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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, Jan 7 2016 09:57PM

What a truly wonderful year 2015 was. A couple of years ago I’d never have imagined that I’d leave my legal career behind me to pursue my passion for restoring and painting furniture.

This time last year I had just launched my website and online shop and was about to sell my first piece of furniture. The thought of leaving a career you know so well to start a completely new one can be an extremely daunting one. I made the leap and I haven’t looked back. Not once.

There’s no denying that starting a business from scratch has its challenges, but that’s part and parcel of the journey. And what a journey I’ve had so far!

Of course I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing family and friends. In particular I want to thank my fiancé Pete, whose constant support, encouragement, advice (and technical wizardry!) I shall never forget.

I also want to thank my clients who’ve bought my furniture and trusted me to paint their own. Each and every one of you have been an absolute pleasure to work with and I’m overjoyed by your feedback. Last but not least I thank all of the lovely strangers who’ve taken the time to follow my work and who’ve been so generous with their kind comments.

So, to celebrate my first official year as Clementene Coates, I thought I’d take a little look back at some of my most memorable moments of 2015…

* I sold my first piece of furniture, a pretty black and grey bureau I named Beau. And then I sold some more…

* I was commissioned to restore and paint an array of beautiful furniture here in Yorkshire, in the South and as far afield as Scotland…

* I was invited to 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to showcase my work to Lord Young, James Caan and the PM himself…

* My business featured in The Yorkshire Post, The Telegraph &Argus and Yorkshire Living Magazine…

* I worked on a fabulous collaboration project with the very talented daughter and mother duo, Stephanie & Michelle Witts of Witts Design

* I collaborated with gifted interior designer, Vanessa Rhodes and Turnpost Four Poster Beds and our work was exhibited at Decorex International in London

* I was asked to be a Features Writer for Country Living Magazine and Reloved Magazine

* And, at long last I got to meet one of my idols, Annie Sloan, THE world's most respected expert in decorative paint, colours and techniques...

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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