Saturday, April 14, 2012

Good As New

You'll be happy to hear that my Spouses on Sabbatical work continues even while I'm traveling across the pond :)

My parents have a beautiful stainless steel table with wood legs.  The paint on the legs started to chip and fade through the years, so they asked me to bring the legs back to their former glory.

Unfortunately, this is the best "before" picture I have. You can tell my dad was anxious for me to get started.

Close-up of the peeling legs

After going to the hardware store to pick up supplies, the first thing I did was give the legs a light sanding with a medium-grit sanding block. The paint I bought had primer already in it, and I was painting the legs the same color. All I needed was for the new paint to stick to the old paint. Sanding helps with that.

Then I painted a thin, even coat on each leg. I brought the legs to the store to have the paint color matched. My verdict is that the color was pretty darn close, but not perfect. You would never notice the difference unless you're specifically looking for it though.

After a couple hours I did another thin coat. Then I let it dry overnight.

It was a simple project that makes a big difference. My parents are happy with the results and I was happy to be painting again.


  1. Look at you go! Are you for hire? I have a few projects I can't seem to find the time to do. Welcome back! Enjoy your visit in the States!

  2. Thanks Megan! I am absolutely for hire! Just pay for my plane ticket and I'm all yours :)

  3. I love my "new" table, but I miss my handy Mrs.