This Formica table has been in my family for many years. I’m not even sure when my Mom got it. I just know that it served her faithfully for a long time in her ultra-organized, neat and tidy craft room – and now it happily resides here.
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For a while, this bright yellow Formica table sat in storage. Then it served as the Lego table for my four boys. (and it SURVIVED! Thank you, Formica, Queen of Indestructibility). Now, I’ve decided to commandeer the Play Room and turn it into my office. Hail, my own little version of the She-Den. 😉
Formica Table Before
The Formica table was sturdy, adequately sized and perfect for the space. Except for one small thing…
(Please pardon the poor quality pic. In my haste to get started on this project, I failed to get a good “before” photo. Apologies all around.)
…it was YELLOW.
I can’t even.
Not for my office.
*Side note: (Did you know you can buy uber-cute, modern Formica tables? The adorableness is too much!)
At first, I thought I’d just put a pretty tablecloth over it and call it good (it would have been faster). But then I realized that since I would be doing all my work at this table, a tablecloth would scootch around and make me crazy. It would forever be askew and drive me to distraction. Then my mind fondly turned to paint. I adore paint. (As if you didn’t know that already). 😉 Remember when I painted my nasty old linoleum kitchen floors? Those floors are holding up like iron and I remembered that I had leftover paint in the workshop (click here for the paint I used).
Painting a Formica Table
I decided to use the lighter color grey paint (I had my paint color matched) on my Formica table. So I cleaned the table well using this cleaner, ran and got my paint and favorite paintbrush, threw down a drop cloth and went to town.
Wait. Didn’t I forget something???!! P.R.I.M.E.R?!?!
I didn’t prime my floors (per the paint store guy’s instructions) and they’re holding up fantastically well. So I didn’t prime the Formica table either. I started with the feet and skirt of the table, then proceeded to the top. It *almost* covered in one coat, but needed a second. No big deal. I’ve never actually met a paint that DID cover in one coat. 😉
I *should* have rolled the top, but I didn’t. (impatient much?) I will say that there are a few visible brush strokes, but the non-perfectionist in me doesn’t mind them. They’re SO minimal. If brush strokes bug you, just use a small foam roller and you’ll have no brush marks.
I also *should* have taped off the sides and legs with painters’ tape, too….but nope. Couldn’t be bothered to take time for that, either. LOL! I just applied the paint carefully around those areas and all was well. Sometimes you just gotta run with it and throw those “shoulds” out the window. 😉
Finished Formica Table
I absolutely love the new look of my Formica table. I’d wish I could show you a full-on, beautifully staged shot with all my desk accoutrements and oddities stylishly arranged…however, this paint needs TEN DAYS to fully cure. (Pure torture for impatient me). So you (and I) will have to wait for the beauty shot. We can be impatient together. 😉 After I let it fully cure, I will be so happy to write to you from this sweet table overlooking our back yard, where I can see our plants growing in my raised bed gardens and watch my boys playing our outdoor tic tac toe game. Stay tuned for more projects as I transform this space from a Playroom to my Office/She-Den. 😀
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