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.
Plaster of Paris Paint
220 grit sandpaper Sanding sponge
Polycrylic Furniture Buttons(similar to what I used)
Make Your World Colorful With Velvet Finishes Paint
the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest for November is sponsored by Velvet Finishes Paint and our theme is “Colour Your World”. When I got the sample card showing the 21 beautiful color selections it was a hard choice but my eyes kept going to the color called Tranquil. Right next to it was Boheme. A wonderful compliment for the project I had in mind. The way to make your world colorful with Velvet Finishes Paint is so simple. The colors are so rich and luxurious looking and the complimentary products make your painting project so easy.
Now I was a bit apprehensive because the cabinet finish was glossy. Under normal circumstances, I would sand or prime the piece before painting. This line has a product called Ready. I sprayed it on the piece and let it dry. It was ready to paint. Imagine that!
This is a little cabinet. I decided to use the lighter turquoise, Boheme on the inside. The sides of the inside of the cabinet, including the doors were painted. The top and bottom of the inside is in Tranquil. The biggest problem is what color to paint the outside of the doors. Decisions, decisions.
The outside of the cabinet is in Tranquil. A lovely rich turquoise just a shade darker than the Boheme.
Now remember the finish is glossy so I thought for sure I would be redoing the paint job. I did the first coat, walked away, then the second coat and walked away. When I checked it after a few hours I couldn’t believe how smooth the finish is and what great coverage.
Once the cabinet was painted inside and out, I applied Protect on the top. Protect is a Velvet Finishes product that is a polyurethane. It gives the furniture a nice protection against life’s bumps and bruises, as their website says. I used a clear glaze on the rest of the cabinet. I had ordered the dark glaze but decided to go with clear and it is a different product.
One door is missing the glass so I decided this is the perfect time to use the hardware cloth. It reminds me of chicken wire but the mesh is finer. I also decided to spray paint the hardware silver to match the hardware cloth. Then I put it all together. To finish the raw edge of the hardware cloth I glued ribbon around it. On the short sides, I glued a piece of ribbon. Then cut the corners on the long pieces on a diagonal and glued over the edge of the short pieces of ribbon.
What a wonderful way to make your world colorful with Velvet Finishes Paint.
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