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How to revive a dated bedside table

Mar 02, 2017

A FRENCH AFFAIR

DatedBedsideTable DIY


Use this tranquil shade of light grey to breathe new life into a dated bedside table.

Revive a dated bedside table
The bedside table before


YOU NEED: 
Plascon Universal Undercoat and Velvaglo Water-Based tinted to Light Grey Aluminium (EC 44).

Other: Sandpaper (80 grit), 2 x 50mm paintbrushes, artist’s oil colour in Raw Umber, turpentine and a roll of mutton cloth.

TIME NEEDED:

Two days (to allow for drying time between coats).

STEP 1:

Prepare the pedestal by sanding and applying the Universal Undercoat. Then paint two coats of Velvaglo Water-Based Light Grey Aluminium, making sure to allow each coat to dry.

Revive a dated bedside table

STEP 2:

Squeeze a coin-size of the Raw Umber into a small jar and mix in a small amount of turpentine to make a runny consistency. Apply a thin coat to the pedestal, making sure you paint the corners and edges, which would naturally age.

Revive a dated bedside table

STEP 3:

While still wet, gently wipe off the umber leaving some streaks, especially in the corners and crevices. Use a brush to push the leftover umber into the crevices and areas that would darken naturally with age.

Revive a dated bedside table

PHOTOGRAPHS: SALLY CHANCE PRODUCTION: SUMIEN BRINK WORDS: ANNE ROSELT PAINT EFFECTS: TARYN-LEE FIELD