Thursday 5 June 2014

Up Cycled and Re Cycled Table Rescue

Thanks for stopping by, Life has been a little busy here recently but I did find a little time to save two broken tables and create one new one using Decoarts Chalk Finish Paints.
The legs started life as one of a pair and were part of an old dinning room table,sadly the top of this table had seen better days but the legs were still worth saving as they have such a great shape and I love the feet.

Here Is What You Will Need:

This is what the leg looked like before.

I started by wiping down and cleaning the legs, I then gave them a rough coat of Everlasting, I wanted to cover the wood but wanted to keep the brush strokes quite random and did not mind if it looked a little patchy in places, this all adds to the aged look in the end.

At this stage I did not have a top to go with this table and thought of going for a more neutral look and thought I would just distress the white using the dark wax.

I gave the legs a good coat of the clear wax first, It is important if you are going to use a dark wax that you first paint a layer of the clear wax, this stops the dark wax from staining the paint underneath.

When distressing with the dark wax I always have plenty of kitchen roll handy. I worked on the legs in sections as the wax dries fairly quickly,again I was quite hap hazard with the brush strokes and applying the wax thicker in some places, working it into mouldings.Just let it dry for a few minutes.
Using a scrunched up kitchen towel I just lightly started to wipe away and smear the wax till I got the look I liked, you can always add more wax once it has dried and repeat if you like.

At this stage I was lucky enough to be walking past a pub (as you do) and in the beer garden I spotted a broken table, 5 minutes latter after a quick chat with the land lord I walked out with table top for free :)
I am unsure what wood it is but it's nice and heavy and has walnut written on the bottom. The top of the table had the usual scratches and marks that all good pub tables have so it needed to be sanded back down to bare wood.I used an electric sander on this, it took a little work but I think it was well worth the effort.

as it was

half and half

The end result.It was dusted of and given 4 coats of the clear cream wax letting the wax dry between coats.

Here it is on top of the legs, this combination just was not working for me,it was just to light,there needed to be more of a contrast.Feeling brave I thought I would go for a bold colour and went for a green that had not really been a favourite of mine (till I finished this project anyway)
Using the same steps as above I coated the legs in Fortune, I have to admit it looked pretty garish at this point ;)

I grabbed a sanding block and started to sand away in areas, picking out the edges and larger flat surfaces. In places I took the paint down to the original wood and others I just went down to the white.
The feet were also given a light sanding to bring out some of the details.

 At this point I started to feel a little better about my choice.
Waxing was next, I followed exactly the same steps as before.Once the wax had dried over night the legs were buffed and the top was attached.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. xx


  1. stunning. love your project..normally don not like green but I do like this one.Beautiful

  2. Looks great! I like the green.:)

  3. Looks Great Mark. The green was a good choice.

  4. Great upcycling! Love that bold green - really makes a change. Jenny x

  5. Very impressive Mark, the ageing on the legs is fantastic, love this! Anne x

  6. I love that green!! Fabulous table makeover, Mark.

  7. Fabulous Mark, the finished outcome is wonderfully different and so worth the risk of making it green, you did a great job xxx

  8. Love what you have done. Could you maybe make your lettering lighter as I have trouble reading how you did it with dark letters on a dark background.

  9. Two Become One (no, no, not a Spice Girls reference - urgh!) - what a brilliant transformation and amalgamation - love it!
    Alison xx

  10. A fabulous makeover Mark, I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

  11. looks great...

  12. looks great...I met you at the fair at Hampton court and bought some paints from you... you were very helpful...since buying the paints I have up cycled a few projects and thoroughly enjoyed doing so...

    1. That's brilliant. Find me on Facebook and show me what you have painted x.