DIY project: How to Paint Wood Furniture With an Aged Look

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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
→sanding block
→finish of your choice

→acrylic and wood paint

→rags

→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!

0So 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.

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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.

12121I did the same with the round table…

121212…aaand with the other table! Yes, it took some time… of course I didn`t do all of them in one day, noooo way!

So in the end this is how my old furniture transformed into new for less than 60 euro! 

This is my new working spot. The colours bring me back memories from Black sea so I took with me some shells and made this cool decoration.They still smell like the sea...
This is my new working spot. The colours bring me back memories from Black sea so I took with me some shells and made this cool decoration.They still smell like the sea…
I bought these covers before I had the idea of refurbishing and they didn`t look that good on the original set.
I bought these covers before I had the idea of refurbishing and they didn`t look that good on the original set.I am glad they match purrrfectly now!

It looks even nicer when it`s sunny!

This little beauty is handmade and I bought it for 50c from the Recycling centre!
This little beauty is handmade and I bought it for 50c from the Recycling centre! Can you imagine what people throw away!?!? 
I love how the table fits perfect in the interior.Yep,the sofa is bought from the Recycle centre. The rug I brought from Bulgaria, it is very dear to me it used to be my grandma`s.It`s handmade and absolutely stunning!
I love how the table fits perfectly in the interior! Yep,the sofa is bought from the Recycle centre as well! I brought the carpet from Bulgaria, it is very dear to me, it used to be my great grandma`s. It`s handmade and absolutely stunning! In fact the carpets made in Chiprovtsi are included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. For more information of this unique Bulgarian Heritage click here.

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 😉 !

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2 thoughts on “DIY project: How to Paint Wood Furniture With an Aged Look

    1. I am glad you like the article,Anita!Thank you 🙂
      I bought the wood paint and the sanding tool from a Clas Ohlson store in Helsinki.The acrylic paint I had from before,you can find then in any Craft supplies shop! 😉

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