Before I forget! The drop leaf lamp table: before & after

The white drop leaf lamp table sold before I even had a chance to post the before and after!  If I don’t do it now, I’ll forget about it!

Drop leaf lamp table BEFORE.

Drop leaf lamp table BEFORE.

Here is what it looked like when I bought it.  And yes, that IS laminate on the top!  Contrary to what many believe, laminate CAN be painted.  It just takes a little more work.  A little sanding to remove the sheen, and a GOOD primer.  (I use KILZ.)

P1190310The drop leaves were NOT laminate!  Yea!  Still a bit of extra work involved for the drop leaves because they need to be painted top AND bottom (because the bottom shows when the leaves are down.

Clean innards!

Clean innards!

Don’t forget to check the drawer innards to be sure they are clean!  (Do ya like my ‘painting shoes’?)

P1190338The ‘bad’ thing about painting laminate is that it does not distress well.  So be sure to keep that in mind when you buy pieces that have laminate.

P1190339You don’t want to ‘overly distress’ the non laminate areas of your piece either.  Since the top of furniture usually get the most wear, lightly distress your laminate top and you that as your gauge as to how much to distress the rest of it.

P1190340This drawer was clean enough that I didn’t NEED to paper it, but I like to anyhow.  EVERYONE always opens and looks into drawers, so I like to give them something to look AT!

P1190341A drop leaf takes nearly twice as long as a regular table to paint because of the extra leaves.  Typically I can paint an entire table ‘all at once’.  Flip it upside down first and paint the lags and undercarriage.  Then stand it upright an paint the top and apron.  Let dry and repeat.

With a drop leaf, you have to paint the undersides of the leaves when you do the legs; but then you have to let all that dry before you flip it and paint the top because you can’t put the leaves down when they are still wet.  AND you have that little ‘notch’ on the top that the leaves lift onto, so you need the leaves down when you paint the top.  I hope that made sense.  The moral is, you’ll need more time than usual to paint a drop leaf!

P1190342Be sure you put both leaves up while you are sanding so you can be sure it looks balanced when it’s opened up like this.

P1190343And that is how I painted the white drop leaf lamp table that sold in less than a week!

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  1. Looks like you handled the laminate perfectly! I’ve done at least one piece that was mostly laminate and was so pleased with the way the chalky paint disguised it. You’re right about the drop leaves and painting both sides. I’m getting ready to do a small drop-leaf side table this morning and will start by flipping it over on my worktable. I’ve noticed that people always pull the drawers open, too! I like the unexpected surprise of pattern or color inside–adds to the interest of a piece. Thanks for sharing!


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