Step One – The Prep
No sanding or priming necessary – if the surface is a dining room table top and is insanely smooth and slick, you may want to rough it up a bit with a sander. (We are fans of the Ryobi Corner Sander from Home Depot and I use 80 grit sandpaper.)
Using a clean soft rag, wipe on Prep to clean piece. This removes all oils, waxes, dirt etc. and “preps” the surface for best adhesion of paint.
Step Two – The Paint
Apply paint with a decent bristle brush (no fancy brushes necessary – but do not use a foam brush). First coat should cover with no drips. This is a bonding coat and may appear thin – that’s normal and good.
When dry to the touch, second coat can be applied (using a fan speeds up dry time!). When applying second coat, load brush with more paint.
Do not go over and over first coat or you will re-wet and remove first coat – just slap on that second coat and let it dry. You can touch up any areas that need attention. In most cases two coats is sufficient to cover well.
Step Three – Personalize
When paint is dry, you can distress. We use the Ryobi sander and 80 grit sandpaper. Just hit all the areas that would normally age with time. Remember that it’s only paint – you can repaint – and have fun!
Random is good. The distressing will highlight any cool architecture on the piece and gives it some fabulous personality! At this point, you can be finished and proud of your masterpiece OR if you want a vintage, aged look, you can glaze with our dark glaze.
Use a brush and have a damp rag ready to blend / erase with. Brush on glaze in one direction (no circles) and use the damp rag to achieve desired look. Color can be built with additional coats.
And here’s the fabulous finished project!!
Sealing. We have a wipe on clear sealer that can be used over any other products for additional protection on pieces like desks or buffets that will get a lot of use. For dining room tables, we recommend our Tuff Top for Tables. It is a professional grade polyurethane with a satin finish that allows you to use and clean tabletops – even with children.