Part of the haul from the Sunbury Antiques Fair was a mid-century nest of tables that had seen better days. With a tighten of the screws, wash and wipe it was ready for a refresh. The set are destined for a newly refurbished flat that could do with an injection of colour. As the tables are quite small, you can be bold without overpowering a room. The tables were given a light sand, and then painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint. The chalk paint leaves a subtle, matt finish once dry.
Then it was time to embark on my first decoupage project. I had some Liberty print fabrics, and chose to use the Angelica Garla A (£22 per m) as although floral it has strong colours such as navy, olive, mustard yellow, and turquoise. First of all, I applied the adhesive to the smooth, clean surface. You could use any universal adhesive, I was using Auro‘s universal adhesive which is made of natural latex. I diluted the adhesive slightly for easy application. I applied the fabric being careful to smooth out any wrinkles, trimmed around the edges and left the adhesive to dry.
Once dry, I used a matt varnish also from Auro to apply two coats and seal the fabric. I used Annie Sloan’s soft clear wax to finish the painted surfaces, and voila!
The smallest table has been claimed by my daughter as her new bedside table. The whole process was fun, and a straightforward way to revive and personalise the nest of tables.
For a simple DIY guide to decoupage check out Channel 4’s web page.