We spent the week planning, clearing out, shopping & updating the living room. We took a leaf from our own book and updated our accent colour!
Our accent colour for autumn & winter is strangely, white! White works really well if you have a dark or colourful background, and our background colour is predomintantly khaki & grey, so white linen refreshes everything, plus its easy to wash. Check out our 'Pick an accent Colour' feature here
A few years back (oh maybe 6 years!) I searched high and low for a coffee table, and I mean high and low!!! Then as I was browsing a home magazine, it popped up and from the most unusual source - Marks & Spencer!
At the time it worked well in a white room and added a zing of green! But now it's not doing it for me BUT I love the shape, still!
So after lots of searching for which colour, my daughter cut it straight to the chase - 'do it white mummy', so here we go!
You will need the following:
2 small rollers
Coarse & fine sand paper
Pot of paint (colour of your choice)
Matt clear varnish
1. Give the furniture a good scrub and wipe dry, let it dry completely.
2. Get the coarse sand paper on all the bits that need it. We had some huge scratches from moving and some scars from dropped nail varnish remover! So get sanding, and finish with the very fine sand paper. Give it a good wash again with the soapy water, dry.
3. Now this coffee table doesnt need a coat of primer, but if you are painting untreated wood, you NEED to prime the wood first, otherwise the coloured paint will just keep soaking into the paint and you will have to do endless coats!
4. Get painting! Rollers work a dream for furniture. I painted all my kitchen units with a roller and it came up even, flat and looks professional! This table needed 3 thin coats of white satin. In between coats, here is a top tip : To save your brush or roller, wrap in clingflim! It is really important to let each coat dry, if not you will roll-up previous coats when you add wet paint on a wet coat, and then you will have start AGAIN!
5. Once the last coat of paint is on - leave over night before you add the varnish! Now you need varnish on a coffee table, the paint (even if gloss) will scratch, and a matt finish just looks better! Use a roller for this. You will need to leave this again 24 hours after to make doubly sure everything is super dry!
Then voila! Here is our new colour scheme with a new coffee table!