from little toy cars that will inevitably drive across the table).

PS - sorry the pictures aren't better!  :)

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