We spent a little time each day letting layers dry before we added another layer. We worked on it from Friday to Thursday and then let it "cure" before the big party.
So without any further ado....here is our table.
Sorry I did not get a before picture but let's just say, the base was in good enough shape but the top was not. Just picture warped, rough and mildewed. We sanded the top until it stopped looking all mildewed and damaged with a fine grit sand paper. It just took a little elbow grease. And then we were ready to begin.
- We purchased 2 cans white spray paint, (primer/satin or gloss finish but it will not matter.)
- 1 can red spray paint and
- 1 can blue spray paint.
- You will also, need a 2 part epoxy pour finish. (Just for your reference I used Enviro Tex Lite Acabado Brillante Pour-On High Gloss Finish I purchased at Hobby Lobby and I used the 32 ounce package for the 38" round table top.)
- Painters tape
- Brown paper (typically used for drop cloth but we will use it to block of areas off the table to protect it from the other color sprays.
- Plastic drop cloth for under the table
- Spray glitter (I think it was something like angel dust glitter.)
- 2 disposable containers
- Popsicle sticks
We sprayed the top of the table several times with the white spray paint. until it did not look streaky. Let it dry overnight.
Cut out a large star shape out of the middle of brown paper. You will be using the negative of the star not the star itself. Tape down the negative image of the star on the table somewhere. Tape close to the brown paper edge carefully so you have a nice star shape of table exposed. Spray it with red paint.
Using spray glitter (I used silver) Spray liberally over the table. Let dry. Now here is where Matthew and I would change what we did. I used the metallic confetti stars in red, white and blue and sprinkled them liberally over the table. BUT when we added the finish the reds and blue colors began to bleed into the finish. Matthew said they looked a little like stars moving. Me? I thought it looked like the stars bled out their color. Check for color fastness before using. The silver stars were perfect. It was just the red and blue that ran. You might try spraying a little polyurethane layer over some of the colored stars and see if that seals them. I have no experience with paper confetti but it might be an option. Be creative. Look on the shelves of the store for something to add to the table or if you want. You might glue family photos or have family members sign the table in various color pens.
It will set up in about 4 hours or so for a dry to touch but at total of 36 hours is needed to let it "cure".
Matthew and I found we needed a second coat to make it more level. We did it on Day 6. You may do additional coats if the finish is uneven. If bubbles form, lean over and breath on the bubble before it starts hardening.. Your carbon dioxide will burst the bubbles.