Posted on Jul 25, 2011 | Comments 0
I might say that there is no greater art than to take something simple and to turn it into something fabulous. The majority of people don’t really give a lot of thought to the tables that they have around the house, but if they did they would realize that their majority could be turned into great vintage looking tables.
To reach your goal all there is needed is a little sandpaper and a new coat of paint. There is one little trick that you shouldn’t forget about when starting a project of this kind: be bold in color.
Naturally you should opt for color that matches the interior of your home. When it comes to color you might be inspired by the items that you have, like the cushions or the artwork.
In case you would like to restore the furniture professionally, it might be quite expensive, and so repainting is considered to be an inexpensive alternative in this case.
Regarding the color, remember that the dark pieces will look quite heavy in case of the modern homes. In the same time, the rustic look will be suitable for numerous homes and it can also be used to lighten the look. The advantage of painting is that in case you don’t like the result, you can repaint anytime.
There are some things that you will need in the restoration process including drop-sheet, three different kinds of sandpaper, sugar soap, sanding block, enamel undercoat, masking tape, acrylic paint, paint brushes, and also matt sealer.
The first thing that you have to do is to place the table on a drop sheet. Sand the back with sandpaper. Then wash the surface well with sugar soap and leave it to dry. In case there are some items that you don’t want to paint, such as the handles, cover them with tape.
There is need to apply to layers of undercoat and then sand back. In case the table has been treated with gloss you should use an enamel undercoat to make sure that there will be no bleed-through.
Choose the color that you would like to use and start painting the table. After you have finished with the first coat, allow it to dry completely and then sand back. This way you will be able to get rid of the ridges that have been caused by the paint brush. Once you are done apply the second coat.
When this coat has dried as well, sand again. It might be a good idea to alternate between the sandpapers to achieve the desired aged look. In case of the edges it might be useful to use small pieces of sandpaper. Through sanding you will be able to reveal the white undercoating in some places.
In the end you should clean the table with a piece of clean cloth and apply two layers of matt sealer to protect the surface and the painting. One coat of sealer needs about 6 hours to dry. Also in this case it is important to allow the coats to dry before applying the next one.
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