Transforming an old trunk into a Coffee Table
I recently redecorated an apartment in Old Quebec. It needed paint, some tidying up and some love! So I combined something useful and pleasant using just a little bit of paint. I turned an old faded chest into a coffee table that now also serves as storage in the living room! I found this wonderful piece for only $ 15 on Marketplace.
Preparing and Painting
It was a super simple project that didn’t require too much know-how! First, a good cleansing with TSP (I used the Cleaner and Varnish Remover from Colorantic).
I applied a coat of the colour Night. Colorantic paint is very thick so I thinned it down by adding a small amount of water. It is indeed possible to dilute the paint by adding water to it, but take note that this may make the colour fade slightly. I then let it dry for 1 hour, but 20 minutes would have been enough. However, the weather was beautiful and I had a glass of Sangria while I waited! So, I let it dry for 1 hour.
For this project two coats were necessary
Putting emphasis on the details
I thought it was too dark so I decided to use the colour Metallic Champagne on the metal ornaments using a small artist paintbrush from Colorantic. So I painted the corners and the hardware. One coat did the job.
Once dry, I found it a bit too shiney for my liking, so I improvised and used a glaze that I customized myself. You can create your own colour of glaze, just mix 1 part chalk paint and 2 parts translucent window glaze. I applied the glaze liberally to the “gold paint” with the same small brush and dabbed the excess with a paper towel. I got the aged effect I was looking for.