Mike and I have lived in our home since 2009, and we’re finally in the process of redecorating our home. This doesn’t mean we want to spend a bunch of money doing so either. So, I’m doing some DIY projects to freshen up some furniture we already have to fit in with the new look we envision for our home.
To begin Operation Get Our House Together, we decided to do a gray and navy theme in our living and dining rooms. Since we had ridiculously large furniture which made each of our rooms look super small, we had to toss some large pieces and do some rearranging to open up our space.
As a result, we had to do something with the chocolate sofa table that was apart of our three year old old living room set from Value City. I decided to move it to the dining room to replace this large buffet we just got rid of. After stalking Pinterest for ideas, I thought it would be cute to make it a DIY project and paint the sofa table navy blue since the rest of our wood furniture is chocolate. You know, do something a little different.
After doing some research on the type of paint I should to use to paint furniture, I decided on General Finishes Milk Paint thanks to this paint comparison post from Refresh Living blog. What I got most from this post is with this brand of acrylic paint, I didn’t have to prime the table before applying the paint, the paint dried really fast, and the paint settled well enough to give a smooth, professional finish. It sounded like a winner to me.
I also purchased the following items to help me prepare for this project:
- Denatured Alcohol – to clean the table and remove the shine from the wood finish
- 3M 220 Fine Grit Sanding Sponge – to scuff up the finish for better adhesion
- Bristle Paint Brush
To prep the sofa table for painting, I mixed the denatured alcohol and water at a 50:50 ratio and used a clean rag to wipe down the table. Once the table dried, which didn’t take that long, I sanded the entire table with the sanding sponge. Luckily, the table was in excellent condition, so there was no need to smooth down any scratches or cracks. I basically sanded to further remove the shine from the table’s finish, allowing the acrylic paint to adhere well to the table.
After wiping the dust off with a simple clean rag, although after doing some other DIY projects, I’d recommend using a tack cloth, the painting began! There wasn’t any need to use hella paint to cover the table. I used thin layers of paint for each of the two coats to cover the entire sofa table, including the three drawers. Yes, I only used two coats of paint! It may have taken me about 40-50 mins to apply each coat, and that was due to the detail of the back and sides of the table.
I also replaced the original knobs on the drawers with some brassy gold knobs from Home Depot that were about $1.50 each. I waited a day to apply three coats of the High Performance Flat Top Coat to the top of the sofa table. I waited about 2 hours before reapplying a new coat.
And voila! I have a sexy new table for my dining room! I absolutely LOVE how the paint settled. It has a really nice matte-like finish, and definitely doesn’t look like it came from Value City! The top coat did add a little sheen finish to the top of the table, but it’s not overwhelming. I’d rather have the top of the table protected since I’ll be sitting decorative items on top.
Overall, this DIY project didn’t take much time to complete, and I ended up getting a new gorgeous piece in my home just by changing the look a bit. I’m in love!
Check out the process below!
Stay tuned for some of my other home DIY projects I’ve been working on!