How to paint a table for different cool results

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 19, 2022
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How to paint a table

Bucket and cloth
all-purpose cleaner
Sandpaper grain 120
Sander + sandpaper grit 120 and 240
Acrylic primer and acrylic lacquer paint
Paint tray, flat brush and felt roller 10 centimeters

Sanding legs with sandpaper, table top with sander.
Apply 2 coats of primer (sand lightly between coats)
Apply lacquer
Clean brush, roller and paint tray with water.


The paint we will be using is acrylic based. For this we use a water-based primer and an acrylic lacquer. This has many advantages, such as quick drying, no yellowing of the color and less environmental impact. In addition, you must ensure that the paint is well wear-resistant. The function of this is that there are no scratches on your table top. Painting a table therefore has a certain procedure to get a good end result. which is also important that you choose a paint that is skin fat resistant. This means that you can lie quietly with your skin (arm) on the table without staining. The last point is that you can clean the table well after lunch or meal: good cleanability. Choose a high-gloss acrylic paint. The table shines and is easier to keep clean.


Make enough space beforehand so that you can work well around the table. Place newspaper, plastic or a stucco carpet under the table while painting. Start by degreasing and then sanding. A logical order is that you do the table legs first and then the table top. Then make everything dust-free. Put some primer in a paint tray and start painting at the table legs with a brush and work your way up. Rolling the table top with a felt roller. After the primer has cured, sand lightly with 240-grit sandpaper and remove any dust. The painting can begin. start at the bottom at the table legs and work your way towards the table top. paint the table top itself with a roller . Allow the paint to cure, sand lightly and remove dust. Now apply a second coat of lacquer and rinse the brush and roller with water and store dry.

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I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.