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DIY Drafting Table Faux Finish Extreme Make-over

You may have something you’re not using and you may say, “One of these days I’m going to paint this.” If that sounds like you, here are some simple painting techniques that anyone can do.

Who uses a drafting table anymore? I inherited a cute, old wooden drafting table that was rickety and definitely not level! I decided that instead of letting the table simply take up space I would transform it into something beautiful.

So, I oiled every bolt, repaired a loose section by replacing the screws, shored it up using a level and two wooden braces, and painted with gold and bronze glazes.

I like to “think a project through” from the start and get it all organized:

  • write down everything I might need,
  • buy any items I need at the local hardware store,
  • organize all the pieces and tools in one place.

Then, I’m able to sink into the project and enjoy it without interruptions.

 

AFTER: Loving that patina and can think of many fun uses for this table either as an easel, special place for my latest dream board, or tabletop when I set the table fully horizontal. Tune in to my next blog to see how I used it!

Adding the finishing touches to my project!With everything laid out I enjoyed the process of painting. Usually the painting is the easier part. It's the prep and clean-up that take more time. I wear my painting jeans and like kneeling on cushy floor mats for comfort.

With everything I need easily accessible I enjoy the process of painting. Usually the actual painting is the easier part. Don’t risk ruining your good clothes thinking you can keep paint off of you. It never works.  I wear my painting jeans and like kneeling on cushy floor mats for comfort.

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Finishing up. Repurposing furniture is my passion. What’s your next DIY project? The last thing I always do is clean my paint brushes with shampoo and conditioner to keep them soft.

 

 BEFORE:

The wood was dry and lifeless, bolts and hinges rusty. Time to revamp that!

The wood was dry and lifeless. Time to revamp that! I like to keep all of my paints in a rolling cart with small cans grouped by color in bins and labeled. Easy to access just what I need.

 

One of the great things about painting anything is that you can easily change it if you don’t like the results.

Whenever you need to make a hardware store fun, be sure and take the old screws with you in a plastic bag for the correct size.

Whenever you need to make a hardware store run, be sure and take the old screws with you in a plastic bag for the correct size. This vintage table used regular screws and I opted to replace them with Phillips.

I experimented with applying the paint glaze directly to the old wood v. priming it first. I liked the result of priming it better; so went back over the top portion and primed and repainted that section.

I experimented with applying the paint glaze directly to the old wood v. priming it first. I liked the result of priming it better; so went back over the top portion and primed and repainted that section.

I like lifting the project onto a large work table for ease of doing the repairs. Keep everything you'll need alongside from the start. No running back and forth to the garage.

I like lifting the project onto a large work table for ease of doing the repairs. Keep everything you’ll need alongside from the start. No running back and forth to the garage.

This is the final golden glow I was going for. I always like to add some glam to every project!!

This is the golden glow I was going for. I always like to add some glam to every project!! I used gold for the top of the table and bronze for the legs.

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