Painting wood furniture for an even, durable finish.
April 24, 2009 4:56 PM Subscribe
I'm going to be making this
Parsons side table of poplar and MDF soon (Popular Mechanics link). How can I get the painted finish like the one in the picture?
posted by jroybal to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The top is MDF and the rest is a series of 3/4" thick lengths of poplar. I like how the one pictured on the linked page looks so monolithic with a very even and slightly glossy finish. I've gathered from a few web pages that I should use several coats of an oil-based primer, especially along the edges of the MDF, and several coats of an oil-based paint. Oil-based products apparently level out better. Yes or no? A few more specific questions:
1. What sandpaper grit should I use between coats?
2. What level of gloss/type of paint should I use? I leaning towards semi-gloss.
3. What about some sort of clear coat protectant finish? Polyurethane? Would that make it more durable, which would be helpful since this will be living room furniture?
Tips, tricks, critique, advice would be much appreciated!