A while back my friend gave me two tables. You can read about one of them here. This table is a rattan table that is quite common in the thrift stores.
I decided to keep it in white, basically a refresh. We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel, maybe it needs a slight update. How to make a rattan table ravishing with paint is an easy fix.
As far as repair, I only needed to replace the furniture buttons because the table was missing a couple. I popped out the old ones. Added a touch of wood glue to the new ones and popped the new buttons in the holes. Looks good as new.
I decided to paint the table in a navy blue DIY Chalk Paint base coat. It is the same color I used on the rocking chair. The recipe is one part plaster of Paris mixed with water and then 3 parts of paint. I added a little bit more of water then normal since I wanted to make sure the paint went into the little nooks and crannies made by the rattan. It ended up taking one full coat of paint and then I went back over it in spots for full coverage.
I mixed up the DIY chalk paint in a warm white and finished up the project. Once the table was painted and dried, I sanded it in spots using the sanding sponge covered with 220 grit sandpaper. It was lightly distressed to allow the navy to show and to blend with most decorating styles and colors. I think of navy as a neutral don’t you?
Instead of using wax, I decided to use Polycrylic to protect it. This type of table looks great on a lanai or poolside. The table has a nice subtle shine so see how easy it is to make a rattan table ravishing with paint? If you see one of these plain tables go ahead and get it since it is an easy update.
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