You know how it is….So you change a wall or a carpet or something and suddenly the rest feels wrong and you have to start adjusting the things around, So since I have treated myself to a concrete looking wall in my bedroom I was wondering for weeks what I can do about my bedside table and my bed actually. Well the bed is another project but the bedside tables were really getting on my nerves since I only had one but actually have two gorgeous Zara Home lamps that look like corals…
I must admit that i used some of the stucco lucido product to pimp up an old side table that I have once found in a brick a brack store, and it looks awesome! So I suddenly had the rather genius idea of getting another one of those, I prayed and I googled and I checked on eBay….and HURRAY – I found one that is, let’s say 90% similar to the one I already had –> it’s really quite awful as is, typical german 60’s/70’s faux antique style with chipping intarsia work, it so appraise that quite a lot of them are still around which to my advantage makes them dirt cheap. Including shipment and with a nice eBay/paypal discount code I just payed around 26 Euros which is around 30 $, which is really good 🙂
–> it’s really quite awful as is, typical german 60’s/70’s faux antique style with chipping intarsia work, it so appraise that quite a lot of them are still around which to my advantage makes them dirt cheap. Including shipment and with a nice eBay/paypal discount code I just payed around 26 Euros which is around 30 $, which is really good 🙂
So first things first, I usually want to keep things simple and since I’m a bit lazy and I hate sanding things down I first tried a bit of alcohol to see if the varnish is shellac, It wasn’t.
but the alcohol cleaned it very well at least so I let it dry and evaporate because I then used my “créme brulée” kitchen torch to do some magic 🙂
burning old varnish is really fast and convenient and since I was anyways going to paint and plaster the whole thing some scorch marks didn’t bother me.
It’s also good fun to see the old paint bubble away and turn to dust, the rest can be lightly scraped off and voilá after 10 minutes you are good to go.
I then painted a quick layer of acrylic paint as a sort of base coat, to cover all the small details, since the stucco lucido paste is not as easy to spread on non flat surfaces.
for the table top itself i went straight for the plaster material and skipped the paint part.
I actually use my hands to massage in the products making sure i cover all the smaller details. It’s quite fun to do actually and I like to get it a bit rough and wild.
For the table top I go as usual by adding several layers of the product spreading it really thinly to achieve a shiny and smooth surface.
and YAAAY after less then an hour I have a nice set of bedside tables that perfectly blend in with the wall, making my bedroom very calming and absolutely serene.