Make it Monday: upcycling an old trinket table

Make it Monday: upcycling an old trinket table


Posted 9th Jul 2018

This lovely little trinket table was picked up for only £5 at a local car boot sale and following a quick recycling job, it's now rocking an aged green style patina upcycle - here Helen Johnson from the Decorating Centre explains how you can do it for yourself

You will need

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint 125ml Emerald
Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint 125ml Graphite
Rust-Oleum Furniture Wax Clear 125ml
Rust-Oleum Furniture Wax Dark 125ml 

Sanding Pads
Brush
Old Rag

Directions

1 To create an aged and rustic finish you need to build up layers. I gave the table a first coat in graphite, then a second coat in emerald with a final third coat of emerald darkened slightly with a touch of graphite (did you know you can mix the colours to create your own!). 

2 Its time to sand and distress. Start with a fine sanding pad and go rougher if you need to. Gently rub away at the areas which are the most likely to have been naturally distressed (for us it was the legs and corners!). As you rub away you will start to see the layers of paint you've built up show through. TOP TIP: distressing is your choice, sand as much or as little as you like, there aren't any rules.

3 Time to apply the wax which will really enhance the colour. 

Tip: apply a coat of clear wax first, brushing it on and buffing with an old rag/cloth. Then apply a layer of your dark wax. If you do it in this way, the clear wax helps to prevent the stain in the dark wax from directly penetrating the chalk paint.

As you buff the dark wax you will notice a richer depth of colour develop. 

4 Apply a final coat of clear wax as an added layer of protection and to seal the lovely patina you have created. 

Tutorial courtesy of Helen Johnson from the Decorating Centre





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