We want to furnish the tents with a vintage shabby chic theme, so have decided to source some old pre-loved furniture and give it a facelift. This is my first attempt!
Here’s how to do it (courtesy of Mandy Cooper at Designer Creations at the Hop Pole in Hereford). Firstly clean the table with sugar soap to get rid of dirt and grease, then give a coat of chalk paint (I used Autentico silver). If all goes well you just need to do another coat and Bob’s your uncle, however with some older, darker woods you get what’s called ‘bleed through’ and you can do as many coats as you like, but a dark stain keeps coming through the paint, sadly my little table was a ‘bleeder’!
All is not lost, for those cases you just need a stain resistant primer before your second coat of paint. Here is a ‘who knew’ moment for me, the primer you need contains shellac which is a resin secreted by the female ‘lac bug’, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand!
After the second coat of paint, I added a strip of washi tape – mine was from Hobbycraft and is just known as decorative tape, but the original was made from washi paper from Japan. I just followed it up with matt varnish. You can use wax over chalk paint, but varnish is more hard wearing.
I am really pleased with my little table.