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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, Oct 19 2015 12:38PM

This is the first in a series of features that I have written for Country Living Magazine entitled 'A Simple Make'. In this feature I show you how to make pretty punched tin lanterns to light up the on-coming cold winter evenings. These lanterns can be used inside your home and outdoors too.

You will need

* tin cans

* nail and hammer

* paint

* wire


1. Remove the label from the tin can and wash well. Fill with water and freeze overnight. This will allow you to punch in a pattern without creating dents.

2. Choose your design – either draw this on a piece of paper and attach it to the tin or reproduce it freehand. Doing this before freezing will mean the ice won’t be melting as you draw.

3. Lay the tin on a towel and, using a nail and hammer, carefully punch in your design – three to four taps should do the trick for each hole. Add twoadditional holes close to the rim for the handle.

4. Rinse the tin under a hot tap until the ice has melted and allow it to dry.

5. For a unique touch, cover with a paint suitable for metal surfaces.

6. Using pliable wire (available from Hobbycraft), create a handle by securing each end through the two holes at the top of the tin.

7. Once completed, drop a lit tealight into each of the punched tin lanterns and hang.

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.

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