How to: Paint a Kitchen Table with Chalk Paint®

Learn how to paint a kitchen table so that it can survive years of mealtimes, hot plates, homework and whatever else your family throws at it!

When painting a kitchen table, you need to make sure your paintwork can withstand the wear and tear of daily life. Whether your dining table is going to double up as a desk for homework or working from home, it needs to be hardwearing. After taking the time to paint it, you want to take the necessary steps to make it last.

To create a durable finish, you need a varnish that is strong enough to seal and protect your paintwork. That’s where Chalk Paint® Lacquer comes it. This water-based varnish is robust enough to hold up against daily use, whether you choose a Matt or Gloss finish. It also goes on perfectly clear and dries quickly without yellowing over time.

Step by step to creating a lasting finish for kitchen tables with Chalk Paint®

  1. Wipe off any dust and dirt from your table top with a damp cloth.
  2. Perform a patch test before using Chalk Paint® and Lacquer. The ingredients in Lacquer can draw tannins or stains in the wood, leaving unsightly marks. If you notice any such “bleed-through”, don’t be alarmed! Apply a stain blocker, like shellac, over the entire table and allow to dry before proceeding .
  3. Paint your table with Chalk Paint®. Be aware that pine often has a yellow-orange tint so you may need to apply a second coat of paint, particularly if you’re using a paint colour that is lighter than the wood.
  4. *Optional*: If you want an ultra-smooth finish: dilute Chalk Paint® slightly with water. Use a roller and apply the paint in thin, even layers. Sand gently between coats.
  5. Ensure the paint is completely dry before applying Lacquer. Stir Chalk Paint® Lacquer thoroughly before use.
  6. Apply Lacquer using a Flat Brush or roller. When applying Lacquer, work methodically to make sure the whole surface is covered. Any gaps in the finish will compromise the protection of the whole table.
  7. Allow to dry for 1-2 hours and then apply a second coat, using the same methodical approach.
  8. Once dry, the table will be ready to use but the Lacquer needs two weeks to harden to maximum strength, so be gentle with it at first.

With this tutorial, you’re ready to paint and varnish your kitchen table for a finish that will last and last. The whole technique can be done with minimal effort and in very little time. To extend the life of your revamped table, wipe away spills and clean marks with soapy water, but avoid harsh chemicals. If you do notice the varnish begin to wear over time, simply reapply. And when you’re ready for a makeover, you can always paint over it again with Chalk Paint®!

When you’re ready to get started, remember to support local by purchasing all the materials you need from your closest Annie Sloan Stockist. For more handy tips, check out our Chalk Paint® Lacquer Fact Sheet.

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