Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
I came across an article by a woman named Brittany Raleigh from North Carolina, America, in which she rescued the above table from a dumpster (as the Americans are wont to put it). At the time the table was in pieces, so the first order of business was putting it back together.
Brittany then set about transforming the table with nothing more than a few stencils and three shades of paint. Below is a step-by-step of how she achieved her finished effect. To see the original article, simply click the link Hometalk – Brittany Raleigh.
For revamping tables in this way, you will need the following materials:
- 3 colours of chalk paint
- Stencil brushes
- Painter’s tape
- Sanding paper and/or an electrical sander
DIY: Revamping Tables Steps 1 – 5:
1) Roll on your base colour and allow this to thoroughly dry overnight, before beginning with the stencil work.
2) Tile the stencils on the table surface and secure the stencils with the Painter’s tape, then use the roller to apply your second colour of paint.
3) When this layer of paint is thoroughly dry (again, if you have the patience then perhaps allow to dry overnight), then you will work over the stencilled design and use the stencil brush to pick out bits of the design with your third paint colour.
DIY: Revamping Tables Steps 6-7:
6) When the third layer of paint is thoroughly dry (again, I would suggest that for best results, leave this overnight or for a minimum of 8 hours), then you will give the surface a light sanding to create the streaky/aged effect. Be careful not to sand too deeply or you will remove too much of the design/stencil.
7) Before applying the final coat of varnish/lacquer or even an antique glaze, make sure that the table surface is completely clean and dry. (Depending on which finish you opt for, it might cause a variation in colour – varnish will usually give the colours a somewhat yellowy appearance, while a clear lacquer will keep the colours nice and fresh)
And voila! you have your revamped/upcycled table. The imagery for this particular piece has a decidedly country/shabby chic look and feel, but I’m sure you can achieve any manner of finish through careful selection of your stencil design.
For example, I like the idea of keeping the natural wood-grain of the table for the base, and using a navy or dark colour. This look (see below) is achieved through carving and wood stain, but I am sure that a very similar effect could be achieved with paint: