Calling all do-it-yourself-ers. I need your advice. I’m stuck in a project and don’t know how to get out!
You know the dining table project I mentioned in my last post? Yeah, that’s the one. It’s starting to become a proverbial thorn in my home improvement side.
Here was my plan. We had this dining table that I got at a yard sale before I even started college, I think. (Weird that I got a table in high school, huh?)
It was already painted that cranberry color. Kinda fun, but I was over it. It was also getting a little worn, particularly on the table top.
So, I had hopes of painting the table a uniform, dark espresso color. As for the chairs, I wanted to have 3 mismatched pairs (using one “pair” from the chairs I currently had and making 6 chairs instead of 4) painted all in a creamy yellow. I bought 1 set on craigslist for $20.
I was feeling excited and set to work. I used a liquid deglosser along with a minimal amount of sanding to prep the chair surface.
After that, I primed one chair and then used yellow spray paint. I used 2 cans. The problem was, it was nowhere near covering the chair. At $6 a pop, I decided that was getting too expensive for a refurbish job.
A quart of Valspar paint was my next choice. And here’s where we stood.
Pretty nice, you say? Until you look closer.
See the brush strokes?
Kinda cakey-looking. Yuck.
I’m not sure how well the pictures capture it, but it’s rather disappointing.
I tried to go back and sand again (this time with an electric sander) and apply a super thin, even coat with a foam brush. Sadly, this didn’t seem to make a difference in the brush-stroked cakiness.
Also, I’m having second thoughts about the yellow. I love the yellow. I think it ties in nicely with curtains. But it dirties easily. I used a semi-gloss paint, but I think that is not wipeable enough.
So, this is my dilemma. Advice? Thoughts? Encouragement? I’d appreciate it! 🙂