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Welcome to my Instructable, How to Paint a Side Table! By following these steps, you will learn how to paint an accent table of your choice from start to finish. 

Materials Needed:
  • Side table with wood finish
  • 1-2 cans Krylon primer (additional may be necessary for a larger table)
  • 1-2 cans Krylon spray paint (additional may be necessary for a larger table)
  • Screwdriver to remove hardware
  • Drop cloth
  • Bucket with warm soapy water and sponge or rag
  • Clean towel or rag 
  • Spray gun attachment (optional)

For Safety:
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable face mask
  • Eye-wear

Workspace Needed:
Open and well-ventilated area such as a garage, driveway, basement with windows
If painting outside, be sure to check the weather conditions to avoid rain, snow, or heavy winds affecting your project.

Time Needed:
Overall, this project takes approximately 6 - 8 hours to complete. This allows for prep, priming, painting, and adequate drying time between paint coats. 

Other Things Needed:
A smile and a positive attitude; let the craftiness begin!
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Step 1: Gather.

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  • Gather your materials and move your side table to your workspace.
  • Prep and clear your workspace.
  • Use your drop cloth to designate the area where you will be painting.
  • Make sure you remove anything near this area that could be affected by the spray paint. 
  • For safety, be sure that you are in a well-ventilated area because of the paint fumes. 

Step 2: Scrub.

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  • Scrub the surfaces of your table with warm, soapy water and sponge or rag.
    • Scrubbing your table removes dust and dirt and allows for a clean painting surface.
  • Move bucket of water aside.
  • Dry the surfaces of your table with your clean towel or rag.

Step 3: Remove Hardware.

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  • Pull out the drawers from your table if applicable.
  • Remove any knobs or drawer pulls that your furniture may have.
  • Use your screwdriver to carefully remove hardware and set it aside.
    • Removing hardware will protect it from the paint and will allow for painting behind it.