Because eating dinner on a table that says "EAT" is just awesome.
This summer, my neighbor decided to sell her dining room table to upgrade to something bigger. With a price tag of $20, I couldn't resist. I snatched it up with big plans in mind.
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I covered the sides of the table with ScotchBlue Painter's Tape to guard against paint drips.
To really make the letters pop, I painted the table top with three coats of cream, latex-based paint. I didn't paint it perfectly or even cover the table completely because I planned on distressing it later.
I waited until the paint was dry to peel off the contact paper. This was a mistake...peel it off when the paint is still a little wet. I think you'd get cleaner lines.
For the finishing touches, I sanded down certain areas and the edges to the wood grain. Then I wiped a few layers of stain over the top, focusing on the areas where the wood grain showed through. The stain seeped into the cracks and crevices of the painted surface, giving it an "old world feel."
When the stain was dry, I covered the top with three coats of polyurethane. Follow the instructions on the back of your particular brand. Mine required four hours of dry time and a light sanding in between coats.