Here's an oak table from a friend's office. Sorry I don't have an in-place before shot. I took the glass out and brought it home to paint
Oak Side Table Makeover
Giving an old oak table some modern color for an office environment
I used a block sander and 320 grit for the flat surfaces, and green Scotchbrite for the curves and recessed areas.
Here you can see most of the shine is gone. Still a bit of work to do.
I originally primed it with a quality Krylon spray, but being oak ( I really don't like oak) tons of the woodgrain came right through. I went back over with a fill and sand primer to get rid of more of the grain. You can see it has already been applied inside the glass tray edges, and a trace coat on the bottom shelf. The second primer isn't as shiny
Here it is after a better primer, and finished off with a coat of 'Dorian Gray' flat latex paint.
Another view showing how much of the grain has filled between the 2nd coat of primer and the flat gray latex. If had wanted I could have filled in the seams
The existing office has both black and gray accents, so I came up with an idea to 'streak' some black over the gray using flat black enamel paint and a paint sponge. I poured the black onto some newspaper and then brushed out to avoid big globs of paint from my sponge
I moved the sponge the full length of the project to apply the black contrast evenly
I lightly drug a cloth-based paper towel over the black paint to remove any high spots and smooth out what was left
Here's the finished look after smoothing out the black
While I was at it I played with the idea of matching picture frames...
I added several light coats of clear to the table. Take your time or it will bubble up and you'll have to go back several steps and repeat (true story)
Here's the table with some clearcoat. I'm not completely sold on the look myself, I wanted the 'streaks' to be finer, but don't pass any judgement just yet. Wait til you see it .....
Sitting in the office. The colors work well here. Sure I could do better if I tried again, but I'm happy with the results (and glad to have this out of the garage!).
Comment if you have ideas or techniques to improve the next one