This foyer table was a Craigslist find. We decided to make this piece a classy signature piece by painting it black and finished it with a semi-gloss finish.
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We used the following supplies on this foyer table:
Step One: Sanding Down the Foyer Table
We sanded the body and the drawers down. As we usually do, we start our sanding process with our orbital sander using an 80 grit sandpaper. Then, we use 60 grit sandpaper to make sure all of the original finish has been properly removed. Finally, we hand sand with a 120 grit sandpaper to get a smoother wood before applying paint. .
Step Two: Taping the Drawers
Before we painted the drawers and the body of the foyer table, we made sure to tape the inside of the of the body and the inside of the drawers. It is always important to remember to tape the inside of the body where the drawers slide in and out, and the inside portions of the drawers where paint might drip/or the paint brush might touch. We will admit that this is not a necessary step, but if you want to have an up-cycled foyer table that looks professional grade, then every detail matters.
Step Three: Painting
After we were finished with taping the foyer table, we painted the foyer table black. We usually do two coats of paint to make sure that everything is sufficiently covered. We generally use Purdy paint brushes so that we can ensure that we get an excellent finish.
Step Four: Applying the Finish
After the paint was dry we were ready to apply a coat of water based Polycrylic to both the body of the foyer table and the drawers. After the first coat we sanded down the foyer table using 320 grit sandpaper, then we applied a second coat of Polycrylic. The picture below shows what the table looked like after we sanded down the first coat (make sure you wipe off the sanding dust with a damp cloth before applying the second coat of Poly).
Poly does two things: (1) it creates a layer of protection for the furniture from everyday abuse; and (2) it creates a smooth finish. We typically apply two coats of poly, but some projects may require more. After the poly has dried we use a wet sanding technique with extremely fine sand paper to ensure that the stained areas are smooth to touch. The wet sanding process is really simple, just spray on some lemon oil and lightly sand over the stained areas with an 800 grit sandpaper (you can also do this over the painted areas, but you need to be careful not to sand too aggressively over the painted areas or you will end up with a distressed look).
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Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.