12/06/2014

DIY vintage style painted table – before and after

I spotted a little dark wood table at a car boot last summer and immediately saw its vintage, shabby chic potential. I love the distressed painted furniture look, and after buying the table for just £2 I figured I couldn’t go wrong. It took me a lot longer than planned to get round to painting it, but now it’s finished I couldn’t be more pleased! The darker wood looks great underneath the chipped white paint.


This was the first time I’ve bothered to use primer paint when painting furniture and it definitely meant I could get away with fewer coats, plus it seemed to give a nice smooth base for the paint layers. So I might be a primer convert, unless I can suddenly afford nice Annie Sloan paint of course!

Top tip: when distressing your painted piece with sandpaper alternate between using the paper as normal and by wrapping it round a block of wood or similar (I used a particularly chunky screwdriver handle). By wrapping the sandpaper round something sturdy the paint chips in different sizes and shapes to when simply sanding, giving a more realistic distressed look.

Before


After

7 comments:

  1. Looks great! Definitely a good buy for £2!

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    1. Thanks. Car boots are great for cheap furniture :)

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  2. This is stunning! What a cheeky little find!
    Catherine x | Brighton Girl

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  3. It looks lovely!! Primer is excellent, but did you know you can DIY Annie Sloan chalk paint by mixing some plaster of Paris into regular paint? So much cheaper, and you can make any shade you want! xxx

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    1. Oh going to have to try that! I've got my sights set on our cheap looking wooden bed frame next! xxx

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