Asked on Jan 24, 2019

How many coats of polyurethane should I use on my kitchen table?

I am in the process of painting an old tile table to give it an updated look. So far, I have applied two coats of primer and two coats of black paint. I intend to use one more coat of black paint and was thinking that 3-4 coats of polyurethane would be sufficient, however I am not sure about this because the table will get a lot of use as the main eating/storing thing upon surface in the house.



  9 answers
  • William William on Jan 24, 2019

    Three coats of a water based polyurethane should work. Oli based poly, varnish, has a yellow cast to it and will yellow over time.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jan 24, 2019

    With the primer and the paint there I would use 2 layers, but let it dry WELL between layers. 24 hrs should be minimum drying time, I would give it more.

  • GMS GMS on Jan 24, 2019

    I redid a table top recently and did 2 coats and let it dry almost a week before coats, I actually think I may put one more on for good measure

  • GMS GMS on Jan 24, 2019

    but mine wasn't painted it was stripped, then wood stained

  • Ellen Ellen on Jan 25, 2019

    I refinished a table that old shellac on it and I inquired at Ace Hardware that had an employee that has refinished wood furniture for years. This was a kitchen table that if you put a cold glass on you would get a white ring. The advice I got was if I wanted to be able to wipe this down with a sponge after meals and would get heavy wear seven coats with a light sanding between coats would give me the longevity I was looking for as I did not want to refinish this again any time soon. That was over ten years ago and still looks wonderful.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 25, 2019

    Water based only - polycrylic works great for these type of projects. Never use oil based poly products, it will discolor your paint.

  • Tammy barrett Tammy barrett on Jan 25, 2019

    When I did a brown bag decoupage on a large round table I put 6 coats of poly. I find if you want the glass look (super shiny) but it's all in ones preference

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jan 25, 2019

    Usually three coats lightly sanded in between is good enough but if you have the time and energy another coat would give it more protection. Love what you have done already as it is a new idea for an old table, especially with the black..

  • Virginia S. Virginia S. on Jan 26, 2019

    You might try a resin glaze. It is really durable. It looks like a bar top when it's finished.