Garage Sale Table Makeover

I found this table at a garage sale for $15 and it was love at first sight. I saw it and I immediately envisioned how I would paint it and distress it. I needed a table for out living room and this was perfect.

I cleaned it really well with soap and water and let it dry outside. Then I primed it using Zinsser BIN primer.

I let it cure for 24 hours. I painted it using some leftover paint that I had, that happened to be Rustoleum white semi gloss paint.
I then applied dark stain that I had from painting the bathroom cabinets, it comes in the Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformation Kit, but any kind of stain would do. I applied a generous amount using a brush and then I wiped it off using a cheesecloth.
I let it dry and then I distressed it using a fine grit sandpaper. I cleaned it good and applied two coats of Policrylyc, sanding and cleaning in between coats. I actually let it cure in the garage for a week before bringing it inside and decorating it on top. One tip: if you don’t know whether to use Polyurethane or Policrylic keep in mind that Polyurethane yellows over time if the surface is white…I found out the hard way! So I use Polyurethane for surfaces that are painted with dark colors. If I use chalk paint, wax is the best.

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