DIY table makeover–how to spray paint furniture

This is why I love the world of DIY blogging.

There is such a great network of people to learn from! When I was researching how to go about painting my table, I had so many options to choose from. I wanted something tried and true, so I went with the advice of Kate from Centsational Girl. If you’ve ever tried a DIY project, you know a lot of it is trial and error. It isn’t good to rush a project and I find that if you are doing a furniture makeover, especially involving spray paint,  it is best to do it in a garage with the door open and the conditions have to be right. Not too humid, not too windy, and not too hot! Our Mid-west heat wave put the kibosh on my table makeover. Now temperatures are more favorable so I went to work.

I went outside my box of white, black, and gray furniture and decided to add a colorful piece of accent furniture to our living room.

Remember me from last week?

This is how I did it:

The Supply List

Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Primer

Fine Grit Sanding Wedge

Lint free Cloths

2 cans of Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Paint in Navy Blue in Gloss

2 sponge brushes

Minwax water-based Polycrylic Clear Coat in Gloss

Step 1–Prime it!

Before I applied the primer, I removed the doors and all hardware. Then I cleaned the surfaces of the table and dusted it with a lint free cloth.

This primer covered really well, and I only had to do one coat. It took the whole can to prime this project, doors included.

Step 2:After the primer dries sand off any imperfections.

There wasn’t  much to sand for this, just a little imperfection on the side. Then I wiped it down with a lint free cloth.

3.  Paint it!

I used two light coats, and held the can about 12 inches from the surface. Make sure you use a back and forth motion and be even, especially with a dark color. This covered so well, that I could of gotten away with one coat.

Caution! WET PAINT!

4.  Protect It! I let this dry for 24 hrs. before applying the top coat.

This is water based and cleans up easy with soap and water. It can be applied over fully dry oil-based or water-based paints and stains. I went for the super glossy look!

I waited a full 24 hours before applying it to the table. I applied a 2nd coat to the doors and top since they will probably get the most wear. I also let it dry a full 24 hours before I used it.

The Result:

This turned out so well I had to play with it in my living room. It might just live there now!

Maybe something a little like this:

Remember that urn from my Goodwill trip on Tuesday? Well, he got a nice coat of white lacquer spray paint. The other items I had laying around the house.

I am so excited to paint that wall in the living room now! Oh, how lovely navy can be!

After the kids went to bed, I played a little. I even like the color at night by lamp light! I had some fun playing with different looks…I’m feeling a preppy vibe these days.

Happy DIY Monday!

xoxo- bliss.

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41 Comments on DIY table makeover–how to spray paint furniture

  1. Anna
    July 16, 2012 at 7:32 am (3 years ago)

    Looks awesome!

  2. pillowsalamode
    July 16, 2012 at 7:49 am (3 years ago)

    That is really lovely! I’m sure you get a huge smile every time you look at it! :)

    • thriftykristy
      July 16, 2012 at 7:56 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my gosh! I sure do! :) Thanks! Kristin

    • thriftykristy
      July 16, 2012 at 10:35 am (3 years ago)

      I’ve caught the color bug! :) Kristin

  3. Jeni Johnson
    July 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, it’s 752 Sicilian time, I’ve spent all day blue marien spray painting….now checking email and there you are with your awesome blue re-do. Looks fabulous!

    • thriftykristy
      July 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Get out! Great minds might must think alike :) Thanks, Jeni!

  4. daiseyjayne
    July 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m always amazed when I see a transformation like this, you’ve created a very chic piece and the color is stunning!

    • thriftykristy
      July 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, daiseyjayne :) Once you get the DIY fever you start looking at things a little differently. I have a house full of projects to tackle!

  5. Life & Sunshine
    July 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Paint is MAGIC in a can! nice job, its super cute!

    • thriftykristy
      July 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm (3 years ago)

      It is MAGIC! I am quickly becoming a spray paint addict! Thanks, Kristin :)

  6. busyomahamom
    July 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the color!! So cute!

    • thriftykristy
      July 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! I am into the blues right now :) Kristin

  7. clothmonkey
    July 17, 2012 at 2:06 am (3 years ago)

    Ah you did it! It’s gorgeous, looks just perfect :)

    • thriftykristy
      July 17, 2012 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks! :) I am getting a spray paint addiction, me thinks! Kristin

  8. thehomemademummy
    July 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks fantastic! I’m about to give our entertainment system a make over, and now I’m getting brave and thinking color!

    • thriftykristy
      July 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Do it, do it! It really does liven up a room and make it interesting! Thanks! xx Kristin

  9. Revival Girl
    July 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Wowsa…I love it! I know you were thinking to go green, but painting wood furniture blue reigns supreme…simply gorgeous.


    • thriftykristy
      July 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Angela! I love it too! Thanks for the kind words, Kristin

  10. greenlightlady
    July 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Ouch! I saw the cutest bedside table for $5.00 last week at the thrift store. I could have done what you did and it would have been awesome. *Thanks for the great idea.* ~Wendy

    • thriftykristy
      July 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it, maybe there is another diamond in the rough you can rescue. Thanks for reading :) Kristin

  11. greenlightlady
    July 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Oops! I left the wrong address on my prior post. Instead I put the name of my blog in – sorry about that… ~ Wendy

  12. RedCandy
    July 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks amazing!! I love how paint can completely transform a piece of furniture, a wall….or even a house! Too bad it’s so messy. I always make soooo much mess with paint. LOVE the navy.

    • thriftykristy
      July 19, 2012 at 8:13 am (3 years ago)

      Thank so much! I am a little paint obsessed!

  13. Rena
    August 15, 2012 at 7:51 am (3 years ago)

    Love it so much! I need to find a great table like that for my entryway.

    • thriftykristy
      August 15, 2012 at 7:54 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Rena! I recommend looking at thrift stores or craigslist first. You can find some gems there :) xoxo Kristin

  14. ArbitraryAmbrosia
    August 15, 2012 at 9:05 am (3 years ago)

    Ohhh Kristy, I love the makeover to this table! It looks fantastic. Great job. – Amber

    • thriftykristy
      August 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Amber :) I am quickly becoming a spray paint addict! xxx Kristin

  15. 2bigkids
    August 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm (3 years ago)

    LOVE IT!

  16. Tiina
    October 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m in love with this table. The color is perfect!

    • thriftykristy
      October 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm (3 years ago)

      It was my Grandma’s. It used to be a tv, but when I it was passed to me the tv was out. I love pieces that are unique :) Kristin

  17. Pat
    March 23, 2013 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

    Just found this and so happy I did! Great info for a novice painter. :) The navy is just stunning!

      March 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Pat! xo Kristin

  18. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    June 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE the color you chose, it’s gorgeous! I just stumbled upon your blog and am really enjoying reading your posts :)

      June 9, 2013 at 5:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I am glad to meet you Katie :) xo Kristin

  19. Augusta
    April 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi! This is beautiful! Did you sand the table before using the primer? I’m going to be painting some furniture soon, and I was planning on sanding it all before priming; is it necessary? Thanks!


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