Polished Coffee Table Becomes Dead Flat

How do you make a shiny coffee table look modern and dead flat?  Follow along, here is how:

Shiny Coffee Table - Before
Shiny Coffee Table – Before

 

Painted coffee table with British Grey Paint Couture, top with Light Brown Sugar Glaze and Dead Flat Couture Topcoat
Painted coffee table with British Grey Paint Couture, topped with Light Brown Sugar Glaze and Dead Flat Couture Topcoat

My friend Barbara and her husband, Don wanted me to give this coffee table a modern look.  The layers of old polyurethane needed to be removed.  We used palm sander with 80 grit sandpaper, followed by a second pass using 120 grit sandpaper.

80 grit sandpaper is a rough sandpaper used to take off thick layers of paint or polyurethane.

80 grit sandpaper is rough and used for removing old paint and polyurethane
80 grit sandpaper is rough and used for removing old paint and polyurethane

Here is Don using the palm sander to remove the layers of polyurethane.  This took only about 20 minutes.

Removing Glossy Polyurethane with a Palm Sander

Look at that beautiful wood grain after sanding.  Barbara had thought about painting it but after seeing the beautiful wood she wondered how we could enhance it, and I had just the products in mind!

The Plan:

I would paint the base gray using British grey Paint Couture

The wood top will be glazed with Light Brown Sugar Glaze Couture – this will really enhance that beautiful wood grain and give it a stained look.  I will use the glaze as a stain.

The final coat will be Dead Flat Couture Topcoat – this will be very protective and it will have no shine at all, just what Barbara wanted.

After sanding I wiped the dust away on top with a damp terry towel.  On the base I used Krud Kutter Gloss-Off to clean and remove some of the sheen in order to prepare the surface for painting.

Prep your furniture first, we love Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green
Prep your furniture first, we love Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green

 

British Gray Paint Couture Applied to the Base and Bali Boo Approves!
British Gray Paint Couture Applied to the Base and Bali Boo Approves!
British Grey Paint Couture, acrylic furniture and cabinet paint
British Grey Paint Couture, acrylic furniture and cabinet paint

British Grey almost covered the base in 1 coat, after 4 hours I added another coat.  Two coats of paint make the surface durable.

On the top I applied Light Brown Sugar Glaze Couture with a large foam brush.  Here the glaze was not removed, just applied with a foam brush.  I went over the surface with generous amounts of glaze, one row at a time, smoothing it out as I go.  I went over each row a couple times watching that glaze even out and soak in, then I moved on across the piece.

Large Foam Brush great for applying a glaze as a stain
Large Foam Brush great for applying a glaze as a stain

I let the glaze dry 24 hours and applied a second coat in the same way, again letting it dry throughly about 24 hours.

I used Dead Flat Couture Topcoat.  Always stir the topcoat, never shake because that may create bubbles.  I poured about 1/6 of the can in a painting tray and used our Lambs Wool Applicator to apply the topcoat.

Dead Flat Couture Topcoat - use this if you want no shine at all
Dead Flat Couture Topcoat – use this if you want no shine at all

 

Lambs Wool Applicator and a soft brush
Lambs Wool Applicator and a soft brush

Pictured above is the Lambs Wool Applicator.  Some times I use a clean soft bristle brush like the Zibra Sash Brush to apply topcoat.  On a large flat surface I choose the Lambs Wool Applicator.

Here is a link to a short video showing how to apply topcoat with the Lambs Wool Applicator:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwgNCwLmAJM&feature=youtu.be

I applied 1 coat, let it dry four hours, then applied a second coat.  I did not sand between coats on this table, the Dead Flat Couture Topcoat leveled very evenly!

Completed Table with the Dead Flat Couture Topcoat over the Wood Top
Completed Table with the Dead Flat Couture Topcoat over the Wood Top

 

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I love how the wood is enhanced by the Light Brown Sugar Glaze and the Dead Flat Couture Topcoat.

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A Painting Journey

It began long ago when I was a child, with my parents encouragement I began expressing myself through art by painting, drawing and even sculpting with clay.  My love of art grew with the help of teachers along the way.  I now teach and have my own company with my husband, Mike.  Through teaching at Great Walls Supply and The Couture Collection! I have found my passion for creative expression.

At a Great Walls we have been teaching decorative artists designer wall finishes.  At The Couture Collection! we teach painted furniture and cabinet techniques.  I want to share my love of painting with you!

I had this armoire for about 15 years and she needs an update.  I will use these Paint Couture! Colors: Abundance, Angelic & Dream.  I want to add a little texture to make this piece looked European and aged.  For this I will use Couture Embossing Medium and Glaze Couture!  Let’s get started!

  Remove the hardware.  Put the screws and washers back on the pulls and label which drawer they call home.

   Clean the piece using diluted Simple Green and scrub with terry towel.  No sanding or priming is necessary with Paint Couture! but cleaning is very important for good paint adhesion!  You will be amazed at how dirty your towel will be.  Let it dry and you are ready to paint.

 I plan out my colors.  In my studio all our colors are painted on cabinet doors and displayed on our wall for all to see.  I use small pieces of molding and wood to play with other color combinations, here I mixed Angelic and Dream together to make a soft blue grey, very European looking.  I will use Abundance Paint Couture! as my base paint.  I plan to layer colors.

 Apply Abundance with a good quality brush, I like Zibra brushes.  I am using a Zibra 2″ Sash Brush, great for acrylic paints!  Paint Couture! is a 100% acrylic paint and very durable.  It goes on smooth and dries flat with no brush marks.  It is more durable than a chalk type paint and easy to use!

Wet Abundance Paint Couture!

Wet Abundance Paint Couture!

  Dry to the touch in about an hour.  Because I will be distressing this piece I can now go on to the next step.  If I am just painting and glazing I wait 24 hours between coats.

Mix 16 oz Embossing Medium with 3 tablespoons Abundance Paint Couture!

Mix 16 oz Embossing Medium with 3 tablespoons Abundance Paint Couture!

Use a Behr Trowel or a plastic Bondo applicator to apply the tinted Embossing Medium
Use a Behr Trowel to apply the tinted Embossing Medium

Now apply the colored Embossing Medium with the Behr Trowel.

Now apply the colored Embossing Medium with the Behr Trowel.

To add more depth now apply the tinted Embossing Medium with a Sea Sponge.  This will create more texture build up that will look very natural!
To add more depth now apply the tinted Embossing Medium with a Sea Sponge. This will create more texture build up that will look very natural!
Apply tinted Embossing Medium with Sea Sponge by pouncing on the surface.  Do not get thick, move the product around so you have some light texture.
Apply tinted Embossing Medium with Sea Sponge by pouncing on the surface. Do not get thick, move the product around so you have some light texture.
Drawer shown with texture from Embossing Medium
Drawer shown with texture from Embossing Medium
When the Embossing Medium has dried, mix Angelic and Dream Paint Couture! in a 1 to 1 ratio.
When the Embossing Medium has dried, mix Angelic and Dream Paint Couture! in a 1 to 1 ratio.
I dipped my paint brush in water, then into the paint and spread the mixture across the drawer.  I added more water to make this a Color Wash.  A Color Wash is thin and you can see through it to the base color.
I dipped my paint brush in water, then into the paint and spread the mixture across the drawer. I added more water to make this a Color Wash.  A Color Wash is thin and you can see through it to the base color.
I put the drawer back to see if I liked the progress!
I put the drawer back to see if I liked the progress!

Continued…

Next post will be about Distressing Painted Furniture and Glazing.

Thanks for stopping by…Happy Painting – Micki