Give an old op shop table a new lease of life with a little paint.
- 1 Trolley table, side table, whatever old table suits your style
- 1 Neutral paint for table legs (either a spray can or sample pot)
- 1 Contrasting colour for table top (sample pot works best)
- 1 Bucket of sugar soap and water and a sponge
- 1 Paint brush
- 1 Spray can of clear sealant or tub of mod podge (decoupage glue)
- 1 Old cardboard box or sheet to protect your lawn!
- 1 Piece of sandpaper
- Decide on a piece of furniture that has good lines - an old side table with some detail on the legs is perfect.
- Wash it down with sugar soap and water and let it dry in the sun. If you don't give it a thorough clean, the paint may not adhere. Sand any little splintered spots.
- Put the table on top of your sheet or cardboard to protect your lawn/garage floor (if you're painting inside, make sure you have good ventilation, especially with spray paint). Paint the legs and undersides of the table in a neutral colour. I used a can of oil based spray paint, but a sample pot of wall paint would be just fine.
- Once dry, carefully paint the table top in your contrasting colour.
- Let the table dry for at least 24 hours.
- If you like, rough up the edges with the sandpaper if you like a distressed look. The kids love doing this part. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove paint dust.
- Cover the whole table in a coat of sealant or mod podge. I like to put at least three coats of mod podge over my table top to protect it from coffee cup stains or water.
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