DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life by Gilbert de Rooij

Coffee table Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
Before you read this little DIY, I want to make sure that this is not an advertisement spot or advertorial. I just want to share my experience and enthusiasm on a project. And this project is upcycling an old coffee table that my parents had since I was 4 years old. The whole idea of painting this table and giving it a new look and character started when I stumbled upon a video by Annie Sloan about painting with chalk paint. The video is called ‘The paint, the person – Chalk Paint®‘. Why Annie Sloan? Well she developed Chalk Paint® [eco-friendly] and waxes that are so fantastic to work with and can be used without sanding down or pre-treatment of the object.
Like I said, the paint is so great and therefore easy to work with, that it’s just fun to look for new objects to give a make-over after you finished one. The first object I tried to paint was this Coffee Table. The Chalk Paint® is so much different than any other paint. It’s different in the way and the time it takes to dry, the structure, the surface, the look and the way you can paint.
And then there are many techniques and colors one can use to give it a certain look.

How to give a Coffee Table a Second Life

This is what you’ll need:

  • Chalk Paint®
  • Soft Wax and a brush or cloth to apply
  • A brush – use a synthetic bristle brush, small for the inside corners and a not too small one so it’s easier to apply, but not too big so you can still handle it.
  • Fine sandpaper – 120 grade is good
  • Cloth to remove too much wax

With this project I wanted to give this object a used vintage look. Because the original Coffee Table has a dark color it was easy to accomplish this. Just by sanding down the paint layer at special spots you get a nice used effect. If your object has a light colour you could use a dark colour Chalk Paint® first to cover it with a second lighter colour. That way you can sand down the top colour and get the same result.
The project comes down to painting 2 layers, sanding down, waxing, wiping away too much wax and polish the piece the next day for a nice shine.
That’s it. Hope this will give you that little push to Do It Yourself! Let me know.
DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
The tools I used: Chalk Paint®, Soft wax, brushes, sandpaper, cork block, cloth.

DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
The original old Coffee Table. I started with the legs, sides and finished with the top.

DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
A close-up of the painted table. You can see the strokes and difference in colouring. This gives it the special character.

DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
After the second paint layer is dry, you can take the sandpaper, and if you like the cork block, to sand down on particular parts to get the vintage look.

DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
Don’t be afraid to use the sandpaper. If you don’t like it you can always retouch it with the Chalkpaint®.

DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
Photos © Gilbert de Rooij

And here’s the finished product.

DIY by Gilbert de Rooij | upcycleDZINE

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