It’s probably down to my obsession with patterned tiles but I think today’s furniture revamp might be my favourite project to date. It was hard work and involved a lot of blood, sweat and tears (believe me I still have the chisel scars on my fingers) but I’m really happy with the finished results.
It took a lot of persuading before Tom let me bring this very vintage table home, he was adamant nothing good could come of it and to be honest I was slightly worried about how firmly concreted the sludgy original tiles were. For £10.00 I figured If I couldn’t make it work it wouldn’t be a huge loss so packed it away in our little car and drove off dreaming of ways to restore this tables beauty.
I started off by removing the tiles with a chisel and hammer, they were set firmly in place so it took me a few hours and a pretty bad injury to get them all off, after that I was just left with some nice hard adhesive to scrape off. The wood of the table frame was originally quite a dark and very retro shade but was in terrible condition; covered in splats of paint and scrapes. I was worried about how it would sand out and whether I would need to restain it with something dark to hide the damage, but amazingly when I sanded the varnish away I was left with the most gorgeous grey/blonde wood. The wood still has little knots and imperfections but paired with the vintage style tiles I think it really adds to the rustic charm.
The original tiles were 200mm x 200mm so I wanted to ensure my replacements fitted with this mold, after much searching I plumped for these antique style blue and white patterned tiles from Tons of Tiles which I had been eyeing up for a little while. If you are trying something new, as I was with tiling, I would always suggest getting on Youtube and watching the professionals first! I watched a couple of videos on how to tile and nervously started spreading the adhesive then grouting the tiles in place! Although my grouting isn’t perfect, it’s not terrible for a first attempt. Grouting can be seriously messy, and I was terrified of ruining the tiles when spreading grout all over them, but luckily it’s easy to wipe off with a wet sponge or cloth.
I’m really happy with the finished result, it makes a pretty cute coffee/laptop table and it’s made that little bit better knowing how much Tom doubted I could make anything of this unloved little table!
What do you think? I did originally buy the piece to sell, but I’m not so sure I can part with it now…