HOW I REDESIGNED MY BALCONY TABLE

As you already know I moved 3 months ago and I talked about some DIY's I planned for my new hom which I can't do because I'm broke - actually this didn't change but I had enough money to do a first DIY and I wanted to share this with you!

 

Five months ago I found a beautiful art nouveau table with typical green frame and a glass top, I immediately fell in love with it even when I was originally looking for something in white, but the wrong colour is not an obstacle, right? Apart from the colour, I have a deep hatred for glass tables - the sound when you put a waterglass on a glass plate gives me goose bumps every single time *shudder*.

 

So I went to a DIY market and ordered customised cut wood that I could replace the glass plate with. I also bought white paint for the frame but I bought a bit more because I planned to paint the bench white, too! I only wrote the step by step for the table, the bench I really just painted white with those round spongies, that's everything I did.

 

 

 

It's time to craft!

 

 

What you need: paint, brush, covering foil, wood stain, sponge

Optional: Sanding paper

  1. I want to be honest with you... If I wanted to make the frame properly I should have sanded it before painting but I was too lazy so I skipped this step. If you want to do it properly you should definitely sand the old paint off before start painting.
  2. Make sure you've covered the floor and everything you don't want to cover in paint!
  3. And then just start painting - it's as simple as that! Wait, one tip I have for you: if the paint isn't opaque, it's better to apply several thin layer of paint than one thick layer, it takes more time but this way you can avoid paint dripping.
  4. Put your table somewhere you can leave it for drying without bumping into it or it being in the way, often the paint needs a minimum of 24 hours before it's dry - but you'll find the exact time on the paint can
  5. While the frame is drying it's time to paint the wood with wood stain or polish which is weatherproof - so the wood stays beautiful even when it rains! For the lasier I used a sponge instead of a brush and it worked very excellently, it was much faster and easier!
  6. 24 hours later - at this point you would be finished with the table. But I wasn't..

Click on the pictures below to see them/the step by step in full-size

I hated the result! Wow this was a setback... The wood was definitely to bright, it was nearly white and it had nearly no contrast to the frame - awful, just awful! The wood had to be darker, so I went back to the DIY market and bought a lasier in the colour chestnut and painted the wood with the sponge again. The difference was huge and finally I was completely happy with it!

 

It taught me that sometimes we don't have to give up on projects even when the result isn't the way we wanted - sometimes we just have to sit down and think about a solution and most of the time those are easier to do than we think!

 

I'm very happy with my cute new table now and I hope I am able to pimp up the rest of my balcony soon! If you have any questions about it please just leave a comment below, I will answer you as soon as possible!

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NINA LUCA

 

Bern, Switzerland

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