As we approach week three of the Covid-19 lock down or (stay in and only leave the house to shop for essentials) here in Perth, I started to think of things that I have been wanting to do around the house for some time. I am a person who always likes to keep busy, catch up with friends/family, go op shopping or be out and about most weekends; so I needed to find new projects to fill this sudden amount of spare time.
For the last two years I have wanted to update some of my wooden furniture. The pieces are still in great condition, I just wanted to give them a new lease on life. My two favourite styles are Shabby Chic and The Hamptons style, which go with my collective beach, boho vibe.
My husband and I decided the Hamptons style was a good mix that was both of our styles together and we started on our 1st project: the dining room table and chairs!
How to repaint your timber furniture
You will need:
Sandpaper & block (or orbital sander for larger pieces of furniture)
White paint of your choice
Protective varnish - optional (we had a varnish and stain which there are a lot of choices from in Bunnings)
Mini foam paint rollers
Rags for drips and wash-up
Soft brush for applying varnish (if using)
- Sand entire piece by hand if it's a small section or with a sander for larger pieces (a quick job is OK – you’re after a rough surface for the new paint to cling to.) For our Dining Table we sanded back the top of all the chairs and the top of the dining table.
- Wipe over all surfaces to remove paint residue and offer a clean surface for fresh paint.
- Prime first with undercoat, allow to dry (check can for timing).
- Prep with tape on areas or around edges where you do not want the white paint to go on.
- Paint all over with your white paint of choice.
- Reapply until you’re satisfied with the coverage and allow to dry completely - best left overnight if possible (Day one we had done three coats on the Wooden Table and two on the chairs and then left overnight to dry)
- Day two we did another two coats on the chairs as there was a lot of little areas that we had to cover and needed the extra coat.
- Apply protective varnish (if using) and allow to dry completely – again overnight if possible. Pick the varnish and the stain colour that you are looking for (we did two covers on the varnish)
- Finished! and now you get to enjoy your new Hamptons style dining table.
Overall I loved doing this DIY project with my husband and even though it did take two full days to complete, I was so happy with the final look we achieved. Now we're planning to update the coffee table and buffet set too - so that we have a complete 'Hamptons Style' dining room by the end of our lockdown!
The total cost from Bunnings was $180 which completed all three pieces of furniture. Give it a try and send us photos of your upcycle projects!