A few months ago I picked up a new coffee table from a local business who were  refurbishing their office and gifting the old furniture in return for a donation to charity.

First of all, isn’t that a great idea from them! A great way to make money for local charities.

Anyway, the idea was that I would decorate this table and give it a new look as a little DIY project. So I picked it up, took it home …. then left it sat there for about 6 months without actually doing anything to it, oops!

I have no idea why it took so long, as you can see, it wasn’t the prettiest feature in my living room!

Eventually I got around to checking out some paint options online and asking for recommendations, which is when the lovely team at Paint By Conran got in touch and offered me the opportunity to try out their paints for my DIY project.

Of course I said I’d love to! First things first, I had to try and find the perfect colour. My lounge has various grey tones on the walls, so I opted to go for something along this line.

Whilst you can look on the website at colours, I cannot stress enough how important it is to get an actual colour chart. The colours will always vary slightly, but this is the most effective way to match up to the colour you are looking for, you don’t want to get this wrong!

DIY with Paint by Conran

I opted for the Malham colour, a light grey, in an eggshell finish. This is midway between a gloss and a matt finish. I didn’t want a super shiny table, but nor did I want it to feel at all rough, so this was the perfect compromise.

So, whilst waiting for my little package to arrive, it was time for a bit of DIY shopping. If you’re in St Helier, then there’s only one place to go for your decorating equipment, Anderson Ltd! These guys are super helpful, knowledgeable and have pretty much everything you could need.

Anderson Ltd Jersey DIY

Armed with my new paintbrushes, sandpaper and wood primer, I headed home to start my project!

The instructions are quite clear on the back of the paint tin, even a DIY novice like myself can follow them!

First up, I needed to sand the surface of my table to get a key. If you don’t know what this is don’t worry, you’re not alone! You can either Google it or do what I did and call your dad! Basically getting a key just means sanding the surface until you get an even surface to work with.

This can get a bit dusty, so make sure you’ve got a dust sheet down if you’re working inside, and probably a mask also.

When the table was all evened out ready for the next step, I gave it a wipe down with a damp cloth, dried it off, then made a start on applying the wood primer. I went for white, to offer the best base coat for my chosen paint colour.

It’s a good idea to paint a test corner with your primer, just to be sure that it doesn’t react with the material you’re painting onto. Make sure you give it a really good stir before using too.

I left the base coat to dry overnight, it shouldn’t really take more than 6 hours usually, but check your instructions to be sure. You can also add a second layer if you need to, but as I was only painting over a light coloured surface, it was ok with one.

This is now where things get really simple. Yep, you read that right! Up until now, it had been pretty hard work sanding the table by hand. Even applying that primer was a piece of work, that stuff is not easy to paint on!

Given the effort that had already gone into prepping the table, I had convinced myself that I was going to make a mess of painting the actual colour on and it would end up a streaky disaster!

Luckily, that was not the case at all (hence my ‘this is me happy about painting’ face!). Again, you need to make sure you give the paint a good shake, and stir it to be absolutely sure it’s well mixed.

Bearing in mind I had spent hours on the prep to get to this stage, I was thrilled when I started to paint the first coat on the table, only to find that it was super slick and so easy to manipulate on the wooden surface.

I was really impressed with the results even after the first coat had dried! Since I could still see a few of the brushstrokes I had left though, I decided to give myself another chance at being a pro with a second coat. (Be sure to let the first coat dry for 6-8 hours first though!)

And there you have it! My perfectly smooth, perfectly colour matched and ridiculously easy new table!

I am so pleased with the results, it goes fabulously with the other colours in my lounge and  I can’t believe how easy it was to do. This is the first time I have tried a DIY project such as this, so I’m impressed with myself and very thankful to the guys at Paint by Conran for making it so fool proof!

The whole Paint by Conran range was created by Terence Conran, a designer, restaurateur and retailer, busy man! Created in partnership with Master Paintmakers, who have collectively been making paint for over 120 years, the range consists of 96 great colours and takes inspiration from British plants and landscapes.

I personally think it’s a great concept that the range is true to British heritage and takes inspiration from our surroundings, it’s also great value!

If you have a DIY project that you’ve been putting off, I highly recommend checking out the Paint by Conran range to get started, they are perfect for all sorts of projects!

You can find them on Facebook, or visit their website. Let me know what projects you get up to? I’d love to see your results too!


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