Thank you all for looking and your lovely comments!
To answer your questions,drrubina
- I'm by no means an expert in this renavation field, all I can tell you is what I did and what I used. Once I sanded the table, I decided against priming it, more for the fact that I didn't have any primer around, but also because I felt the raw wood would hold the paint just fine. But I guess if you want to do it right you'd want to prime the whole thing.
I've lately been using spray paints for my furniture. I love the finish that it gives, you just can't get that with a brush. The spray paint I've been using is the kind for painting plastic, the finish is very smooth. But of course the colors are few, so I think next time if I use anything besides white or black, I will just use a plain ordinary spray paint. The primer I used (in a previous project) was also a spray primer (just make sure to get the right primer for the paint you choose, ask an employee if they can help in that department because I'm no expert).
Then you just spray it down, but from what I've learned, spray the whole thing in one go. What I've noticed is if I come back a day later for another coat it will take the innitial shine off the paint, the overspray settles and then it's never the same. After it dries thoroughly (maybe a day), then you can go back and varnish the whole thing. For this table I used a couple of those little foam brushes and a Minwax Clear Glossy Water-Based Polyurothane, 2 coats, about 1.5 hours apart.
Thats about it, if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask. bsonlytoots
- I completely agree with you, it does need some more black, but every time I tired to add some, it just didn't feel right. This table really was a pain in my bum.
KidWithKemikals - You are totally right as well. My imagination definitely gets in the way of functionality quite often. I agree that it will cause problems on the surface of the table, not only functional but cleaning problems as well. I guess I'll just have to chalk it up to an art table and call it a day