So i’m kinda tired of how my coffee table looks – it’s not really adding anything to my living room and the colour is quite dark – not to mention the cracking varnish due to my ‘inability’ to use coasters – LOL!! I knew my husband would be right one day.. damn!!
But I probably subconsciously destroyed it so I could get my hands on it and transform it into a masterpiece.
This project is definitely a step up from the last (Dining Chair Facelift) it took a lot longer and needs some elbow grease... and defo had a few more breaks...
Unfortunately the weather is still too cold for me to use the workshop (until I get a heater in there) so living room it is!
It’s always good to start by getting all your tools and materials together so that you don’t get into the grove of things and have to stop – cause you just might not even go back to it..
Here’s what I used:
Dust sheet (or plastic sheet – when you think you wanna get rid of that old bed spread don’t – keep it in your shed/ tool area/ etc for times like these – you’ll be surprised how many things you need an old cloth for)
Paints - White for under coat - Chinoise for top coat (we used this colour on our walls in the hallway & going up the stairs under the dedo rails – see pic below – this is the colour I spoke of in the Dining Chair blog – that we are kinda using throughout the house in various forms to pull the whole house scheme together)
Sander(& sanding sheets – I’ve got a Black & Decker)
Furniture Wax(Fiddes Clear wax for chalk painted and wooden furniture)
Alright then, let’s get started.. lay your dust sheet under your table making sure to cover a larger area than just the table size – like a foot or so more around the table.
I very lightly sanded the table but really it’s not necessary if you are planning to apply a few coats of new paint. And it means you don’t get dust all over the place – BONUS!
After a quick wipe down with a damp cloth, I made sure the table was dry before a started with the white undercoat – I did 2 coats of this... I painted the legs first and then moved onto the top of the table. I even had to lay on my back in places to get into all the nooks and crannies – boy was that a wakeup call – my youth is fading... lol
1st layer of undercoat
2nd layer of undercoat
Apply topcoat layers, then once dry sand areas like corners, around the groves or anywhere you fancy to get the distressed/ aged look. This is your table for your home so you can choose how little or much you want to distress.
Dust off the excess after sanding and get waxing – apply a thin coat of clear furniture wax using a clean cloth – wiping deep into the nooks.. leave to dry naturally for a day or so just to be sure.
If you are like me and lack patience at times – then use a craft dryer to dry the layers before adding the next layer or indeed before the final sanding. I bought a great little dryer from Hobbycraft for a tenner and it’s been great for drying paint – glue – all sorts, so that I can get on with projects.
Final Look – my revamped Coffee Table!! Let me know what you think..
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