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Table gets a Moroccan makeover

One of the ladies that attending the DIY Divas Painting Techniques workshop brought along a small table that was in desperate need of a makeover. Dominque wanted the table to have a Moroccan feel to blend in with her planned new look.


Desperately needing some TLC, this little wooden table is still sturdy and just needs a bit of sand and repair to restore it and apply a Rust-Oleum makeover.

The veneer detail on the top of the table needs to be removed, since half of it is missing. My original suggestion was to pop some colourful, small beads into the cut outs, but I changed my mind after painting the table.

The existing veneer was carefully removed using a sharp wood chisel and some wire nails had to be pried out. After removing the veneer I decided to use 3mm MDF to cut out shapes to fill the blank spots. You can substitute with masonite or hardboard, both of which you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.

The table is actually metanti and only required a light sanding to remove paint splotches and a few defects that would spoil the final piece. I didn't want to sand smooth, but rather let the age show once painted.

After sanding the table received two light, even coats of Rust-Oleum 2X meadow green. Dominique selected the colour for the table but I didn't want to apply too much to allow the wood to still be visible underneath the paint. You will find the most extensive range of Rust-Oleum colours at your local Builders.

Circular shapes were cut for the centre using a spade bit and then sprayed with Rust-Oleum 2X gloss sun yellow, while the inlays were painted with Rust-Oleum 2X gloss grape. These colours worked nicely with the green background.

The inlays were mounted in the top of the table with a bead of Pattex No More Nails adhesive.

To fill in around the edge of the inlays to finish off I used a Bostik Glass Deco. This is a thick, almost plastic filler that sets hard and comes in a variety of boxed colours, and you will find this in the stationery section at your local P 'n P.


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