Red is a bold, bright color. Many people shy away from the color red when it comes to refinishing furniture for fear of it being too bright or too bold. However, red furniture can really make a dramatic difference in your home decor!
Step 1: Bring the table out side to your work shop or garage. It’s best to not refinish it inside of your home as there will be dust created from sanding and you could risk getting paint on your floor or other surfaces.
Step 2: Put on protective eye wear and a face mask. Use an electric handheld sander with rough grit sand paper to remove all of the old finish from the table. This will also remove any dents, scratches, or water marks in the wood. You will be taking about a 16th of an inch of the wood off. You will expose the bright bare wood.
Step 3: Switch to fine grit sand paper and sand the entire table one more time. The rough grit removes the top surface of the wood, and the old finish. The fine grit will make the wood smooth and ready for it’s new finish to be applied.
Step 4: Use a shop vac to clean up all of the mess created from sanding. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe the table down thoroughly. When you wipe the table down you will be removing all of the dust that remains on it from sanding. It’s very important to make sure all of the dust has been removed or else it will become trapped under the red paint and will cause bumps and blemishes.
Step 5: Stir a gallon of red paint well, making sure it is fully mixed up. You can use either oil based or latex. It does not matter. Pour some of the red paint into a clean paint tray. Use a large soft bristle paint brush to apply the first coat. Allow the first coat of red paint at least one hour to dry.
Step 6: Apply a second coat of the red paint to the entire table. Allow it to dry for another two hours. If you are satisfied with the brightness and evenness of the color and coverage then move on to step 7. If not, apply a third coat and allow it another two hours to dry.
Step 7: Slowly pour some polyurethane into a clean paint tray. Do not stir or shake the poly as it will create air bubbles that will be transferred to your newly painted finish. The bubbles will dry and harden making the new finish blemished.
Step 8: Use a large foam paint brush to apply a coat of the polyurethane to the entire table. Poly will protect your red paint finish and will make the table usable and washable. You will not have to worry about spills or water rings. Allow the first coat of poly 30 minutes to dry then apply a second coat. Allow the second coat at least two hours to dry before bringing the table back into your home. Once the two hours is up you can safely move the table without damaging the poly finish but you should not set anything on the table for at least 12 hours.