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Painting an Old Table to Look Like New

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I have a dining room table that I received for free. It was very scuffed and stained so I always used it with a table cloth.  Recently I painted it a cream color.

This is what it looked like before.

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I used Zinsser primer (~$10/quart) because the back of the can said it was suitable for glossy surfaces.

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I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch (~$9/quart) as the surface paint because there was a picture of furniture on the front of the can, and figured it was okay for furniture. I put in a few squirts of mustard-colored craft paint to make the paint more cream-colored. Yes, you can mix latex and acrylic paint!

I used only about half of each can so there’s enough for another project.

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Originally I was going to use a stencil to make damask patterns on the table but then decided it was rather busy-looking. Instead I painted some little gingko leaves using green paint I already had on hand.

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I also spent about $10 on a pack of painting tools from Home Depot and $4 for a sanding sponge that I barely used.

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It was a few hours of work but much cheaper than buying a new table!

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About freshfrippery

Blog @ freshfrippery.com. Instagram @freshfrippery. I believe costuming is about helping others so I post tutorials when I can. I am happy to provide all patterns and tutorials for for free on my blog. It is absolutely optional, but if you would like to donate towards my domain registration and the data costs of hosting the many photos on my site, consider buying me a “coffee”: https://ko-fi.com/freshfrippery. Thank you!

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