I rescued this table after an artist threw it out.. Once again i neglected to take a before photo. Suffice to say, it was a pretty plain pine table. Clear gloss varnish and more than a little tatty.
The first thing I did was to spend half an hour sanding it. I wish I had spent an hour sanding it as the varnish that I neglected to sand off shows through… If I were to do it again I would make sure to remove all varnish.
I took of the top of the table to be able to sand it better. as it is fairly cheap pine it had warped. I planned to replace it but wanted to see how it looked after painting.
Once sanded, I washed it with a vinegar and wire wool solution (see here). I was really impressed as soon as I had applied the vinegar as it really makes a difference (again… no photos ). Two days later, I came down to the warehouse with my significant other to make some baskets for our garden. After two days, the vinegar had really done a good job. The wood was now really grey with a much darker grain. Great way to age wood.
I mixed a blue water based paint 2/3 water 1/3 paint to paint the main part of the table. The drawers are in a really nice red that is also mixed in the same ratio.
As soon as I painted the table I rubbed off the paint with a piece of cloth. The paint sets in quickly so you have to be a bit aggressive rubbing off any excess.
Ideally I’d like to run some courses on upcycling… once ive figured out what Im doing 🙂