Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How to create a rustic finish on a wooden side table

With a new coat of paint and a little sandpaper treatment, battered finds can acquire fresh character and tired, familiar furniture pieces gain new life. The process offers the twin appeal of ageing and renewal, and can be applied to any piece of timber furniture, including cheap pine – shabby chic!

We found this great DIY tutorial to revamp an old table at HomeLife, and can be carried out in just one weekend. The trick is to be bold with colour while making sure to choose tones that will work with your interior. Take inspiration from accessories in the room, such as cushions or artwork.

Sugar soap
Three different grades of sandpaper (100 grit, 180 grit, 320 grit)
Cork or sponge sanding block
Low-tack masking tape
Enamel undercoat
Matt acrylic paint (Porter's Paints Eggshell Acrylic in Jodphur Blue)
Paint brushes (at least one 25mm brush)
Matt sealer

Hints and Tips: Ask your local hardware store for specific advice on treatment or materials best suited for your table.

1. Place your furniture on a drop-sheet. Sand the piece back with 100 grit sandpaper. Wash the surface well, using sugar soap, then allow to dry. Cover any areas you don't want to get paint on (such as drawer handles) with tape. Apply two coats of undercoat then sand back. (Because our table had been treated with a gloss, we used an enamel undercoat to prevent any bleed-through.)

2. Start painting with your chosen colour. (We used the Porter's Acrylic and applied it with a 25mm brush, using cross-hatch strokes.) After the first coat, allow paint to dry completely then lightly sand back with 180 grit sandpaper, to remove ridges formed by brush strokes. Apply a second coat.

3. When the second coat of paint is completely dry, give the table a light sand with 320 grit sandpaper. We alternated between the 180 and 320 grit sandpapers for the final stage, until the desired aged look was achieved. Use small pieces of sandpaper to concentrate on the edges, curves and details of the furniture. Sand evenly to reveal the white undercoat and some of the timber.

4. Wipe table down with a clean cloth then apply two coats of matt sealer for protection. Be sure to allow enough time for the sealer to dry in between coats – six hours should be enough.

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