Kitchen tables are often one of the most used pieces of furniture in the entire house. Over time, the wear and tear that tables are exposed to becomes quite evident. Rather than running out to buy a new table, consider refinishing the table that you already have by stenciling it with paint. Use the following guide to learn how to refinish your kitchen table.
Sand the Table
The first thing you need to do is smooth the surface of the table. You want to be sure that the paint is not chipped or cracking, as it will be noticeable when you repaint the table. Use 180-grit sandpaper to gently sand the surface of the table until it is completely smooth.
Paint the Table
Use enamel paint and a paintbrush to paint all of the table. You want to be sure that you get paint into any intricate detailing of the table to ensure that the table has a uniformed look, when you are done. Allow the paint to dry for two hours and then apply another coat of paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight and then continue onto the next step.
Position the Stencil
Purchase a large plastic stencil from an art supply store that has a design that you really like. Lay the stencil on the table so that the corner of the stencil lines up with the corner of the table. Use painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place. Use a washable marker to make a small mark on the bottom and the edge of the stencil so you can know where to position it, when you want to stencil the next location.
Stencil the Tabletop
Use a small paintbrush and a different color of paint to stencil the table. You may want to use white or black paint to make the look really dramatic. When stenciling the table, be sure to use thin coats of paint because you do not want the paint to get under the stencil because it will cause the entire design to smudge.
Reposition the Stencil
Allow the paint to dry for about ten minutes and then pull the stencil up from the table. Lay the edge of the stencil against the mark you made at side of the stencil when you originally placed it on the table. Again, tape the stencil into place and make a mark at the bottom and outer edge of the stencil. Paint and repeat the repositioning process until the entire table has been stenciled.
Protect the Table
Apply a coat of polyurethane gel to the table. It will protect the paint from water rings and keep your table looking great for years to come. The table is a statement piece that anyone will surely love to see every time they walk into your kitchen. The entire refinishing process can be done in a day and can really update the look of a piece of furniture that has a lot of life left in it.