Neon is having a moment all over blog land, and I have noticed my pinterest boards slowly being overcome with bright colours.
I just can’t go past the way a splash of neon can light up an outfit, brighten up a room or add a fresh summery vibe to anything it touches.
Needless to say, when it came time to choose paint for my latest DIY project, I couldn’t go past the brightest neon yellow that I could find in Bunnings.
The photos really don’t do it justice, in real life the colour is much more neon than banana yellow.
Coffee Table Revamp
I have been on the lookout for a coffee table to makeover ever since we got our couch. It felt like something that has been lacking from our lounge room, as a place to put our coffees, glasses of wine or just put our feet up, without both trying to squish on the chaise area of the lounge (as romantic as that can be.
An op shop visit saw a $10 coffee table come home with me.
At first glance it was very poor quality, made from some kind of bamboo, with a non-matching table top, yet looking at the shape of the base, I knew that a couple coats of white paint would do it a world of good.
Since I paint with a brush, the shape of the base made it rather time consuming and challenging, but a couple of coats of primer and a semi-gloss top coat had it looking as good as new.
It didn’t take much thought choosing the neon yellow for the table top, which brings out the yellow in our floral cushions, and as soon as I opened the tin of paint I knew I had made the right choice.
2-3 coats of the top and the colour was vivid and bright. I couldn’t help smiling when I looked at it so I knew that the colour choice was perfect.
A couple coats of top sealant for protection and it has found its new place in our lounge room, topped with a succulent. I am so pleased that it turned out exactly as I had envisaged.
The shape is ideal as it tucks away beside the couch but also can be pulled out for use by numerous people, rather than leaving wine glasses on the floor where they will inevitably be kicked.
As I already had the white paint and primer from a previous project, the yellow was a sample sized pot which was less than $10, and the table was from an op shop, this project was low cost and really didn’t take too much work. With a bit of effort you can certainly create your own statement coffee table for very little expense! I would love to see the results if you give it a go!
Photos from: my camera
Paint colour: Taubman’s Hi-C Yellow