Because it was going in the playroom I used the same black Zero VOC paint as I did when painting furniture for the nursery before Keylee came along (I’ll share that adventure later). It is Olympic from Lowes but you can get a similar version and pretty much any paint store.
I lugged the table out to the carport with the help of the hubbs and started sanding. I didn’t sand it completely but gave it a good sanding with fine sandpaper. I used 220 grit. And if you find your sandpaper hard to hold onto grab yourself a scrap of wood and staple a trimmed piece so it to create a sandpaper block (a nice tip from the hubbs)![TIP: Always sand the direction of the wood grain, if you don’t you will end up with spots that look like they are damaged when you repaint.]
Next, clean off the table wiping off all the sanding dust. I just used a damp cloth. Make sure the surface is clean and dry before moving forward. Once the table is ready give it a coat of paint. I used a paint brush but you can use a small roller if you prefer.Wait for that to dry before applying the second coat. Go with the directions on the paint can but of course if it is a million degrees outside you can lower the time in between slightly. You’ll notice that the wood grain still shows through the paint which gives it a nice look.
After the paint is all good and dry take your sandpaper or other sanding utensil (I like to use a cardboard fingernail file. They are small and easier to handle and you can get a pack of 4 or 5 at the dollar store for a buck if you don’t already have some around the house like me.) Then sand away at the areas you would like to give some character.
This is where I stopped because I wanted to maintain more of a matte look. But if you would like you can add a top coat like Polycrylic to help seal it. They say you can get matte polycrylic but in my experience is still has a bit of shine to it.
Finished! Now that wasn’t so bad was it? Here it is as a coloring table in the corner of the sunroom/playroom. We love it!