How to upcycle an old table
Do you like home decor and upcycling? It’s one of my passions. I so enjoy finding unique items for the home and also upcycling an item. Read how I upcycle.
A while ago I was in need of a new coffee table to suit my lounge. Perusing the furniture shops I just could not find the right table for me. I like my furniture to be built well in order for it to last so I tend to look out for solid items. I saw a couple of coffee tables which may have worked for me and they started at £500. I decided to look online for second-hand furniture that I could up-cycle.
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When it comes to money I try to be as savvy as possible. I have quite a beady eye for finding a bargain that is able to look more expensive to what I originally paid. Whilst searching the “for sale” sites online, I found a very used and stained wooden coffee that was varnished. The person selling wanted £15 but I offered £10. He immediately said yes so I went along to pick it up. I looked it over and looked grimy and would need some work, but definitely something I could work with as it was solid wood. I gave the gentleman my £10 and I felt good that I could start work on my new project. I never spend too much on an item for a project just in case it doesn’t work. If it went horribly wrong, then I really have not lost much at all.
Prepping – How to upcycle an old table
I came home and put the table in the garage and started prepping. I used an electric sander and also sanding paper for little areas. I do recommend an electric sander as this did save a lot of time. I did this over many evenings as there were some quite deep scratches. I made sure a wore a respiratory mask to protect myself. It’s actually quite a work out for your body when sanding too.
Once sanded, I then cleaned the table to get rid of any dust with wipes which I purchased at the DIY store. I then set to work. I thought for this project I would try spray paint for wood. I purchased a couple of cans and a primer spray and started spraying. This was my first attempt at spray painting. I did this in fine sprays at the recommended distance and coated several layers, waiting in-between for each coat to completely dry. This took a fair few evenings but within a week. Voila, a new table. It is so important to make sure the room is well ventilated when spraying.
I was amazed at how the spray paint went on so even and how the table had transformed. At the time we were living in a home with lots of cream colours and it went perfectly with my surroundings.
Picture of the table once completed. What do you think?
Costs – How to upcycle an old table
- £10 for table
- Approximately £30 for spray paint and primer
- £5 sanding sheets
- £2 wipes
Since I have done this, we have moved and I am looking to resand and perhaps choose either a bright white or a chalky grey to suit the home. Currently undecided.
For sanding, I found using an electric sander like this very handy- link (click on photo for the price)
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