How to paint an old kitchen table, giving it a new look.

by Valerie

I just got a kitchen table, new to me, but not new.

I would like to paint the tile on it, to update it, but I don't think it's real tile. Is it possible to paint ceramic coated wood?

If so, how do I do this?

Hi Valerie,

There's not much that can't be painted.

As far as your table goes, it looks like it has a crack in it and the crack does resemble a ceramic tile crack. I could be wrong of course.

Even so, here's the process for painting your table:

1.) Make sure the table is very clean. You might want to wash it with TSP (trisodium phosphate).

2.) Tape off areas that you don't want paint on.
Use blue Scotch Brand tape pressed down firmly. When priming apply a very light (thin) coating of primer to the tapes edge (and let dry). Doing so will keep the primer from bleeding under the tape.

3.) Sand the surface with an electric palm sander and 120 grit sand paper.

4.) Remove dust from the table with a tack cloth or Swiffer.

5.) Fill any cracks, divots and holes with paint-able caulk or filler (I like Dap DryDex for filling).

6.) Once the filled areas are dry, hand sand them (not electric) till they are level and flush with the tables surface. Re-fill if needed and sand again. Follow up by removing the dust.

7.) Your now ready to prime the table. You want to use a primer that's recommended for an high gloss surface. Your paint retailer will help you decide on the best product for the job.

8.) After priming, lightly sand the dried primer then re-spot prime if areas of the table show through the primer (eg. at the edges).

9.) You can now paint. You have an assortment of paints to choose from but I would probably use some type of epoxy. Furthermore, some epoxies either do not require primer or have a specific primer that needs to be used with them. Be sure to lightly sand between coats of paint.

If it were me doing the job, I would use a sprayer to both prime and paint the table. With that said, a brush and roller will work fine.

I do not like using foam rollers though as they don't blend the paint properly. A smaller sized very low napped roller cover should get the job done to your liking.

As i said above, your paint retailer will help you decide on the best coatings, tools and materials for the project at hand.


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