43 Tables for Droppingwell

Respraying furniture is a great way to give old or worn-out pieces a fresh, updated look. It is also great for the environment as well as cost saving. This project was for the Droppingwell Pub at Thorpe Hesley, after a refurbishment there was 43 tables that needed to be resprayed and painted.

The process and equipment needed –

  1. Sandpaper: Coarse (for stripping old paint/varnish) and fine (for smoothing surfaces).
  2. Paint: Choose a paint type suitable for furniture, such as latex or chalk paint.
  3. Primer: If the furniture has never been painted or if you’re changing from a dark to light color.
  4. Painter’s Tape: For masking off areas you don’t want to paint.
  5. Drop Cloth: To protect your workspace.
  6. Screwdriver: To remove hardware if necessary.
  7. Cleaning Supplies: Mild soap and water for cleaning the furniture.
  8. Safety Gear: Gloves, safety glasses, and a mask if needed.

Steps to Repaint Furniture:

  1. Prepare Your Workspace:
  2. Clean the Furniture:
    • Remove any dust, dirt, or grime from the furniture using a mild soap and water solution.
    • Let it dry completely before proceeding.
  3. Sand the Surface:
    • If the furniture has an existing finish (paint, varnish, or stain), use coarse sandpaper to remove it.
    • Sand until the surface is smooth. For a previously painted piece, you may need to sand down any rough spots.
    • After the initial sanding, switch to fine sandpaper to achieve a smoother surface.
  4. Prime (if necessary):
    • If your furniture is unfinished wood or you’re changing from a dark to a light color, apply a primer. Follow the primer manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Apply the first coat evenly, using long, smooth strokes in the direction of the wood grain. You may need to apply multiple coats for even coverage, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.
  5. Let it Dry:
    • Allow the paint to dry completely between coats, typically following the paint manufacturer’s recommended drying time.
  6. Sand Between Coats:
    • Lightly sand the furniture with fine sandpaper between coats to ensure a smooth finish.
  7. Reattach Hardware:
    • Once the final coat of paint is dry, reattach any hardware you removed earlier.
  8. Finish:
    • If desired, you can apply a clear topcoat or sealant for added durability and protection. Follow the product instructions for application.
  9. Clean Up:
    • Clean your brushes and tools according to the paint manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Dispose of any leftover paint and materials responsibly.
  10. Enjoy Your Repainted Furniture:
    • After the paint and any topcoat have dried completely, you can place your furniture back in its intended location and enjoy your refreshed piece.

Repainting furniture can be a fun and rewarding project, but it does require some time and patience. Take your time, and the results will be worth it.

Imagine how hard it is when these 43 tables, the space that needed as well as the time it takes but the result is worth it as I pay really close attention to detail. 

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