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By Clementene Coates, Jan 26 2016 02:44PM

This is my fifth feature for Country Living Magazine. In this ‘Simple Make’ I show you how to upcycle, restore and paint a beautiful antique vintage table.

You will need

* A small table to upcycle

* Sandpaper

* Sugar Soap

* Sponge

* Primer (if necessary)

* Varnish (if necessary)

* Paint (see below for the paint I used)

* Medium Paint Brush

* Rub 'n' Buff Gold Leaf Gilding Wax


1. Using a medium grade sandpaper create a smooth surface on the wood to create a ‘key’ for the paint to properly adhere to.

2. Brush away any dust and give the whole piece a wash with a clean sponge and a diluted sugar soap solution. Rinse clean and allow to dry.

3. Apply a coat or two of primer (unless you’re using a self-priming paint) and leave to dry.

4. Give your chosen paint a thorough stir and using a good quality paint brush apply your first coat with light, even strokes and then let it dry.

5. With a fine grade sandpaper go over the painted surface to both create a smooth finish and to remove any paint drips. Brush away the dust.

6. Apply a second coat of paint and again leave to dry. If necessary, sand any further paint drips and brush off any dust.

7. If necessary, seal the paint with a suitable clear varnish. Remember, if you're using a water-based paint you will need to use a water-based varnish.

8. Using your forefinger, rub a little gold leaf gilding on any features on the table, or along the edges.

9. For a totally unique look, why not try using two different complimentary paint colours.

On this table I used 'Juniper Ash' (in Intelligent Eggshell) by The Little Greene Paint Company. I found there was no need to prime the table beforehand or to seal the paint with a varnish. This is a very durable paint and wonderful to apply. Two coats did the job perfectly.

For more information about me, my other features and my hand painted furniture business visit my website www.clementenecoates.co.uk and get in touch.

By Clementene Coates, May 31 2015 03:01PM

Most of the furniture I paint is antique (like the piece above) and one of the wonderful things about this is that the hardware (i.e. the handles, hinges, keys and escutcheons) is often very beautiful, with wonderful intricate detail.

Over time the hardware can tarnish due to exposure to air and the overuse or misuse of polish. Some people will think nothing about throwing hardware like this away to replace it with cheap, nasty reproductions, to which I cry “No…what are you doing!!!

Provided that the hardware is attractive and functional I never throw it away. On occassion, I decide to add a new set of handles to a piece to create a different look, for example, I may want to add glass handles to create a more delicate look. In which case, I simply store the antique brass set away as I know I’ll find a use for it on another piece.

In fact, I’m currently in the process of restoring and painting a beautiful antique bureau. When I purchased the piece the handles, whilst beautiful, were rather cumbersome and I don't think they were the original handles. So, I removed them, stored them away and then replaced them with another set I’d taken from a previous piece I had painted. The new (old) set of handles complete the piece and I'm thrilled that I kept them.

The great thing about doing this is not only will you save yourself some money (and trust me, a set of beautiful antique brass handles can be very expensive indeed!), but you’ll also be doing your little bit for the environment too.

Lecture over. Now, what can you do with the old hardware which is looking dirty and a little sorry for itself? Well, there are various ways of cleaning brass and I’ve probably used most of them. Here, however, I'm going to show you how to create a really elegant and antique look using only the following:

• clean lint free cloths

• mineral spirits (white spirit)

• small paint brush

• black gilding wax (e.g. Ebony Rub ‘n’ Buff)*

• gold gilding wax (e.g. Gold Leaf Rub ‘n’ Buff)*

First, clean the hardware with a little mineral spirits to remove any grease and grime. Next, using a paint brush, apply a little black gilding wax making sure you get it into the cracks and crevices (do this if you want to create an aged patina, alternatively, skip straight to the next bit).

Remove any excess black gilding wax with a clean cloth and leave it to dry for a few minutes.

Then, using your forefinger (you get the best control using a finger but feel free to use a cloth instead), lightly rub the raised areas with a little gold gilding wax. Again, remove any excess and leave it to dry for a few minutes.

Finally, using a clean cloth gently buff the wax to create a natural, gorgeous sheen. Here’s a before and after photo to show you the different between a handle which hasn't been cleaned and treated to gilding wax and one which has.

What a difference! And, if you want to go for a really eye-catching, bold gold look apply only the gold gilding wax and use a brush to get it into all the nooks and crannies.

Here’s a picture of Beau, a beautiful bureau I painted in Annie Sloan’s Graphite Chalk Paint®. I applied gold leaf gilding wax to the handles to make them pop against the soft slate coloured paint.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please get in touch. I always love to hear from you.

Happy gilding!

*You can purchase gilding wax online or in a craft shop.

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