Monday, March 4, 2013

Gimme Three Steps

As I kept thinking about the title, that song has been totally stuck in my head.  Ug.  I mean I like Lynyrd Skynyrd as much as the next girl, but now I've got Gimme Three Steps in my head.  Failure, Mary.

I can't call the table totally done, but it's so so close.  Steps one and two are done.

Step one:  Prime and paint.  I used Sherwin Williams Adhesive Primer since my table top was Formica.  Everything I read suggested sanding and priming if you were going to attempt painting Formica.  I figured the adhesive primer gave me the best chance of success.  I had it leftover from painting our paneling in the hallway.  For the paint color I used Krylon Acrylic Latex Enamel in Satin Classic Gray.  It's the perfect soft grey kind of color.  You got a sneak peak of it the other day.

Step two:  Stripes!!!!  This was not an exact science.  I used an ad we got in the mail and cut it into a triangle.  I used a Sharpie and my template to measure off my chevron pattern.  Then I taped them off using Frog Tape.  I heart Frog Tape!
I sealed the edges by just painting a light coat of grey where they white stripes were going to be.
After the grey was dry I painted on about 5 coats of white.  Yes, five coats.  It took forever.
But when I peeled off the tape, it was totally worth it.  I'm in love.  I mean check out those gorgeous, clean lines.

Step three:  That's going to be a coat of poly-acrylic to seal it.  I don't usually seal things, but I figured for out kitchen table it was probably a necessity.  So, as soon as the poly-acrylic goes on the table can move back into the kitchen for the final reveal.

Of course it won't really be the final reveal because the chairs are still burgundy.  And sitting in our office waiting to be painted.  I'm avoiding thinking about painting them.  I'm not sure I've recovered from the last time I painted them.  I remember it taking days.  So I'm not looking forward to painting the chairs,  especially knowing it's going to take multiple coats of paint.

Anybody want to come help me paint chairs?  What did you do this weekend?  I tried to think of a way to convince my husband to go with me to Hobby Lobby but I never made it.  I think I might get to go this week, I'm going to a conference and I'm hoping to talk my conference buddy into a trip to Hobby Lobby.  Are you lucky enough to have a good craft store close?  If so, I'm really jealous!


  1. Lord have mercy...someone better call 911 because the table is SMOKIN HOT!!! Great job girl! Your hard work really paid off.

    1. Thanks! I think I love the most that it only cost like $17. And you know, all the hard work. But I work cheap. It was totally worth it though.

  2. OMG I love it Mary!!!!! It looks awesome. Have fun with the chairs! :) I'll come help you!

    1. Oh boy, it's going to be great. Deal! I would love help! If only my crafty/DIY friends didn't live so far away. :(