I picked this table up at a garage sale… It wasn’t in the best shape, as you can see in the before pictures, it had been the canvas to some kid’s crayon art and also had some water damage.
No worries, we scraped off all the yuck (and probably a little gum too) and used a hand-sander to remove what was left of the lacquer coating. Next, we used a cloth and some Windex to wipe the surface clean.
I painted the base black and top white with regular latex paint. The fun part was the lettering. To do this I enlisted my daughter and we went back to our grade school art memories, the old “pencil-rub” technique. First, we printed off the numbers and letters on plain copy paper (make sure to set the printer to fast/draft, no need to waste ink, also make sure to print in reverse so your letters won’t be backwards). Next, we aligned the copy paper and used painter’s tape to keep it in position. Then we used a dull pencil to scribble on the backs to rub the image off on to the painted surface. After we had transferred enough of the image for a guide we removed the copy paper and used a paint pen to trace and fill.
To finish this project we sanded the entire table, even going over the lettering to give the over all piece an aged look, wiped clean and applied a coat of stain. The stain added to the look, by bringing out the wood in the exposed areas and dulling the bright white to a more vintage cream color. Lastly, we added a coat of paste wax, ironically, to help preserve the intentional aging, lol.
The table came with 3 chairs, 2 were salvageable, so we painted them solid black and completed the same aging process as above.