Ever started a project that turned out to be a bit of a nightmare? Well, this was one of those! When I bought this little table, I mainly bought it for the detail. I mean, just look at the gorgeous legs on this beauty. I should have known then and there what a nightmare .. sorry .. challenge .. it would be to upcycle this beauty.
When I got it home and looked at it, I knew I wanted to strip the top back to the original wood. The paintwork on it was just not great and I wanted to restore its natural look .. I know .. silly me … what was I thinking?!!
I started with sanding the whole thing to remove any loose paint flakes. That in itself just wasn’t going to cut it. So I resorted to the paint and varnish stripper to get ALL the old paint off the top. This is one messy job guys! And super-smelly too .. but totally worth it to get that gorgeous wood grain back on the table top. Ready for some elbow grease??
For the bottom I decided I really wanted a bright happy colour to contrast the dark wooden top. So I opted for my all time favourite colour – turquoise. It always reminds me of holidays 🙂
The Finishing touches
I just love the sheen of the wood, but felt it needed a bit more detail to break up the dark surface. Enter my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a stencil (if you’ve not heard of it – the Silhouette is brilliant for so many projects – check out this lazy Susan make-over as an example!)
For ideas on stencils and graphics, head over to The Graphics Fairy – it’s a great site with loads of designs. I added this to the top and used a light blue acrylic paint to stencil it on before sealing it with varnish.
I distressed the frame and the legs slightly to add a bit of character to the table. Last but not least I used some dark wax to add some contrast and tie the whole thing in with the dark top.
Getting the top back to bare wood was definitely a challenge, but I’m so pleased with the results! I just think it just suits the look of this piece of furniture.
One “Oh-La-La” piece of furniture ready for a new home 🙂
Oh by the way, if you want to see another table make-over, check out this blog post where I bought a £5 table for a quick transformation!
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