I capitalized on a few warm spring days and painted my grandmother's table mint, as planned! She received this table as a wedding gift in the 1950s but gave it to me years and years ago when I was on the hunt for a round nightstand. She was actually using it but moved what was on it to another table so I could have it. Don't I have the sweetest, most giving grandmother?
I have continuously loved this table over the years, but it had some rust and worn paint so a freshening up was in order. My grandma and I decided mint green would look pretty, and keep the vintage vibe. I had a hard time finding a nice mint green spray paint, though. Some were too apple green, some too sage. I thought I scored with a Liquitex shade, but I'm not entirely sold because it's a bit duller than I hoped.
- First I lightly sanded the table, especially areas with rust, with a fine sandpaper.
- I pushed off the rubber feet and also slid off the brass coiled detail to make painting easier.
- Next I wiped the table down with a damp cloth and let it dry.
- I used Tremclad metal primer (in grey) and gave the whole table an even coat of primer, doing the underside first and then flipping it over to do the top.
- I let the primer dry for 48 hours and then used Liquitex spray paint in chromium oxide green 6 (I have a whole post on the pros and cons of this brand of spray paint), again doing the underside first and then flipping it over to do the top.
- I let the table dry 48 hours before bringing it upstairs and putting the glass top back on.
I usually use the Liquitex over a white base for more vivid colour, but the Tremclad grey was such a light shade of grey it almost looked white. I'm wondering, though, if it did dull the colour, even if I did apply multiple coats of the mint shade. In any case, the paint finish turned out great.
The baseboard heaters seem to pop out at me even more, now that the table is a lighter colour, but painting them all white is on this summer's to-do list. Even if I'm on the fence on the shade of mint, it does seem to pair really well with the chair, which reads as mint but is a pale green and aqua pattern.
P.S. Because I pinned a thousand or so mint tables to my Pinterest boards (check out this post for the really literal "mint table" I found) before embarking on this minty makeover, I'm linking up to this season's Pinterest Challenge! I'm linking this project up to Young House Love, Bower Power, Sparkle Meets Pop, and Red Bird Blue.