A few weeks ago I found a free telephone table… and fell in love.

I wanted to bring it back to life so I researched for similar projects and ideas. I love chalk painting furniture anyway and I thought I would give this one a go. When up cycling furniture I try to bring it back to life and just help the piece become more relevant for my house but keeping some of the original features. For example on this piece the upholstery studs.

Step 1 

Clean the wood – First I hoovered (vacuumed) the seat. Then I used a clean cloth and warm water. Nothing fancy just removing dust and dirt.

Step 2

After cleaning the chair I tested the paint on the back of the chair to see how it would look when dry. I loved the outcome so I painted the rest of the chair. Kieran helped and painted the draw.

I used Vintage Duck Egg Blue paint by Johnstones and I’m very happy with the overall look.

Step 3 

After 2 coats of paint I then let it dry over night and then waxed the chair with Annie Sloan clear wax– just using the wax on a cloth then buffing up when dry.

Step 4

We both attempted to strip the chair from fabric, studs, staples and nails. Because it’s an old chair the nails and staples were really hard to extract from the chair… But we managed, a few scrapes, cuts and bruises later.

Step 5

The fun part… applying the fabric.

We picked a fun fabric with a hedgehog pattern. We bought the fabric from a local fabric shops- Seams so easy in Hartlepool. We also added some new padding to the old padding to make it thicker.

Step 6

Finally the studs! We added the studs simply with a hammer and added the pins to secure the stud strips. The studs we got online on eBay and paid approx £7 for 5 strips and nails.


We love our telephone table and we hope we’ve inspired you to get creative with an old piece of furniture.

Love Jessica & Kieran





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