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Table progress…

Well, I was hoping to do this all in one post, but this blasted table is taking FOREVER to finish!!

Here is my kijiji table after I sanded it down (but before I washed it down…):

So I washed it and primed it with this:

And then I started painting it Cloud White by Benjamin Moore in their Aura paint (matte finish).
Ok so… has anyone used Aura? I have painted furniture white before using normal latex paint and have found 2 coats enough. I currently have at least 3 on there, with possibly 1 more coat needed. Is it just me? Just my table? Or is it the paint? I picked Aura because it takes 2 weeks less to cure before I can poly over it, and it is low VOC, considering we will eat off it. But seriously…. this table feels like it will never be finished!!!!
After these pics I sanded it down again and added another coat. I do like how it is looking… I just hope the paint ends up smooth enough, it’s hard to tell in a dark basement – compared the the sunny kitchen it will be standing in eventually!!

And… just cause they are too cute… Juno and Knox. Auntie Sarah is very brave, and we appreciated it greatly! What a darling baby to snuggle!!
Knox and Juno

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  • Reply Debbie April 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I was soooo going to ask you about the table!

    So, I don’t know the name of the paint we used from Benjamin Moore but it was whatever their low VOC paint is…hmmm Natura maybe…

    Let me tell you! We ended up spending nearly $250 just on paint for Ruby’s room. We wanted to do it right, so we used their fresh start primer… it took 2 coats… then I decided to spring for the low VOC and they told me it covered as well as the other…well it’s $79 a can! And it took 3 stinking coats (and in some places…you can still see the white primer underneath…I put the crib in front of that spot.

    Also….we only got about 1 and 2/3 coats out of one can…so yep…we had to buy a second can.

    Guess how big Ruby’s room is…it’s small….less than 10 x 10…and we couldn’t even get two coats out of a can of that stuff. AAAND to top it all off it was a very light colour…so… shouldn’t have needed so much…

    It would look fine while we were painting, but as it dried it’s like it shrunk..and it ended up looking like if does if you use a dry roller…you know?

    We did the other bed room…. did it a really really saturated teal colour…did one coat with some Debbie Travis paint from Canadian tire that was $35 and it was totally covered…. we did another coat just because we felt like we should…but one was really fine…and we still have some paint left in the one can for touch ups if we need it… no primer even used.

    Also…same with our bathroom with the Canadian Tire paint…on sale for $24…. two coats…totally covered… looked fine after one…

    So… one room $250 of paint… other room..same size… $35 of paint…

    I now go to Canadian tire…and buy regular latex paint (for as long as they’ll let us) I’ve sworn off Benjamin Moore and low VOC.

    Super cute Juno and Knox pic!!!

    • Reply Christa April 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      I think Aura is supposed to be like 1 coat coverage, like super thick, etc. And I HAVE noticed that it is thick, but… ? I’m also wondering if it’s the matte finish that is throwing me off. Like if I got it in the sunlight the coverage would be ok, it’s just the finish I’m not used to? I have always used a semi-gloss on furniture, but I went with Matte because I am using a Satin poly on top.

      I did remember you saying how crazy Ruby’s room was to paint with the low VOC…. can’t believe it cost that much and covered that badly!!!! I’ve enjoyed BM’s (oh my… that just made me laugh…) I’ve enjoyed Benjamin Moore’s regular paint and found the coverage to be superior to say, Behr and Rona brands in the past… but I’m still not sure about this one.

  • Reply Debbie April 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    ..and why does your blog still say “no comment” right above my posted comments….. lol….

    • Reply Christa April 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I have it set so I approve all the comments first. I get a lot of lame spam comments. haha, I can even edit your comment. I could make you say anything I want!! Oh the power of being the admin!!! 🙂

  • Reply Debbie April 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Yeah…So many people (like you…and…hmmmm I can’t remember…but so many) have told us wonderful things about Benjamin Moore’s stuff….so…I decided to splurge…because it’s for the baby!
    I’m sure their regular stuff really is amazing…but…I’m just too bitter now to try it …hahahaha…

    …so funny…I have comment moderation on too…I just didn’t realize it would look like it was posted to the person who posted it…
    Bahahaha… you could make me say all kinds of funny stuff… (Muahahahahaha insert maniacal laughter here)

  • Reply Jon April 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Can’t wait to use it! It will brighten up that area of the kitchen. And it will be nice to not hit my hips on the corners of that square table….

  • Reply Lisa @ Just the 6 of us April 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I used Aura here to paint trim before Christmas, and I still had to use two coats, so I don’t think it covers better, even if it is thicker. But in your case I have a feeling it’s the matte that’s throwing you off. It’s not shiny or smooth at all and it’s typically used for ceilings because you don’t want the light shining off it so it hides flaws better. So the finished product won’t feel smooth, but will probably bind better to your poly that you’ll put on top.

    But the table itself is looking great, I can’t wait to see it finished!

    • Reply Christa April 6, 2011 at 11:14 am

      hmmm… I wonder what it will be like then with the matte paint. Will the satin poly give it a smoother finish do you think?

  • Reply Jon April 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I still need convincing over the chairs you want to get…. 😉

    • Reply Christa April 7, 2011 at 11:38 am


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