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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Blue and Pale Gold Painted Cabinet

I had my eye on this cabinet for quite some time.  When I purchased it I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle, that is such a beautiful red!  I used the Bonding Agent and finished the cabinet with 2 coats of Hemp Oil.  I think her line of milk paints are beautiful!  We received many complements on this piece.

Cabinet Before Painting
Cabinet Before Painting
Cabinet Painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Tricycle
Cabinet Painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Tricycle

This was so beautiful I loved how the Tricycle Milk Paint looked with the Hemp oil on top, very rich!  This piece was on display in our shop for two years and received many compliments.

Since we are the home of The Couture Collection! and Paint Couture I began painting everything I could.  I wanted to show our customers our paint colors and glazes.  This piece was just perfect for a makeover.

Lake Norman Blue Cabinet under painted with Pale Gold and glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet under painted with Pale Gold and glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture

Step 1 – Prep your furniture.  I use Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green.  I put the solution into a spray bottle, spray it on and use a Scotch Brite scrub sponge and clean the surface well.  There is not need to rinse. Let it dry, the you are ready to paint.  Most of the time, this is all you need to do, however if the surface is super shiny, rough it up prior to cleaning with 220 grit sandpaper.

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

Step 2 – Apply Pale Gold Metallic Paint to the doors and drawer using a good quality synthetic brush.  I used the Zibra triangle brush.

Pale Gold Metallic Paint applied to doors and drawers
Pale Gold Metallic Paint applied to doors and drawers
Pale Gold Metallic Paint brushed on with the Zibra Triangle Brush
Pale Gold Metallic Paint brushed on with the Zibra Triangle Brush
Pale Gold Metallic Paint on the drawer
Pale Gold Metallic Paint on the drawer

I also added the Pale Gold to the front legs.  Let the Pale Gold dry.  My plan:  painting over top of the Pale Gold with the Lake Norman Blue and let the gold shine through in the recessed areas and carvings!

Step 3 – Apply the first coat of paint to the back, sides and legs.  I used Lake Norman Blue.

Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture
Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture
Lake Norman Blue on the back of the cabinet
Lake Norman Blue on the back of the cabinet

I used a 1/4′ nap roller to apply the blue paint to the back, it is fast and easy.  It is great to use rollers to cover large surfaces fast.  These rollers are available from your Paint Couture Retailer.

Lake Norman Blue in the roller pan ready to apply with the 1/4
Lake Norman Blue in the roller pan ready to apply with the 1/4″ nap roller
Applying Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture to the sides and legs
Applying Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture with a brush

Step 4 – Dry Brush Lake Norman Blue over the Pale Gold Metallic Paint. To achieve a dry brush, dip the tip of the brush into the paint, then remove excess paint onto a piece of cardboard until the brush is almost “dry”.  Since the brush is drier you can paint over the surface of the gold without the paint settling into the crevices; we want the gold to show through.  Let the paint dry about 4 hours.

Close up of dry brushed Lake Norman Blue
Close up of dry brushed Lake Norman Blue over the Pale Gold

Step 5 – Working in on section at a time, apply Black Chiffon Glaze Couture with a brush and remove the glaze with a foam brush.

Applying Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Applying Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Have 2 sizes of Foam Brushes ready to remove the glaze
Have 2 sizes of Foam Brushes ready to remove the glaze
Remove the glaze with the Foam brush by dragging it vertically down the surface
Remove the glaze with the Foam brush by dragging it vertically down the surface
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture on the drawer
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture on the drawer
Removing the Black Chiffon Glaze with the Foam Brush
Removing the Black Chiffon Glaze with the Foam Brush
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture reomved on the cabinet side
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture removed on the cabinet side

Here see the difference between the side that is glazed and the other that is not glazed!

Right Door Glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Right Door Glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture

Once the glaze is removed, let it dry 24 hours.

The finished cabinet:

Lake Norman Blue Cabinet with Pale Gold and Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet with Pale Gold and Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Lake Norman Blue Drawer Detail
Lake Norman Blue Drawer Detail
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet Close Up
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet Close Up

The piece may be topcoat with one of our Couture Topcoats or Lacquer.  Since this piece will not receive a lot of use I chose to just glaze it.  Glaze Couture has a protective quality and is durable; however I always add a topcoat to table tops, coffee tables (to any piece that will receive a lot of use) and 2 coats of topcoat to kitchen cabinets for extra durability.

All of the paints, metallic paints, glazes, brushes and rollers used here are available from your The Couture Collection! Paint Couture Retailer.

http://www.paintcouture.com