This wood table was free as it was abandoned by its previous owner, so I got to inherit their aquatic artwork. It's not that it's bad art, per se, as I kept the table as-is for a couple of years now... it's just that none of my kids are all that into fish or the ocean, so I took that as my cue to finally just repaint this.
Now on to the always-annoying initial task of stripping her down! First I grabbed an allen wrench and a screwdriver and disassembled it as much as I could. When repainting or refinishing something, it's easier to do it if you take it apart (not all furniture can be easily disassembled and reassembled, though, especially antiques. But, Ikea furniture is definitely NOT antique, and falling apart is practically part of its branding).
Thanks, stripper, for making everything sticky. I want my $12 back!
Then, to make it worse, I FREAKING STABBED MYSELF IN THE HAND AGAIN. This is the THIRD TIME I've injured myself in this exact same way, in the exact same spot.
After literally several days of sanding (thankfully I now own a power sander), I started the totally anal retentive taping process (mental note: never use the phrase "anal retentive taping" in a blog post about strippers. It just sounds gross). No, really, taping took a surprisingly long time, and I used ridiculous amounts of painting tape.
Even though I worked on all parts simultaneously, I am going to show each part separately, for the sake of it making more sense. I'll start with the table top.
For my border around the top of the table, I measured an inch out from all sides, and then to make sure my tape line stayed straight, I made a bunch of marks at one-inch to guide me, so I didn't lay the tape on slanted.
For the lip under the table, that helps connect the legs, I had my volunteer paint crew on the job! This is the part of the table where I didn't do anything "fancy" to, so I figured there was almost no way for my kids to mess it up! I even got them tiny little paint rollers. Did I ever mention that children make great indentured servants? Wait, does this make me a hypocrite? Shush you, we're building character!
For the gray stripe, I used a spray paint that was leftover from the vintage doll bunk beds I refinished.
Note that I had all the other stripe colors taped over VERY well before spraying on for the gray stripe. After one side dried, I rotated, and so on and so forth until all four sides of all four legs were done.
Everything went on fine. I was able to add my little details with no problem...
So I went online to see what I could do, and found that some people had success spraying on a fixative before coating with polyurethane. That's one of those things I actually do in fact have lying around (for artwork), so I figured I'd give it a shot.
So my table leg at this point was a hot mess, and I had to re-tape, re-spray-paint, and then redo the white borders. I was elated.
Look, he's so happy to be the new guinea pig!
****Drum roll please****
DONE, woot. And the fact that it coordinates with their little pink kitchen may or may not have been planned by me. (You can't tell, but I winked just now).
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, and it was 13 days well worth it. Except for that stripper. But when are they NOT the cause of shame, regret, and lost money the next day?