Easy Fix for Table

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2 Hours

I was able to use a new product to give a wood look to an old table.


This table is a hot mess but it's a perfect size for between my two chairs in my living room. I wiped down everything with denatured alcohol mixed with water .

Remove veneer

Unfortunately one side was pretty damaged with bubbling veneer. The good thing is I was planning on painting anyway so I went ahead and scraped off the extra then sanded smooth.


I painted the base of my table with Retique It furniture paint in Ivory Tower. So easy. 2 coats and it was finished.


Okay this stuff is pretty darn amazing. You can paint right over almost any surface and it will look like stained wood! And if you want it to have even more detail use the wood graining tool.

1st coat

So don't be alarmed if your first coat does not cover everything. Just remember how easy it is to paint this right on. 😁

2nd coat

The second coat definitely covered much more. the instructions tell you to wait 4 hours between coats but honestly I only waited until it was dry to the touch. That was less than 15 minutes. 😳

3rd coat

So while the third coat was applied and wet I went ahead and used the wood grain tool (smaller size for small table) to give it a wood grain look.

The wood grain look

It looks very detailed at first until it dries then it looks truly natural. It will darken as it dries.


I ended up distressing the edges and making it look a little worn with a piece of sandpaper. Then I sealed everything with a coat of polyacrylic. The top came out so good!

If you do not want to strip or sand this is definitely the way to go! I can't wait to try the other wood colors.

One last picture

The whole new look. 😁

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