Tuesday 12 April 2011

Bee happy ..... change a table

A few weekends ago I started sanding down this table to repaint it.

I have had this table for quite a few years now, and it started off pine then I used an ivy stencil around the corners.

I got the table from Ikea in Leeds even before there was an Ikea open at Nottingham. We drove the table home in a smallish car with the table resting over the top of the headrests so it would fit in the car! Husband and I had compacted backs for a week after driving home squashed in our seats with the table over our heads, probably highly illegal but I just had to have it!

But back to the sanding.

This is it having had a sanding with the electric sander and ready for painting.

Painted white and drying in the living room. Under this white paint
is grey so when I distress it the grey shows through.

2 coats of white paint and a new handle.

The table then went back on the garden to be distressed by hand so the grey paint would show through.
Here is my lovely assistant.

It took about 2 hours by hand to distress and gave me a really sore arm and shoulder!

After sanding by hand the table looked a bit shiny on top still so kind husband got out the electric sander again and went over it to dull it off and then it got sanded again by hand with a really fine paper to finish it off.

Really pleased with the result, the grey shows through and it looks shabby and chic!

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!


  1. It looks fantastically shabby chic! I love the finish you've achieved with it - well worth the elbow grease, did you wait long between coats? The little drawer knob is so pretty too, do you keep your cutlery in it? I've always wanted a table with a drawer!

    Jem xXx

  2. well done - looks amazing! Well worth the bad back and the pain of sanding! Scarlett x

  3. I have a table I MUST do yours looks so good may motivate me

  4. Wow!!! I love it.....love your chairs as well! Well done you!

  5. That looks great, I know there hard work to do these projects but thats so worth it. x

  6. Hi
    What a fantastic idea, the table looks fantastic and definitely worth the effort.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Years ago my parents owned a company that specialised in selling products for antiques, furniture etc called Classic Finishes (I worked there too), so I know what effort went into your table - Very nice!

  8. That's a lot of work to make it look like it's shabby!! O_0 I guess I'm too old to understand this trend.

  9. What a big job! it looks fabtastic!! i wish i had an electric sander so I can do BIG projects like you, love the shabby chic distressed look of it, i hate sanding it by hand and you have to distress it by hand, imagine if i do both sanding and distressing by hand urghhh...but love the new look of it!

  10. That looks great still have to finish mine - just a bit of touching up here and there. Hubby dropped bombshell the other day and said he did not want the dresser top in the house - WHAT - i'm working on it and may even have to rupture a disc in my spine but I will drag it in if it kills me. LOL.

  11. Wow, that looks fabulous - your hard work was well worth it. Love the new knob on the little drawer too.

  12. What a lovely table. It certainly looks great after your hard work. Love the distressing as well.

  13. I have to do something like that with my table ;)

    Your blog is lovely!
    Kisses from Spain,


  14. Lovely makeover, it looks so much better now that you have added your own touch!
    Isabelle x

  15. When you say you did that distressing by hand.....you mean without using an electric sander?

    Because if so, man you are brave...and determined! I would never ever attempt that without a sanding machine - I am far too lazy. :)

    Your table looks great. Really. Well done you.

  16. Such a great makeover. well done it looks great.

  17. It looks lovely and fresh well done ;-)) Its a great feeling when something works out the way you want it to. enjoy the rest of your week, dee x

  18. Btw, you've won an award at my blog, but you dont have to worry if you dont want to take it, no pressure :)

    x Susan

  19. Tell your friends you bought this table at a Provence brocante for 1,000 euros - that's what it looks like! What a brilliant, professional job!

  20. Hi! I love your mini schnauzers, what are their names? Thanks for visiting my blog.

  21. thanks for the comment on my pegs post, i just use mod podge on top of the pegs only :)

  22. you are super good with furniture. xx

  23. Fantastic! Well done on your hard work & fab result. Lizzie

  24. Love that finish!
    Great job!
    {the white chair}

  25. It looks fabulous! Well done.
    Pam x


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