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Forum topic by Dan posted 11-14-2014 02:31 PM 1139 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2014 02:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table paint finish

I am working on restoring an old Charleston style round table that had a painted base and a solid mahogany top. I am looking to refinish the base but am not sure how to get that flat farmhouse style look. I will probably need to go with a darker color like a flat black or dark green. Does anyone have any advice on how to do this?

This table needs a ton of repair work done beforehand but I want to make sure I am prepared for the finishing steps.

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#1 posted 11-15-2014 04:40 AM

Take a look at milk paint. Might be what you are looking for?

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 04:56 AM

just about any paint can become flat when mixed with corn starch if memory serves me correct

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 06:21 PM

+1 for milk paint. Though not a true milk paint, I’ve used General Finishes milk paint on a couple projects with good success:

A popular trend seems to be using a base color followed by a different top color. You then sand the top coat down to varying levels to get the aged look:

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 06:58 PM

Milk paint is what you want.

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 02:21 PM

Thank you all for the ideas. I looked at milk paint but cannot find a source locally and need to finish the table by the end of the week. I came up with a multilayer-ed satin finish that might give me similar results. I am going to use coats of different colored paint and then sand through the top layer and distress the legs a bit. After that will put a polyacrilic clear coat to add some durability. Will this look ok?

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#6 posted 11-18-2014 10:17 PM

the clear coat might make the finish glossy again unless you knock it down a bit with sandpaper

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