Colours that welcome you to the table.

A dining-table is a natural meeting place both for parties and everyday life. It should be pleasant to sit at the table, and Julia's goal was to provide a special feeling by combining glaze and paint in different colours. The two glazes, Drivved and Aqua, lift the natural structure and grain of the wood in a beautiful way. The three colours – gold, turquoise and white – are each well-balanced and together give an attractive and pleasing impression.

1. Preparation

 

 

 

The surface must be prepared before the wood is glazed or primed. Julia wipes each slat with a dry, rough micro-fibre cloth that picks up both small and large particles. The different surfaces are then divided with masking tape that enables sharp edges between the different colours. A dustsheet is then placed on the floor at the workplace to protect from paint splashes.

Here are the drawings for Julia's table and a list of all paints used

 

2. Painting

Julia starts with the surfaces that are to be glazed, and works consistently with long brush strokes. She finishes with a long stroke so as to obtain an even surface without streaks and marks. The masking tape is removed immediately, and the surface is allowed to dry. Usually, one coat of glaze is sufficient, although two coats may be applied if the surface is to be covered more thoroughly. An Elite paintbrush is used here, which is particularly suitable for glaze.

Julia continues by priming the surfaces that are to be painted. Two top coats of paint are then applied in the different colours before the tape is removed and everything is allowed to dry. Because the table is to be placed outdoors, window paint is used, which provides a more durable surface. Tesa Precision is used to obtain really sharp edges, and a Platinum angled varnish brush is used for the top coat for best precision and finish.

3. Completion

The slats are placed upside down and joined with transversal supports and screws. The tabletop is then placed onto two painted trestles. 

Would you like to see more inspiring projects for the patio? Read about how to paint pots and cushions, and how to build your own plant wall.

USEFUL TIP! When the paint has dried, the table can be sanded with a sanding block if you want to give it a weathered and rustic feeling. However, this should only be done if the table is to be protected by some form of cover, because the sanding will make the table less resistant to wind and weather.