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Playroom table

Transform an old coffee table into a fab piece of furniture for the playroom with a little bit of help from Resene.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 14

Difficulty level: Challenging

You will need: a clean cloth, coarse, medium and fine grade sandpaper, enlarged print of a child’s toy (we used a photographic print on glossy photographic paper), latex gloves, nylon pot scourer, old coffee table, paintbrushes (including a medium artists’ brush), paint scraper and PVA glue. Resene Strip-Off paint stripper, Resene Aquaclear gloss, Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, Resene Colorwood testpot of Resene Cherrywood and Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Black.

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Lickety Split.

Other ideas: For a bright red table top use a Resene Colorwood testpot of Resene Red Pepper.

Step 1
Step one
Remove the table legs and sand the table top with coarse sandpaper to help the paint stripper penetrate the old paint. Apply a generous amount of Resene Strip-Off paint stripper to the table top and leave until the paint begins to bubble and blister – no less than 30 minutes.
Step 2
Step two
Carefully remove the old paint with the paint scraper, working in the direction of the grain. Repeat if necessary, scrubbing with a nylon pot scourer to remove any stubborn paint. Once paint is removed, scrub down with a weak mix of detergent and water and allow to dry.
Step 3
Step three
Lightly sand the table legs to provide a ‘key’ and apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, allowing two hours to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Apply two coats of Resene Black to the table legs, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 5
Step five
Sand the table top with medium and fine grade sandpaper until the surface is smooth. Wipe off any sanding dust with a dry cloth and then apply one coat of Resene Cherrywood to the sides and underneath of the table top. Wait ten minutes and then remove any residue with a clean cloth. Allow to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Apply one coat of Resene Aquaclear gloss to the top, underneath and sides of the table top and allow to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply a thin coat of PVA glue to the table top and carefully position the photo. Lightly press down on the photo to adhere it to the glue and allow glue to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply three coats of Resene Aquaclear to the top, underneath and sides of the table top, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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