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1 Place the item on the drop sheet and wash with a sugar-soap solution to remove any dirt. Place masking tape on all the parts that must not come into contact with the paint stripper, such as fabric, glass, handles, hinges, and so on.
2 Now strip off all the old paint by applying a thick coat of paint stripper over the item. We used Plascon RemovALLCoating Remover for Wood. Apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
3 Leave the item to stand for the necessary time so the paint stripper can react with the paint. You will see the paint begin to bubble and peel off.
4 Wear your gloves and use a paint scraper to scrape off the paint that is lifting off the item.
5 Use a nylon brush or soft copper brush to remove as much of the paint as possible. Leave to dry and then sand off any remaining paint with 80-grit sandpaper.
6 Use mutton cloth and wipe down the whole item with thinners in order to remove any remaining grime.
7 Fill in holes or scratches with wood filler, leave to dry then sand to a smooth finish. Wipe off any dust using a cloth. Paint with a wood primer. We used Plascon Wood Primer for unpainted wood. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
8 Once the primer is dry you can apply two or three coats of paint in the colour of your choice, leaving each coat to dry before applying the next. We used Dulux Gloss Enamel in Flamingo Fun1.
Top of the table
Make an exact pattern of the tabletop from newspaper and trace it onto toilet paper. Cut it out, paint a thin coat of modge podge onto the tabletop and place the paper onto it. Wipe gently from the centre outwards to remove bubbles. The moisture in the glue may cause the paper to stretch slightly, but it will shrink again when it dries. Apply another three or four coats of modge podge over the top, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. Seal with resin or varnish that won’t yellow, or have a glass top cut to fit the table.
Text and images: Ideas magazine