I stopped by Clark Paint - our newest sponsor - for a little advice. I wanted a shiny surface in a color I described as "Brown that's almost black". Since the table will get a lot of use, Clark recommended oil -based paint for its durability. They mixed me up a quart.
This is the first time I've used oil based paint. It's application is so forgiving as compared to acrylic paint! I caught drips and smoothed out brush strokes easily that would have already dried to sticky blobs with acrylic paint.
Of course, oil paint smells more toxic than a seventeen year old girl's perfume, but hey.
I applied two very thin coats on day one and two more coats on day two. I started the process outside, but had to move into the basement, as every litle breeze or thought bubble brought dust, pollen, seed pods and sawdust to the wet painted surface. So now the basement smells like oil paint. Which is - I guess - what basements should smell like? Here's the 'before.'
Then, using 180 grit sandpaper, I roughed up the surface evenly and used a tack cloth to remove ALL specks of dust and paint debris.