DIY: Give a Coffee Table a Second Life

This is my very first ever! Today I want to share my experience and enthusiasm on upcycling an old coffee table that my parents owned since I was 4 years old.
The whole idea of painting this table and giving it a new look and character started when I stumbled upon a video by Annie Sloan about painting with chalk paint.
Full post with material list, and sources are on my blog:
#DIY Here's the finished product.
#DIY The tools I used: Chalkpaint®, soft wax, brushes, sandpaper, cork block, cloth
#DIY The original old Coffee Table. I started with the legs, sides and finished with the top.
#DIY A close-up of the painted table after waxing. You can see the strokes and difference in colouring. This gives it the special character.
#DIY After the second paint layer is dry, you can take the sandpaper, and if you like the cork block, to sand down on particular parts to get the vintage look.
#DIY Don't be afraid to use the sandpaper. If you don't like it you can always retouch it with the Chalkpaint®.

Gilbert | upcycleDZINE
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  • Lily White Lily White on Dec 17, 2013
    oh my...sorry. Another gorgeous piece, trashed. This is like the 50's when people decided that painting the gorgeous wood in their homes was a good idea. Now we are stripping things to get back to natural.

    • Gilbert | upcycleDZINE Gilbert | upcycleDZINE on Dec 18, 2013
      @Lily White Thanks for your comment. In a way for me it's strange and fun that you say it's 'like the 50s' when people decided to paint gorgeous wood. Here in Europe however, in the 50s everything was natural or varnished. And since the 90s, end 90s, here in western Europe people started to paint their furniture with chalk paint. And since the last ±7 years it's very populair. Most of the time I prefer natural. But in this case, the top of the table, varnished, was looking terrible and because we have a dark brown wooden floor, a grey table would seemed better. And maybe in time I'll sand it down :-)

  • Kathy Ziegler Kathy Ziegler on Sep 02, 2014
    WOW...Lily White! Way to be rude. It's not my style either, but I think the job Gilbert did is commendable. At least he tried something.