Yesterday, I was getting ready to post this and my screen went out on my laptop. I seem to be having endless problems with technology lately. My camera has been giving me all sorts of trouble and now this. I have an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar tomorrow and I'm really hoping it's not going to cost a fortune to fix. I'm at the studio now with my trusty desktop, so let's give this another try.
I wanted to share a little project I did recently. I purchased this fancy coffee table at the Long Beach Antique Market earlier in the year. I just love the detail and the distressed look of it. Unfortunately, flakes of paint have been falling off of it since I brought it home. I have young children and I didn't know how old this table was, so I didn't really want to take the chance that I was sprinkling my home with a toxic substance (lead). Not to mention the fact that it's just annoying to have to sweep or vacuum constantly. So, I devised a simple fix.
I took the table outside and set it on a painting tarp. Armed with a can of Rust-oleum Matte Clear spray paint paint and a small broom, I stopped the flaking madness.
First I dusted any loose particles off with a hand broom and then coated the whole table with the clear spray paint. The finish did come out pretty matte, which was fine for the legs and sides, but I think next time I will use a gloss on the top. One can gave me a single coat on the whole thing. I would have preferred two coats, so I will probably spray it again in the near future.
The table is now back in our living room, what a huge relief! We were using Ruby's kiddie table in the meantime, which was pretty hilarious when we had guests. I figure I will probably have to do this procedure from time to time, but it wasn't too hard. It took me about an hour and a half from start to finish.