Jazz Up Your Old Dining Table with Some Epoxy

If you are bored of your old plain dining table, why not give it some va-va-voom with epoxy?
Christopher McFadden

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 Bored of your bog-standard dining table? Then why not jazz it up a bit with this great epoxy effect?

The process is pretty simple, and the results are, quite frankly, stunning. Read on to find out more.  

epoxy tabletop complete
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Like any project of this nature, you will need some tools and materials to get you started. 

The first step is to mix up the epoxy primer, as shown in the video. Be sure to follow the instructions to ensure the consistency is correct before applying it to any surface -- like your dining tabletop. 

epoxy dining table primer
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The kit should come with all the equipment you need for this process, including mixing sticks and mixing cups, etc. If not, use a scrap piece of wood and some standard pint-sized plastic cups. 

Once mixed to the right consistency, pour the primer into a roller tray, soak a standard paint roller in the epoxy, and begin to apply evenly and smoothly to the surface in question. 

epoxy dining table roller
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Cover all surfaces of the tabletop, including the edges. Make sure you get a nice, even, and complete coverage of all surfaces you want epoxy-effect treated. This will enable the epoxy to adhere and cure properly later. 

This stage may take a few coats. 

epoxy dining table surface
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Next, tape off all edges of the table to create a barrier for the epoxy product. Make sure you create a lip above the surface of the table, as shown in the video. 

Ensure the tape is securely fastened to the table -- you don't want any leaks. 

epoxy table finish tape
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As with the primer, this may take a few layers of masking tape. Ensure you keep the tape taught as you go around the table perimeter.

With that complete, it is time to mix up the main epoxy colors. Depending on the effect you are after, mix up all colors, as needed and instructed. 

epoxy tabletop mix epoxy
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Again, you should be supplied with the buckets, etc, needed, but if not use some old buckets and other large plastic containers do so. Also, make sure you do this in a well-ventilated space or where a fume-protecting mask and other safety gear like gloves. 

Mix well using a paddle or a suitable drill attachment for a power drill. 

epoxy tabletop mix
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Now, grab a pencil, or a marker pen, and roughly sketch out the pattern you want on the primer surface. This doesn't have to be too precise, it is just a guide to help you follow when you free pour the epoxy. 

If you have ever painted model airplane kits, you can like this part to sketching out camouflage patterns prior to painting. 

Now begin to pour the epoxy colors as shown. Start with the base metallic colors and follow the sketched lines you made previously. Again, you don't need to be super precise here. 

epoxy table top free pour
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Now, begin to add in the other colors, as desired. Use smaller containers if you want more control over the width of the poured lines, but this is completely up to you. 

epoxy tabletop pour 1
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Just let your creative juices flow here. The epoxy is self-leveling and will mix to a certain extent as it settles. Add hints of white in places too, if desired. 

Continue until all parts of the tabletop have been covered with epoxy. 

epoxy table top pour all
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Once complete, spray the surface, and use narrow pieces of wood, or plastic, to trace lines through the curing epoxy for added detail.

epoxy tabletop lines
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With that complete, allow the epoxy to cure a little while, and then remove the masking tape from all edges of the table. It will still be a little wet around the edges, but don't worry about that as you want it to run down the sides anyway. 

Allow it to do this and then wait for the epoxy to completely cure. 

Once dry, sand down, or cut off, any excess bits (like drip marks) of epoxy from the underside surface of the table. Unless that is, you like the look of it. 

epoxy table top sand
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Next, buff up the main tabletop surface and sides using a motorized buffer. Again do this in a well-ventilated space using the appropriate equipment. You may want to get a buffer with a vacuum attachment. 

epoxy tabletop buff
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Spray down all buffed surfaces once again, and polish up with a rag, as shown in the video. 

epoxy table top polish
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Next, mix up the urethane sealant and varnish solution, as shown. Again, since this is a chemical, take the appropriate precautions at all times and follow the instructions. 

Pour into another roller tray and apply to all epoxy-treated surfaces with a roller. Once again this may take a few coats, but make sure you get a nice, even, and complete coverage of the epoxy. 

epoxy tabletop varnish
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Allow it to dry and cure, and with that your custom-epoxy dining table surface is complete! Now all you need to do is invite some friends round to enjoy your handy work together.