|Thrift Store End Table That Has Been Painted Three Times!|
When I got married, I quickly realized my budget just didn’t match my vision when it came to furniture. I wanted useful, sturdy, and pretty furniture. The prices for that kind of furniture new are probably deserved, but still way out of my realm. So I turned to the thrift store thinking, “I’ll just paint it,” about every item I saw.
|End Table with Fabric and Plexiglass Top|
The thing is, you can “just paint it” and it makes almost anything look great (or at least a lot better). There are downsides though. Paint is not indestructible. It scratches, chips, and doesn’t clean that well. In six years, we have painted this end table three times, partially because I changed my mind about colors, but also because it got beat up. We use our furniture. My kids drive cars on this table and we put food and drinks on it.
So if you are gearing up to do some DIY painting, consider how hard your family is on furniture and consider the high traffic surfaces.
High traffic surfaces are areas of furniture where stuff gets moved around a lot. Table tops, bookshelves, the tops of dressers, and chair seats are a few examples. These areas are more likely to get scratched, chipped, and marked up. Here are three solutions I’ve used to make our high traffic surfaces last longer:
1. Plexiglass-after painting this end table for the third time, I wanted to make sure the top stayed looking good for a while. So I attached moulding around the top and raised it up just slightly to inset some plexiglass. Underneath the plexiglass I put some fun fabric which can be changed whenever it suits me. The plexiglass scratches, but since it’s clear it isn’t noticeable.
|Here is a close-up of the plexiglass popped out.
You can see the the little lip created my the moulding.
|Vinyl “Upholstered” Kids Table|
|Can you see the scratches?|
|Consul Table Finished with Polycrylic|