My coffee table painting project has finally slouched toward an ignominious conclusion—to paraphrase da Vinci, it was not completed, merely abandoned.
As you might recall, I decided to do a quickie paint job on the top of my unfinished wood table with spray paint. My results were simply ghastly.
I spent a number of hours and a large quantity of sweat sanding and scraping it down before I carefully applied glossy white paint with a regular paint brush.
Not much better. The combination of high heat and low humidity on the day I painted made for quick-drying paint and a nicely pronounced brush pattern. Even three coats could not smooth it out and I didn’t have the energy or inclination to sand the whole thing down again.
I took to the internet for advice and found a tip on Pinterest to the effect that if you use a roller and apply the paint in only one direction, you’ll get a nice, smooth surface. So I went right out to Home Depot and, for less than $2, procured a miniature roller and tray kit to finally finish the job.
So tiny! So cute! So clever am I!
This was tricky to photograph and I’m not sure I quite captured it, but basically what I have now after no fewer than seven coats of paint is a slightly stippled roller pattern over a deeply grooved (but at least reasonably even) paintbrush pattern. I know when I’ve been beaten.
So I have abandoned the painting, put the coffee table back together, washed out my brush, tossed the roller kit in the trash, and determined that the next piece of furniture I buy will be already painted! I have a lot of handy skills and talents, but clearly furniture finishing is not one of them.