Upcycled Furniture

Project DIY: Lattice Table Makeover

We love a good DIY project! Not only is it fun to give new life to old things, it is a great way to keep items out of the landfill. Part of a sustainability mindset is finding ways to use what we already have and therefore purchase less.

The DIY Project: Transforming this dated lattice table into a farmhouse style piece

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Why I Love It

I fell in love with this piece the moment I laid eyes on it. I was so excited when I responded to the online ad that I typed in my phone number wrong! Thankfully, the seller was kind enough to reply by email even after calling the wrong person.

I loved the unique shape of this piece of furniture. While the top layer of it was a veneer, the overall structure was solidly built.

The Plan

My plan for this was to paint it a stark white and seal it with wax. I love the farmhouse style of furniture, but did not want to distress the paint on this particular item. I wanted to keep it clean and fresh in the final look.

Supplies List

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The Process

Before I could start painting, there was a bit of repair work to be done. There were multiple broken pieces in the top layer of the cabinet. As a solution, I sourced a small roll of veneer from my hardware store and used some wood glue to attached the cut pieces.

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Before and after for the broken pieces fixed with a strip of veneer.

The next stage was dismantling and taping off various areas, then the painting began.

It felt like this piece of furniture fought back the entire journey. It took four coats before the stain stopped seeping through the paint.

Applying a primer before applying the chalk paint helps to prevent any of the original stain seeping through the paint. I often sand down furniture before painting, but with the veneer top layer I chose not to do this. Every piece of furniture is a learning experience!

After applying the paint and allowing it to dry, I applied coats of wax to seal the paint.

The Finished Product

Even after all of the hard work and problem solving this piece entailed, I couldn’t help but love the finished product!

Before
Dismantling and prepping for the first coats of paint.
First coats of paint.
Finished product!

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