DIY shabby colour dipped dining table

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I found the inspiration for this dining table on Pinterest months ago.  Unfortunately though the link was broken and there was no tutorial so I had to work out how to do it myself.  I’m so in love with how it turned out and want to go paint all my furniture now!


What you need.

Timber table (I found mine on gumtree for $80)

Sample pot of your chosen colour



Clear timber varnish (I used Bondall Monocel in ultragloss)


Step 1. Remove legs (or tape around top). Lightly sand back legs until smooth. I screwed mine onto a piece of board to hold them upright whilst I worked. (Actually I got Andrew to do this, but you know, same same.)


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Step 2. Paint at least two coats of your colour, lightly scuffing back in between coats.


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Step 3. Sand paint back to reveal timber underneath. I concentrated on edges and highlighting other imperfections


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Step 4. Take a break to play monster trucks.


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Step 5. Wipe down legs to remove all dust and spray a coat of varnish.  Leave to dry overnight. Scuff back with a fine sandpaper. Wipe down and repeat.  (I put 3 coats of varnish on mine).


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Step 6.  Re-attach your legs and admire your work.  Now I just need to find some chairs!


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What do you think? Have you tried refashioning your furniture?

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