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
- 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.
- Make sure you've covered the floor and everything you don't want to cover in paint!
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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!