How to reinvent a pine table

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  • 4 easy ways to turn an old table from staid to stunning

    A console table

    How to do it

    Step 1) Paint a neutral base coat over the whole table.

    Step 2) Once dry, mask out different-width stripes before filling them in with your chosen colour palette. Darker colours will need three or four coats.

    Tip: to prevent colours from bleeding when the masking tape is removed, use a very fine brush to paint along the edges of the tape with the base colour.

    Step 3) Make sure you paint part on the tape and part on the table for a neat seal. Carefully peel off the masking tape, then use a clear matt varnish to strengthen the finish.

    Tip: why not use up old sample pots of paint for your stripes?

    What you need

    Stripes painted in Famille Rose, City Grey, Lagoon, Lichen, Black and Mushroom acrylic eggshell, all £19 for 1l, Zoffany.

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