Life isnt easy, but at least we can do something to alleviate it. At these trying times, refurbishing your old dining room furniture is a good way of saving money. A sturdy dining table or chair with minor scratches is worth refurbishing. And repainting it can do the job. Depending on your color of choice, you can now have the power to match it with your dining halls. Painting is the most affordable and easiest way to revive your old dining room furniture without hurting your pockets badly.
The following are the commonly used paints in refurbishing dining tables with proven good results.
Try white washing. If what you are trying to achieve a Southwestern or country theme in your dining room then white wash is the best. Have a test practice first on a piece of wood before trying it on your dining table. Start by cleaning and degreasing your furniture. Once they are thoroughly clean and dry, then it is ready for first coat of white paint. Reapply for second and third coat only after each 24 hours interval. After that, your furniture is ready for whitewashing. Dip a rag into the denatured alcohol and rub against the wood as lightly or as heavily as you desire, depending on the consistency you are looking for, lightly rub, for a bolder look, rub heavily. Make sure to replace your rags once in while to achieve the effect that you want.
Enamel painting. Hard, glossy and opaque finish; that is the result you can get from enamel painting. Traditionally, enamel paints were defined as oil-based enamel, but water-based paints are now available on market. Apply the first coat, after 24 hours sanding will follow. Make sure that there is no sanding residue left before applying the second coat. Two coats should sufficiently cover the old surface and provide a smooth, hard finish. On dining table tops, paint with the wood grain in long, even strokes.
Antique Glazing. Though this is not advisable for real antique dining room furniture but has a wonderful effect with not so expensive pieces that you want to have an antique touch to it. Antiquing is the technique of glazing a base finish to simulate age or create an interesting color effect. Enamel is the most common base for antiquing, but varnished, shellacked, and lacquered surfaces can also be glazed.