Good Questions: How to salvage this table?

Good Questions: How to salvage this table?

Jun 8, 2007

Cyndi writes: I bought this table from my local Savers; it was originally orange. I didn't particularly like that color, so, on the advice of the paint guy from my local Home Depot, I painted it a deep red. He told me that the orange would always show through, but I thought it would cover most of the color with a few coats. After 2 coats of paint, it's sort of an orange red, with a somewhat uneven coating of paint..."

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"Luckily, the paint was cheap, it came from HD's "oops shelf". I like the table and would like to use it as a coffee table. Short of just painting it black, which I don't think will look so great at this point, what can I do to salvage it?"

Hi Cyndi- Kudos on finding a "diamond in the rough" and wanting to transform it. However, whenever you are planning on repainting an already painted surface, it's always a good idea to try to remove as much of the original paint as possible, and/or to sand it down to help avoid potential uneven spots. Also, using a good primer is beneficial as well. It's hard to suggest what other colors you might try without seeing the rest of the room you're thinking of putting it in, but from what we can see, the bones of the piece are still good. I'd suggest trying to strip all the paint off and start with a clean surface. Here is a link to an eco-friendly paint remover that we've found success using. Does anyone have any other ideas to suggest to Cyndi? Do you think she should just paint it black? Please share your suggestions in the comments!

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