A while ago I was going through the things they were selling in Kierrätyskeskus, (big recycling centre in Finland) when suddenly one table caught my attention! It was a wooden round table with glass that had glued pebbles on it. It caught my eye because it didn`t look like the other mass produced furniture, someone took time to make this table even more special than she was.Yeah, it`s not as if we were choosing a puppy, I know but you can feel when something was taking care of whether it`s an animal, plant or just a piece of furniture. So this table had to be mine!
I want to share with you how I gave my old furniture a second life! I actually got so into this refurbishment thing, that I actually refreshed not only the round table but also our balcony set (which was also bought 2nd hand).
So let`s get started! Here is what you will need:
→sandpapers- 60, 80 and 120 grit , it`s good to have assorted grits
→finish of your choice
→acrylic and wood paint
→protective goggles(old sunglasses work fine too)
→dust mask or respirator(I used a scarf and next time I will definitely buy a mask)
→wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dusty and maybe stained. I walked with paint on my body for days 😀 Well, it was hot and sunny here in Helsinki,what do you know?!
→it`s better to do all the work outside in the open or on a balcony, as I did. And don`t forget to put newspapers all over the place, otherwise you will bring the dust inside your home and you don`t want that,trust me!
So once you have decided on a piece of furniture you want to refurbish you need to wipe the dust from it and then start sanding it. Here there are no specific rules, you just have to try different directions when sanding.
Once you have sanded the chairs you can apply the paint. For this project I used teal colour wood paint, white, golden and metal acrylic paints. First I applied the teal paint and once it dried I added the other paints.
So in the end this is how my old furniture transformed into new for less than 60 euro!
It looks even nicer when it`s sunny!
I hope you found this article helpful, if so I would like to hear how your “DIY Project: Give life to your old furniture” turned out! This was my first such project ever but definitely not the last one! So stay tune and while you do, go to your 2nd hand store/recycle centre and take a look at those old tables, chests, chairs and don’t get turned off by ugly paint or varnish! What is more, you might have just found unique piece of furniture that will make a fine addition to your own home. So give it a second life and who knows one day it might pay back of 😉 !