A Cheeky Find

This table had been dumped upside down in a skip a few doors down in the road where I live. It was the middle of the afternoon when I spotted it and I felt far too timid to lift it out, but it niggled me for the rest of the day. A perfectly good table going to waste!

On my way home from drinks with friends later that evening and quite with a lot of red wine consumed, I had no such reservations and promptly lifted it out and carried it home.

The first thing was to give it a good wash (it was filthy), followed by a coat of Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint.

I bought a tin of Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue a while ago and have hardly used it, but it is such a beautiful, tranquil colour I decided to use it for the top coat.

Before applying the stencil design, I gave it a really firm sanding (which incidentally is great for toning the arms). I wanted it to looked really distressed with quite a lot of wood revealed.

The shape of the table is very simple and so I decided to use a really simple, repeating design for the stencil. This was applied using Old White.

A couple of coats of wax, a light buff and here it is, reclaimed, reused and reloved.

My son says I should return it anonymously to the original owner!

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