Hi Elaine, here's how one Hometalker transformed her coffee table with chalk paint! https://www.hometalk.com/1138901/painted-coffee-table-inspired-by-tonya-miller-dean-hemets-1964-coffee-table
You didn't specify if it is wood or fabric but here is some info to help you out.
Sand, prime with a good stain blocking primer, sand again. Go to Sherwin Williams and get a good acrylic paint in the color of your choice. Use General Finishes top coat.
Here's a helpful link on how to redo your coffee table if it has paint on it already:
Hi Elaine. Begin with a clean surface. I recommend using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. This paint eliminates the need to sand or prime. Yay. Good luck Elaine. I wish you well.
Chalk paint is always an easy option when painting furniture.
I have never used chalk paint, but that seems to be a theme out there. Whatever you do, you should ensure the surface is clean (no wax or greasy hand prints). A surface like oak may benefit from a pore filler before painting. Highly textured areas are probably best done with spray paint. We had glass-topped tables with bras bases. I spray painted all with a semi-gloss black spray paint.
Here are some ideas to consider:
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Here’s a dresser that she recently completed will give you an idea of how to take challenged furniture pieces that need a bit of repair before painting. As well as including a link below of all of her projects and a gallery fashion.
Best wishes with your furniture rehab.
Hi Elaine: First of all, you have to take the shiny off. You can either sand it or use something like liquid sandpaper. Then, you can stain or paint it. If you like the wood look, here is a neat site:
Hi Elaine: Check this site. It's about an end table, but the process should be the same:
If you don't need to repair it, scuff with fine steel wool and then clean with either TSP or denatured alcohol. Then prime and paint.
I prefer this route over the chalk paint no prep, even though you don't have to prep I've had some not so great outcomes.
here is a guide that I wrote: https://www.charlestoncrafted.com/how-to-paint-a-dresser/