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Make extra seating for holidays or game night by making over a folding game table using KILZ® primer, paint and a decorative transfer.
When I was carrying this folding card table through the consignment store, several other shoppers commented on how pretty it was.
If only they could see it now!
I picked up this table because I knew it would be the perfect candidate for a makeover. As far as secondhand furniture finds go, this one was in pretty good condition. But the finish was showing some wear, and the artwork was a little dark and outdated. Definitely not my style.
But now, it’s gorgeous and functional, providing extra table space when we need it for game night or holiday entertaining. And when the table is not in use, I don’t have to stash it away in a closet or the garage. I can just tuck it in a corner in the living room; the tabletop panel looks like a pretty piece of art.
Because I was planning to cover up the original artwork on the table and replace it with a decorative rub-on transfer, I knew I needed to prime the piece before I painted it. I didn’t want the original image bleeding through the white paint.
I choose to use KILZ® ORIGINAL interior primer, which has a powerful stain-blocking formula that blocks out most heavy interior stains, including tannin, ink, pencil, felt marker, smoke and grease. It’s also great to use on secondhand furniture because it seals pet, food and smoke odors. (I know all about stinky furniture.)
A good primer also helps paint adhere to surfaces.
I began by cleaning the table thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove all dust, dirt and grease.
Next, I painted the entire table with KILZ® ORIGINAL primer. (I always turn tables over to paint the legs.)
I used a brush on the table base and a roller on the tabletop, applying two coats and allowing each to dry thoroughly.
Next, I painted the table dark gray and the tabletop inset white.
I used two coats for complete coverage.
Since the decor transfer was slightly smaller than the tabletop, I taped off a narrow band and painted it gold. I love this little detail.
Finally, once all the paint had dried for several hours, I applied the rub-on decorative transfer.
I love how the colorful floral print pops against the white background of the table.
To finish and seal the table, I applied a coat of clear wax and buffed it to a soft shine.
What a transformation!
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