Recently, the hubs and I dragged our
happy completely bored kiddos to the local thrift store to have a quick look around. Any donated merchandise was half off that day, and we plunked down a whopping $4 on this rather unremarkable coffee table.
My first thought was to paint it and put it in the loft so the kids could use it for playing games, building LEGOs or coloring. Of course, that would have been too easy, so I got the brilliant idea to paint a checkerboard on the top. The table top had some type of veneer on it, so hubby dear sanded it before applying a spray-on primer.
This shows a close-up of the primed legs and some sanding on the top. Sorry about the glare here. After this, we sprayed the entire table with black paint. After it dried, we marked off the squares with painter's tape.
I used an off-white latex paint, which was a sample that I was trying out for our bedroom. As is turns out, it was the wrong color for the walls, but it was perfect for this project!
I was lucky enough to have help from two of the kiddos, so this step went by quickly. I finished the edges with a white paint pen and a ruler. I'm still rather new to painting furniture, so I'm impressed with the way it turned out, and I can't wait to go thrifting again for additional projects!
This little table gets a lot of use! We ordered some chess pieces online, and it's nice to have a ready-made chess table to use whenever we want to play the game. Personally, I'm not that good at chess, and even my little six year old beats me. Maybe I'll ask Santa for some checkers!
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