Painting the dining room table: Post 4

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Progress Posts

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Hmmm, eleven work hours later and these chairs aren’t looking much different than the other picture I posted a few days ago…

At this point in a project of this size, I’m in need of some motivation.  Lucky for me I got just that this morning when I was enjoying a cup of coffee while reading my favorite blogs before I put on my grubby clothes and grabbed my paint brush.  Sandra from the blog Sawdust and Paper Scraps is putting on a BuildHERS Club link party!  If you have not been to her site, you have got to check it out right now.  That lady is amazing and I think she can do anything.  Make sure you look at her front entry and her kitchen, but any project you look at on her site is sure to impress you.  The deadline for her party is February 4, which is just the kick in the rear that I need to get started on the laundry room so that I can link up.  But first I have GOT to finish up this table and chairs.

Three coats of paint and 5 coats of topcoat=A LOT OF TIME!!!  The can directions for the General Finishes milk paint claims that if you need to use more than 2 coats then you are not putting it on thick enough.  But this stuff is thick and does not spread out if it globs up in the 5 million spindles on each chair. I had to use 3 coats to get good coverage.  This paint still rocks though.

The directions on the General Finishes High Performance Top Coat can say to get it on and then don’t mess with it too much because it WILL spread out for a smooth finish.  I was reluctant to believe them, but I should have listened sooner.  Once I started to get sloppy (or so I thought) because I began to feel like I was never going to finish, I realized that the topcoat where I just got it on and moved to the next spot looked just as good as the topcoat where I spent more time smoothing it all out.  You can’t leave puddles, but you can get away with quite a bit.

I did not paint the bottom of the table.  I only put 3 coats of topcoat on the bottoms of the chairs and the chair bottoms never saw a third coat of paint.  This has sped the process up a little.

Good news?  I did all 6 chairs and the table in 3 coats with only a quart of the paint.  I get to return the other quart I bought, which brings down the price of the project down to about $50!!

I figured I put about 3 hours into each chair once they are finished.  I didn’t time myself with the table and I’m not sure I want to know…

I think I’ll be finished up with it all tomorrow!

Other posts in the How to Paint a Dining Room Table series:

Painting the Dining Room Table Post 1: Before

Painting the Dining Room Table Post 2

Painting the Dining Room Table Post 3

Painting the Dining Room Table Post 4

Painting the Dining Room Table Post 5: Finished!…Maybe

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