Upcyling a nest of tables using Pinty Plus chalk spray paint

by Hannah

The lounge update project continues and this time I focused on a nest of tables that we inherited.  They were dark wood with some sort of veneer finish and not in terribly good condition. Working with Pinty Plus again, I decided to choose some chalk spray paint to bring them up to date.

My original plan for them, was to sand down the tops to reveal the natural wood and then paint the legs to match our colour scheme in the lounge. I chose to use some Pinty Plus chalk spray paint in white, yellow and grey which I thought would compliment the wood well.

First of all I decided to start sanding the top of the small table, to see what I was dealing with. Not surprisingly, veneer is tough to sand through and after a fair bit of elbow grease, I did eventually manage to get to the original wood underneath. It looked promising, with lovely lines in the wood.  So I moved onto the next size up and it wasn’t until I was half way through sanding that I realised the wood was a mixture of cuts, including what looked like fibreboard.

It was such a shame to discover that the wood wasn’t solid and especially so after spending quite a bit of time sanding them! I had really loved the idea of having them part wood and part painted but it obviously wasn’t meant to be. On the plus side, it did save me an awful lot of grief with not having to sand the larger table.

After discovering this, I simply set to work with prming the tables ready for painting. The spray paint creates a very even effect and is a lot quicker to work with than painting with a paint brush alone. You just have to get the distance right and not be too over zealous with spraying.

We never used to have any table by the sofa, so I had always earmarked the tables to be by the side of it. We were forever reaching across to the footstool that we put a tray on, but it was all too easy to kick over! So it’s nice to have a designated corner to place some flowers or a plant and have a place to put a book and a drink.

Not only does a nest of tables look good but they’re also incredibly useful. One can remain stationary while the other two can be moved around the room or to the other end of the sofa. Having said that though, seeing as these are newly painted, I don’t think they’ll be moved around anytime soon…

If you fancy having a look at my last project with Pinty Plus then you can see my mid century telephone table here.

Nb.  A collaborative post with Pinty Plus.


Kara 17th May 2017 - 4:31 am

I love them. They turned out so good and match your living room so well.

I have yet to use either the grey or the white paint so it’s nice to see.
I want now seeing this.

Hannah 24th May 2017 - 1:34 pm

I loved using the grey paint as it went on really well. Lovely shade too x

Kate 19th May 2017 - 9:24 am

These look great. Nest tables always remind me of being a kid, my mum was obsessed with her nest of tables and I kind of wish she still had them, I’d upcycle them and keep them in the family!

Will they last a good while, with knocks and bumps do you think? x

Hannah 24th May 2017 - 1:35 pm

I remember them as a kid and not really liking them! Of course now, I realise how useful they are. Probably not so good with the knocks and bumps with chalk paint, although the wax finish is pretty robust! x

Sabina Green 19th May 2017 - 10:20 pm

These paints look amazing!! My friend has just upcycled a gorgeous bureau desk that she was GIVEN (so lucky) and has decorated them with chalk paint. I just wish that I could find something to do in my house as I love transforming things x

Hannah 24th May 2017 - 1:36 pm

Bureau’s come up really nicely don’t they. You must have something, a chest or table? I love being able to change the handles and things as well x

Clare @ Maybush Studio 24th May 2017 - 10:46 am

When we lived in military accommodation I always used to chuckle about the fact that a nest of tables was on the “officer only” list. Yes that’s right, you were only allowed to have them issued if you were an Officer rank… therefore you are officially posh!

Hannah 24th May 2017 - 1:37 pm

Ha ha really? Isn’t that funny! Well I’ll happily take the posh label 🙂 x

Ruth Davies Knowles 31st May 2017 - 4:32 pm

They look absolutely terrific Hannah and well done you! Bad news that you spent so long standing for nothing but at least you tried and can do that look on a different project! X


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