Painting a wooden table


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Old 05-27-06, 11:27 PM
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Painting a wooden table

Hi,
I intended to paint my small wooden foldable table that I bought rom Ikea last year. (This is my first painting project). I'm thinking of using sky blue / light green paint. Can anyone suggest what kind of paint should I use? And, how do I make the end result look rustic?

Appreciate your help. Thanx!
 
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Old 05-28-06, 11:42 AM
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What type of finish [if any] is on the table now?
Raw wood needs primer to seal the wood, different finishes may require primer for the paint to bond.
 
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Old 05-31-06, 10:53 PM
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marksr,
The wood is unfinished. I googled up 'primer seal wood' and found out quite good articles. I'm gonna read them up. Anyway, is this the correct step:
1. sand the wood
2. apply primer
3. apply paint
4. make it look rustic (hmm, sand again?)
 
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Old 06-01-06, 04:12 AM
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You also want to sand the primer when it dries. I'm not sure what you want as far as rustic but sanding the finish paint [mostly on edges] will give an old worn look.
 
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For the worn look you can paint the table with another color first, it does not have to be perfect, let it dry sand then put your finish color on. Also don't make the finsh color perfect, also some of the first color to show through especially on the corners etc.
 
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Old 06-26-06, 10:06 PM
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Hi,
I hope it's not too late.
I just want to report that I managed to get that distressed look (though not perfectly distressed). Here's the steps:
1. sand the wooden table
2. apply primer and wait till it dries
3. sand the primed table
4. apply paint shabbily (I use dark blue paint) and wait till it dries
5. lightly sand the painted table
6. apply a second coat of paint shabbily (I use white paint) and wait till it dries
7. sand the corners of the table shabbily.

There you go!
One last question:
How do I make a 'cup ring' on the table?
 
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Old 08-11-06, 12:26 PM
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"Cup Rings
Old table tops typically suffer from cup rings. These are caused by mugs of steaming-hot coffee being placed onto the wood, or by a film of alcohol on the underside of a beer glass. To replicate such a mark, fill a round-based metal container (such as a canned food tin) with hot water and wet its underside. Leave this on the wooden surface for about ten minutes to produce a dark ring."

I got this from a great site: http://www.antiquerestorers.com/Articles/FURNITURE_ARTICLES.htm
there is a lot of info on here about furniture restoring and finishes.
-kate
 
 

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