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 legs on this beauty. However, 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 .. what was I thinking? But, I’m always up for a challenge!
I started with sanding the whole thing to remove any loose paint flakes, before resorting 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.
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!!) 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 🙂 I hope you guys enjoyed it. If you could do me a favour and pin it to Pinterest for me? Thanks so much!!
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!